Otto Scharmer shares what you can do for a few hours each day to revolutionize your brain — Otto Scharmer

MIT Sloan Sr. Lecturer Otto Scharmer

MIT Sloan Sr. Lecturer Otto Scharmer

From The Huffington Post

Arianna sat down with Otto Scharmer, chair of The Presencing Institute, on HuffPost Live at Davos on Saturday, where he discussed the impact of mindfulness practices on brain plasticity.

“Even a few hours of mindfulness practice actually can change the epigenetic structure of our brain,” Scharmer said.

Scharmer said he has seen “an exploding awareness” for mindfulness, especially among business leaders.

“The fast-paced lifestyle is really… more and more disconnecting us,” Scharmer said, noting people are looking for a way to connect with themselves.

In addition to mindfulness practices, Scharmer said being a good listener can improve quality of life.

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The innovative brain — Maurizio Zollo

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By Prof. Maurizio Zollo

Are entrepreneurs wired differently than managers? Are they better equipped to make decisions about risk and innovation?

I recently participated in an interdisciplinary collaboration between neuroscientists and management faculty in which we tackled these questions and found that entrepreneurs actually do use their brains in a different and more complete way when it comes to certain types of decisions. This was the first attempt to apply techniques from neuroscience to understand the differences in the ways actual managers and entrepreneurs use their brains to make decisions. Read More »