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Your Brain and Business: The Neuroscience of Great Leaders (paperback)

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Your Brain and Business: The Neuroscience of Great Leaders (paperback)


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Lessons from the latest studies in neuroscience on how to train your brain to be an effective leader and manager.

  • Neuroscience discoveries that help executives lead and communicate more effectively, drive change more successfully, and supercharge their personal performance.
  • Leverage “social intelligence” to guide colleagues toward more effective relationships.
  • Execute more crisply by clearing the pathways from thought to “action-orientation” to real action.


  • Copyright 2011
  • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • Pages: 288
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-405777-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-405777-4

Harvard psychiatrist and executive coach Srinivasan S. Pillay illuminates the rapidly-emerging links between modern brain science and the corner office. What does neuroscience have to do with leadership? Everything. In Your Brain and Business: The Neuroscience of Great Leaders, Phillay discusses recent advances in brain science and neuroimaging and how they can dramatically improve the way leaders work with colleagues to drive successful change. As the brain is increasingly examined in the context of personal and organizational development, remarkable insights are being uncovered: insights that are leading to powerful new strategies for improving business execution.

Pillay reveals six ways that brain science can be used by today’s executives, and presents new interventions for coaches who want to help their clients overcome common leadership problems. Discover how to:

  • Use positive, “strengths-based” approaches to encourage the brain to learn
  • Encourage more effective relationships through the fascinating neuroscience of social intelligence
  • Promote innovation and intuition, and overcome intangible vulnerabilities in leaders’ brains
  • Transform the “idea” of change into crisp, timely execution 

Leaders and coaches worldwide are already applying this knowledge to dramatically improve personal performance. Now, with Pillay’s help, everyone can.

Sample Content

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Relevance of Neuroscience to the Business Environment     1

Chapter 2 How Does Positive Thinking Affect the Business Brain?     25

Chapter 3 The Neuroscience of Social Intelligence: Guiding Leaders and Managers to Effective Relationships     59

Chapter 4 Of Innovation, Intuition, and Impostors: Intangible Vulnerabilities in the Brains of Great Leaders     91

Chapter 5 The Challenge Prior to Change: How Brain Science Can Bring Managers and Leaders from Idea to Action Orientation     121

Chapter 6 From Action Orientation to Change: How Brain Science Can Bring Managers and Leaders from Action Orientation to Action     155

Chapter 7 Coaching Brain Regions     183

Chapter 8 Coaching Brain Processes     217

Index 255


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