The Winner Effect

Thursday 07 Mar 2013

The past century of science has demonstrated the pivotal role of biochemistry in such human phenomena as love, attraction, and lust. But to consider that individual neurobiology might impact things as rational and complex as, say, stock markets seems rather radical. Yet that’s precisely what trader-turned-neuroscientist John Coates explores in The Hour Between Dog and Wolf: Risk Taking, Gut Feelings and the Biology of Boom and Bust (public library) — an ambitious look at how body chemistry affects high-stakes financial trading, in which Coates sets out to construct — and deconstruct — a “universal biology of risk-taking.” Read More

Are you asking the right questions?

Thursday 07 Mar 2013

I recently had the privilege of preparing a group of senior teachers from the Barossa for their role as mentors to early career teachers in their region. One of the ideas explored that created a lot of discussion was that we respond more positively to people who are optimistic thinkers and that help us create positive images of our future. Appreciative inquiry (AI) taps into this ideal by providing conversation guideposts that focus on identifying and building on strengths (what’s working well) rather than weaknesses (what’s broken that needs fixing). AI was first developed in the mid-1980s by David Cooperrider and has evolved over time to include five key stages: Read More