If you ask most corporate CEOs and Human Resource Managers what the most important duties of their Chief Feedback Officer are, the feedback you’re likely to get will be a blank stare. Most won’t have a clue what you’re talking about. Which is interesting, especially when you consider that the number one way the human brain learns and grows is … through feedback.
Here’s a list of virtues – as a high-level CFEO – you might ideally embrace:
- You understand that the primary way the brain grows cells and network connections is through feedback loops.
- You subscribe to the research that shows that collaborative communication fosters attachment and loyalty.
- You recognize that lack of timely, constructive feedback is the Number One complaint of employees the world over.
- You are willing to wear the Chief Learning Officer’s hat and the Chief Listening Officer’s hat from time to time.
- You know the value of and the power in repeatedly answering The Big Brain Question “Yes” for your employees.
- You totally get how important Irrational Commitment is to job satisfaction, performance and loyalty.
- You promote and structure an environment that kindly encourages and supports Impeccability Practices.
- You help foster transient hypofrontality in support of creativity in research and development.
- You help people manage stress while seeking to foster a neophilic environment.
- You recognize that the workplace is where the bulk of most employees’ lives unfold and you want theirs and yours to be a juicy, good-at-the-end, life well-lived.
I’ve put this web page up here very much tongue-in-cheek. If there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that there really are no listening legends. Accomplished listening is challenging work that demands the same regular practice as any accomplished skill, not unlike piano-playing or golf…
Here is a compilation of 101 “reasons” why you might want to consult with a brain educator. It’s based primarily on my own personal experience – an N of 1. The primary advantage is that I bring to the table is an intimate knowledge of all the conditions and circumstances below and can readily recognize when others are struggling with them.
