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Published: February 22, 2011
 / Spring 2011 / Issue 62

 
 

“That’s the Way We (Used to) Do Things Around Here”

The concept of organizational reframing is still relatively young. The potential impact of neuroscience on management practice is mostly unrealized. But processes like the steps we have outlined represent a starting point, focusing attention where it should be focused: “From now on, that’s how we’re going to do things around here.”

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Author Profiles:

  • Jeffrey Schwartz is a research psychiatrist at the School of Medicine of the University of California at Los Angeles. His books include You Are Not Your Brain (with Rebecca Gladding; Avery/Penguin, 2011), The Mind and the Brain (with Sharon Begley; Regan Books/HarperCollins, 2002), and Brain Lock (with Beverly Beyette; HarperCollins, 1997).
  • Pablo Gaito is the vice president of learning and development at Cargill, an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial, and industrial products and services, based in Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Doug Lennick is the author of Financial Intelligence (with Kathleen Jordan; FPA Press, 2010) and the co-author, with Fred Kiel, of Moral Intelligence (Wharton School Publishing, 2005). He is an advisor to Ameriprise Financial and many other companies, the CEO of Lennick Aberman, and a former executive vice president of American Express.
 
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Resources

  1. Douglas Lennick, Financial Intelligence: How to Make Smart, Values-Based Decisions with Your Money and Your Life (FPA Press, 2010): Similar reframing principles applied to personal finance.
  2. Jeffrey Schwartz and Sharon Begley, The Mind and the Brain:Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force (Regan Books/HarperCollins, 2002): Explains how human thinking and behavior changes through processes like this one.
  3. Jeffrey Schwartz and David Rock, “The Neuroscience of Leadership,” s+b, Summer 2006: How to develop far more effective leadership practices by taking the nature of the human brain into account.
  4. Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759): Smith’s masterwork (as he considered it) explicates the development of morality through the “impartial spectator”; people building awareness of themselves in the context of a larger community.
  5. For more thought leadership on this subject, visit the s+b website at: www.strategy-business.com/organizations_and_people.