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2008 Asia Pacific - NeuroLeadership


									  2008 Asia Pacific

   Session Guide
     and USB
Thank you for purchasing the Asia Pacific
NeuroLeadership Summit 2008 USB.
This USB contains the audios and pdfs of the
presentations at the Summit. The USB file structure
is arranged in chronological order matching the
Summit program. A pdf of the slides are provided for
sessions where they were used. There is also a folder
“Other References” which contains helpful links and
useful information/references.
We trust you will enjoy and make many
new connections.
Kind regards
The NeuroLeadership Team

Please note that you have purchased individual usage of
these recordings and under no circumstances are they to
be shared or broadcasted for public access. Unauthorised
broadcasting or sharing may result in prosecution.
What is ‘NeuroLeadership’?
NeuroLeadership is a term coined in 2006 by
David Rock. It defines the field of study and
exploration of leadership development and human
performance improvement as seen through the
lens of understanding how the brain works.

What is the purpose of this field?
The purpose of the NeuroLeadership movement is to
help organisations of all types fulfill their potential
through better understanding how the human brain
functions, at an individual, team, and systemic level.

Who is getting involved in this field?
n Business schools wanting to bring more
  science into how they develop leaders
n Neuroscientists and neuroscience institutes
n Organisational consultants looking for more
  effective tools to drive positive change
n Senior leaders looking for insights into
  improving performance
n Educators seeking to improve learning
What were the objectives of the Summits?
n To create new connections between
  leadership and neuroscience academics,
  researchers and practitioners
n To develop new theories and practical
  applications of the science
n To explore how business leaders can be
  educated in the neuroscience of leadership
n To generate interest in the field overall
1. Neuroscience 101
       Matthew Lieberman Ph.D.
       Discover the basic anatomy and physiology
       of the brain, focusing on areas most
       relevant to leadership. This workshop
       provides non-scientists with the opportunity
       to deepen their basic knowledge of neuro-
       science with one of the founding fathers
       of the social neuroscience field.

2. How Attention Changes the Brain
       Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D.
       Explore how the mind changes the
       brain with one of the world’s leading
       neuroplasticity researches. The brain
       is where ideas are first translated into
       action. Our minds direct that action via
       the effect of focused attention on selected
       brain circuits. When the mind focuses
       it causes associated brain circuitry to
       stabilise and strengthen, based on the
       density (quality and quantity) of our
       attention. In practice we enable this
       process by utilising an aspect of the
       mind called the Impartial Spectator.
3. Know Thyself:
The Latest Science of Mindfulness
           Craig Hassed, MBBS
           Many studies have already shown
           conclusively that mindfulness has a
           significant impact on health, wellbeing and
           performance. This session explores the
           research now emerging from hundreds of
           neuroscientists who are engaging with the
           big questions around mindfulness from
           many different angles, specifically how
           and why it works. This session provides a
           summary of what we now know about the
           physiology of mindfulness and explores
           a case study of teaching mindfulness
           to medical students.

4. What Makes a Great Leader
Panel Session
Panel includes: Robert Wood Ph.D., Craig Hassed
MBBS, Michael Rennie, Evian Gordon Ph.D.
Facilitator: Katharine McLennan
This session explores the question of assessing and
developing leaders through the lens of neuroscience.
5. Stay Cool Under Pressure
           Matthew Lieberman, Ph.D.
           David Rock, Author
           including video interviews with James
           Gross, Amy Arnsten and Kevin Ochsner
           Leadership by nature is a stressful
           experience. The capacity to regulate
           emotions is a central skill for success
           as a leader at any level. This session
           includes video interviews with several of
           the most eminent researchers worldwide,
           weaving together a coherent theory base
           for teaching emotional regulation skills.

6. Stay Cool Under Pressure
Panel Session
Panel includes: Lorimer Moseley Ph.D.,
Matthew Lieberman Ph.D., Richard Hill.
Facilitator: Anne Riches
This is an opportunity to delve deep into the
implications and applications of the science
around emotional regulation.
7. Get on with Others
        Matthew Lieberman, Ph.D.
        Social neuroscience involves studying the
        way minds and brains interact with each
        other in the social world. New research
        starkly illustrates the significance of the
        social world to the brain. Explore issues
        such as status, fairness, resonance and
        social pain. Spend an evening with one
        of the founding fathers of the social
        neuroscience field.

8. Conscious and Unconscious
Processes in Decision-Making
        Evian Gordon, Ph.D.
        Decision-making is thought to be a
        largely conscious process. New research
        is illustrating that decision-making
        is a dynamic interaction with many
        unconscious processes driving behaviour.
        Learn more from Dr. Evian Gordon
        who is driving an integrative approach
        to neuroscience.
9. Neuroscience of Decision-Making
Panel Session
Panel includes: Evian Gordon Ph.D., Chris Blake,
Sophie Crawford-Jones, Danielle Fraillon.
Facilitator: Hamish McMaster
Explore the implications and applications of
recent discoveries about decision making with
both scientists and busy senior executives.

10. Rewiring the Brain
           Norman Doidge, M.D.
           Dive into the exciting findings emerging
           from the field of neuroplasticity with
           Dr. Norman Doidge who wrote the best
           seller The Brain that Changes Itself.
           At the presenters request this
           session’s audio and visual presentations
           are unavailable.
11. Neuroscience of Culture Change
Panel Session
Panel includes: Art Kleiner, Matthew Lieberman Ph.D.,
Robert Wood Ph.D. Facilitator: Victoria Sherwood
How our brains, and more importantly, how our
memory works plays a significant role in the journey of
cultural change. During this session we discussed why
any cultural change journey starts with the need for
organisations (and people within those organisations)
to understand the reason behind the change. We used
real client-based case study examples to help ‘unpack’
the neuroscience implications and opportunities
covering the power of focus, managing expectations,
the importance of different perspectives and the need
to articulate ‘what success looks like’.

12. Driving Change
           David Rock, Author
           This session tied together the findings
           from the whole Summit to help
           participants create a coherent map
           of how they can better drive change.
           Part presentation, part discussion, this
           session also explored the big questions
           emerging from the Summit.
13. Other Useful References
n Asia Pacific Summit 2008 Program
n Highlights and Insights Post Sydney Summit
n NLI Membership and Journal Order forms
n Paper References
n Recommended Reading Booklist
n Summit Resources Order Form

Where can I find more resources?
The first issue of the NeuroLeadership Journal
will be available before the end of 2008 and can be
ordered online through
You will also find additional resources at this site.
The recordings of the North American Summit 2008
and the DVDs of the Asolo Summit 2007 are also
available at this site. Alternatively an order form
for both the Journal and summit resources can be
found in the “Other references” folder on the USB.
  2008 Asia Pacific

   Session Guide
     and USB

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