1. We can often recognize and remedy signs of compromised brain functioning.
2. We are not solely reliant upon your fee for survival.
3. We’re rarely subject to marketplace fads and self-promotions.
4. We can generally avoid unconsciously created client dependencies.
5. Client – consultant interests are rarely misaligned or in conflict.
6. Motivated Reasoning will only occasionally provide poor direction.
7. We have no involvement with HMO’s (need I say more?).
8. We bring critical awareness of transference/countertransference to the work.
9. We are not subject to licensing requirements that limit effectiveness.
10. We operate meta-morally.
11. We are Listening Legends.
12. We are intimately familiar with the creative power of transient hypofrontality.
13. We know the power in positively answering The Big Brain Question.
14. We rarely subject clients to the Actor-Observer Bias
15. We very often ask “How can…?” rather than “Why?” or simply “How?”
16. We focus on turning poison into medicine.
17. We’re very skillful in addressing The Einstellung Effect.
18. We know the power of making an Irrational Commitment.
19. We’re familiar with the Genetics of Joy.
20. We support and encourage speaking truth to power.
21. We fully understand the impact of The Ritual Tribal Abandonment of Mothers.
22. We can help you deal with The Super-Secret Enemy.
23. We skillfully work with flexible, impeccable scheduling.
25. We solicit constructive live-session feedback.
26. We work toward measurable, recognizable results.
27. We are intimately skilled in the workings of Polyvagal Theory.
28. We recognize the need for and work required on Forgiveness.
29. We’re familiar with the 9 Pathways of Neural Integration.
30. We understand the importance of Play.
31. We work to eliminate any inherent conflicts of interest.
32. We can teach you to trust in “The Thoughtful Bowel.”
33. We are intimately familiar with how each of The Seven Brains work.
34. We grok the power of prosody in relationships.
35. We recognize that there’s a real Science of Hope.
36. We help you fully attain the critical 1% improvement.
37. We help co-design, encourage and support Deliberate Practice.
38. We are skilled at helping people master moral tests.
39. We do our best to help right any Work / Play imbalance.
40. We are knowledgeable about a wide variety of Integration Modalities.
41. We work to help resolve The Prefrontal Paradox.
42. We promote and encourage varieties of healthy emotional self-regulation.
43. We can c0-create ways to skillfully work with The Three Noble Principles.
44. We’re familiar with the many, many ways people Lose Their Smiles.
45. We have lots of examples for both waking up and growing up in handling money.
46. We can help you become your own Chief Adrenal Officer.
47. We have a wealth of experience in helping people navigate The Uncanny Valley.
48. We know the value of vulnerability as a requirement for Whole Heartedness.
49. We recognize how working through adversity establishes a foundation for hope.
51. We can point to the riches that can result from facing your demons.
52. We are mindful not to reenact trauma without attempting resolution.
53. We are rarely victimized by the Overconfidence Effect.
54. We tend to offer authentic rather than Idiot Compassion.
55. We’re not handcuffed by confidentiality. We don’t have to report you when your brain malfunctions.
56. We are learners and collaborators and thus less handicapped by own self-development (or lack thereof).
57. We tend to have close contact with The Conversational Nature of Reality.
58. We’re skilled in working with negative transferences.
59. We have tried and true methods of teaching you to relax and open to the unknown.
60. We can help you face and embrace life’s fierce need to change you.
61. We rarely feel victimized by information bias.
62. We know the importance of, and have ways and means for repairing ruptured relationships.
63. We are intimately familiar with the energy challenges of really skillful listening.
64. We can help you explore The Two Perilous Questions.
65. We are intimately aware of the strengths and limitations of Emotional Mutability.
66. We have great experience working with The Unthought Known.
67. We have the tools and experience to steer you away from The 4 Horsemen of Neuro-Annihilation.
68. Expectation to respond to emergencies during non-work hours
69. We deliberately address adverse possibilities of blindness to Outcome Bias.
70. Susceptibility to the Illusion of Control
71. Too much work; not enough help
72. Self-imposed or client-imposed elevated stress levels
73. Getting booted off the positive transference pedestal
74. Regularly succumbed to Trait Ascription Bias
75. The inevitable “Black Swan” client
76. No paid sick-leave
77. Few tools for addressing Unthought Known
78. Client perception distortion
79. Continual focus on emotionally traumatic experience
80. Frequent struggle with Backfire Effect
81. Belonging to the 95% cohort who think we’re above average
83. We enjoy the challenge of changing perspective when new info comes to light (The Dude Effect)
84. We pay attention to and work to overcome the Curse of Knowledge
85. We keep close tabs on any Empathy Gap
86. We’re rarely Functionally Fixed in our consulting approach
87. We deliberately avoid Idiot Compassion
89. No legal requirement to betray trusting, vulnerable clients
90. We’re savvy in knowing how to counteract the brain’s Inherent Negativity Bias
91. We’re only occasionally susceptible to the Observer-Expectancy Effect
92. We’re rarely seduced into therapeutic nihilism
93. We make accurate, ongoing assessments of Hippocratic Oath adherence
95. We have many tools in the box to combat the Pro-Innovation Bias
96. We’re unlikely to subject clients to the Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy
97. We’re sufficiently experienced not to make the Fundamental Attribution Error
98. We appropriately employ the Illusion of Transparency
99. We’re generally willing to deal with our own transient, temporary insanity
100. We refuse to allow the Dunning-Kruger Effect to run rampant
101. We have little inclination to subject clients or this list to the Semmelweis Reflex
102. No concern with the DSM-V (On my deathbed I’ll have zero interest in proclaiming: “I got all the Diagnostic Codes correct!”)
The Weight-Weight Chronicles: A Collection of Little Known Research That Can Guide Skillful Weight Management
Mark Brady, PhD – firstname.lastname@example.org
Try an experiment:
1. Weigh yourself. 2. Read one of these articles per day. 3. After they’re all read, weigh yourself again. 4. Compare and contrast.
As Weight Goes Up Brain Size and Function Go Down (2012)
How We Got So Fat (2016)
Another Reason Your Diet is Doomed (2016)
The Hunger Mood (2016)
MIND Diet Ranked Among the Best (2016)
Stress and Fat Go Cheek and Jowl Together (2016)
The Joy of Half a Cookie (2016)
Obesity: More Deadly Than We Know (2016)
No Food Is Healthy (2016)
Why People Read Diet Books (2016)
<1% = Your Probability of Successfully Losing Weight (2015)
How Food Porn Hijacks Your Brain (2015)
How to Short-Circuit Hunger (2015)
The Brain Hates Dieting (2015)
DREADDing Weight Gain (2015)
7 False Food Truths (2015)
The World is 25 Pounds Heavier Than 50 Years Ago (2015)
In the Beginning was the Word, and the Word was “Eat” (2015)
Fat Eats Your Brain (2015)
Changing the Way Food Tastes (2015)
The Psychology of Overeating (2015)
Ingesting a Stomach Stuffer (2015)
Brain-zapping for Weight Loss (2015)
Creating Appetite-Controlling Neurons (2015)
Are Your Multi-Tasking Hunger Neurons OCD? (2015)
America Produced 3688 Calories for You Today (2015)
A Popular Weight Loss Rule Is Completely Wrong (2015)
This Is Your Brain on Fried Eggs (2015)
Avoiding Weight Gain After Loss (2015)
The Fasting Mimicry Diet (2015)
The Science of Delicious (2015)
How Fat and Sugar Make You Dumb (2015)
Trans-fats Impair Memory (2015)
The Dorito Effect: When Flavor Went Out of Favor (2015)
The $5 Billion Battle for Your Bulge (2015)
Which is Better: Diet or Exercise? (2015)
Move It or Lose It: Body Activity Level and Brain Function (2015)
Lack of Neural “Miracle Grow” Linked to Obesity (2015)
Low Fat Diets No Better (2015)
The Gluten Ruination (2015)
Why Salad is So Over-Rated (2015)
Can Gratitude Make You Fat? (2015)
Fasting Makes Us Hungrier (2015)
Cashing in On Calories (2015)
Key Gene Makes You Fat (2015)
Carbing Up Paleo (2015)
Big Brains Need Big Carbs (2015)
What One Can of Coke Does to Your Body (2015)
The New Sixth Taste Sense: Fat (2015)
Your Brain on Late Night Snacks (2015)
Distraction: Obesity of the Mind (2015)
Is Obesity a Moral Failing? (2015)
The Cult of Healthy Eating (2015)
Food Craving May Be an Addiction (2015)
Lose Weight by Walking Your Virtual Dog (2015)
Teas That Melt Fat (2015)
Sleep Deprivation Increases Fat (2015)
Do High Fat Diets Make Us Crazy? (2015)
Electronic Fork Controls Your Eating (2015)
Bread Is Not the Devil (2015)
Breath Analyzer Tells If You’re About to Gain Weight (2015)
Dean Ornish is Wrong! (2015)
Power Foods for the Brain (2015)
Eat Your Greens (2015)
How Turning Off the Cupcake Circuits Stimulate Hunger (2015)
The Darkness Diet (2015)
Fat is NOT Fit (2015)
How Your Gut Drives Your Brain (2015)
Obese People Are Not Just Clumsy (2015)
Trick Your Brain into Healthy Grocery Shopping (2015)
Weight Management Friendly Foods (2015)
You Are What Stress Makes You Eat (2015)
Unhealthy Healthy Food Obsession (2015)
Coca-Cola Diet (2015)
Inflammation and Nutrition (2015)
Inflammation Can Lower IQ (2015)
Why Being Fat Stresses Us Out (2015)
Does Hedonic Hunger Result from a Hormone Deficiency? (2015)
Why Can’t We Stop Eating? (2014)
Glucose versus Fructose (2014)
Yet Another Fat Pill (2014)
Stomach Doesn’t Get Rewired After Weight Loss (2013) http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130916103352.htm
Past Weight Loss an Overlooked Factor in Disordered Eating (2013)
Feast to Famine: Oxygen Starvation in Obesity (2013)
7 Drinks that Shrink Belly Fat (2015)
Brain Activity that Triggers Overeating (2013)
Brain Stress Correlates with Obesity (2013)
Are 12 Hours of Daily Fasting Essential for Weight Management? (2014)
The Vagus Nerve’s Role in Breathing and Eating (2015)
The Obesity Fix (2014)
27 Science-backed Health Tips (2015)
Faulty Brain Wiring Leads to Overeating (2015)
Gut Bacteria Critical to Weight Management (2015)
Nutritional Challenges Through 2020 (2015)
Food Plan that Makes You Smart (2015)
Change Your Diet, Change Your Vision (2010)
Morning Rays Keep Off the Pounds (2014)
Boost your Serotonin-Signaling Circuitry (2013)
Blame Your Brain For Not Losing Weight (2013)
When the Stomach No Longer Talks to the Brain
Does Dieting REALLY Make You Fat? (2012)
Willpower is Not Enough (2013)
Gut Bacteria Regulate Weight Gain (2014)
3 Simple Rules for Overcoming Childhood Obesity (2014)
Obesity and Brain Opiods (2015)
Sleep Loss Tied to Weight Gain (2015)
Why We Succumb to Temptation (2014)
You Want Fries with That? (2013)
What Drives Us to Eat (2013)
A Developmental Approach to Obesity (2013)
The Importance of Sleep in Healthy Weight Maintenance (2013)
Does Obesity Adversely Alter Our Sense of Taste? (2013)
Implantable Slimming Aid (2013)
New Appetite-Increasing Mechanism (2013)
Talking to Your Good Fat (2015)
Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Weight Loss (2013)
It’s Not Just What You Eat (2015)
Debunking the Water Myth (2014)
Eat More, Die Young (2013)
Sleep in the Dark: Lose Weight (2014)
Shiver Your Fat Off (2014)
Surprising New Clues to the Roots of Hunger (2014)
Weight Loss by Weekday (2014)
Social Support Essential for Weight Loss (2014)
Obesity: Are Lipids Hard Drugs for the Brain? (2014)
Food & Addiction: Treating Compulsive Eating by Emotional Training (2010)
The Ways Food Tricks Our Brain (2014)
Wonder Pill Burns Fat (2014)
Diet Beverages and Weight Loss (2014)
Obesity Rates Skyrocketing Worldwide (2014)
Healthy Foods Don’t Stimulate the Brain’s Reward Circuitry (2015)
The Positive Benefit of Short Workouts (2014)
Sugar and Your Sex Drive (2014)
Why Sugar-Brain Will Make You Fat (2014)
Sugar’s Vicious Craving Cycle (2015)
Losing Weight Helps Clean Your House (2015)
Your Smart Plate is Watching You Eat (2015)
Blame Your Dopamine Circuits (2014)
How Good Diets Go Bad
Reward Anticipation and Cravings (2014)
Flipping the Appetite Switch (2014)
A Stem Cell Haircut Reduces Weight (2014)
High Protein Breakfasts Kill Cravings (2014)
It’s Not About Food, Silly (2014)
Lose Weight with a High Fat Diet (2014)
Time to Go Nuts? (2014)
9 Fats Necessary for a Healthy Diet (2014)
Why Men and Women Shouldn’t Eat Together (2014)
Are Drugs the Answer? (2014)
Your Brain Makes You Eat Junk Food (2014)
Thinking Long-Term Reduces Fat (2014)
Why Fat and Sugar Are Good for the Brain (2014)
Think Yourself Thin (2008)
Eat Potatoes, Lose Weight (2014)
Live Longer through Feast and Famine (2014)
When You Burn Fat, Where Does It Go? (2014)
Breathe the Weight Away (2014)
Fat Isn’t All Bad (2015)
Food as Reward (2015)
How Anorexics Avoid Eating (2015)
Researchers Map Direct Gut-Brain Connection (2015)
Focus On: Fiber, Fiber, Fiber (2015)
The Power of an Imaginary Meal (2014)
Fasting Reboots Your Immune System (2014)
Retraining the Brain for Healthy Eating (2014)
Whole Grains Linked to Longer Life (2014)
Notion of Healthy Obesity Debunked (2014)
Can the Brain Increase Your Fat Burn? (2015)
Blame It on Your Brain: Salt and High Blood Pressure (2014)
The Hunger Hormone and Lifelong Obesity (2014)
Me and My Belly (2014)
The Brain-Belly Connection (2015)
A Toast to Chocolate (2015)
No Cure: Diet and Exercise Alone (2015)
High Energy Breakfast (2015)
The Binge and the Brain (2015)
Binge Eating Disorder (BED) (2015)
How Overeating Jams Up Your Brain’s Metabolism (2015)
Processed Foods Function Like Addictive Drugs (2015)
How Food Energizes the “Feel-Bad Brain” (2015)
The Compulsive Eater’s Brain Circuitry (2015)
Truly Comforting Comfort Food (2015)
Beefing Up Executive Function to Lose Weight (2015)
Hunger Reduction Peptides (2015)
Diet and Academic Success (2014)
Being Overweight Has Nothing to Do With Will Power (2014)
Sugar Addiction Blues (2015)
How Being Fat Keeps You Fat (2014)
The MIND Diet and the DASH Diet (2015)
How Fat Reorganizes the Brain’s Satiety Circuitry (2015)
Don’t Fall for Shallow or Easy Solutions (2015)