Christine Comaford’s Blog

Are You Outcome Focused?

As leaders shift from a problem to an outcome oriented focus & culture, something cool happens: we shift ourselves! Are You Outcome Focused?

Is Technology Making Us Dumb And Numb?

As we spend more and more time connected to technology, we’re spending less and less time connected to each other. And as we spend more and more time connected to technology, we’re multitasking more. That’s a problem. Multitasking reduces gray matter density in the area of the brain called the Anterior Cingulate Cortex (ACC). Susan […]

The Key To Developing Influence

Here’s the thing about influence: it’s not about how may people you can tell what to do. It’s about how many people you can understand, empower, and motivate. So the key to developing influence is developing your ability to build rapport, or connect with anyone. And the key to developing rapport is flexibility of behavior […]

Achieve Your Goals Faster: The Latest Neuroscience of Goal Attainment

Why do we fail at achieving goals? The answer is in your brain—and your blood pressure. And high blood pressure can help you keep goals on track. Emily Balcetis, a social psychologist from NYU, recently explained how properly set goals boosts our systolic blood pressure (SBP), which is the measurement of our body being geared […]

The Importance Of Safety Belonging & Mattering At Work & In Life

Safety, belonging, and mattering are essential to your brain and your ability to perform at work, at home, and in life overall. The greater the feeling of safety, both emotional and physical so we can take risks; the greater the feeling of connection with others, or the feeling that we’re in this together and we […]

5 Ways To Remain Jedi Calm In A Dark Side Workplace

Luke Skywalker: “How am I to know the good side from the bad?” Yoda: “You will know when you are calm. At peace, passive.” When you arrive at work, are you entering an environment fueled by the Dark Side or the Light Side? Just like in Star Wars, there are Darth Vaders running amok in many […]

Logical Levels Of Change

Logical Levels of Change is the process of getting from Stuck to Smart. It involves working six distinct logical levels of change. These levels were first identified by social scientist Gregory Bateson. I see them as concentric rings. The symptoms are the environment, behavior, and capability rings. The system are the beliefs, identity, and core/culture […]

10 Quick And Easy Tips To Rock Your Next Job Interview

What can you, the talent, do to stand out during your interview? How can you ensure that the interviewer sees your value and can convey that you are the best choice for the position? First, let’s take a moment to examine the view from the interviewer’s perspective. Many of our clients ask for help in […]

Take Time To Embrace Inner Peace

Let’s Embrace Inner Peace! Taking time to embrace inner peace is something every highly accomplished leader I know learns to stop the world and to stop their thoughts, on command. This is one of the best ways to make key decisions, to determine if a competitive action is truly a threat, to see future products, […]

Can You Tell The Truth For An Entire Week?

How much truth do you tell? The whole truth? The partial truth? The preferred truth? I’ve been noticing how uncomfortable truth can be for people to hear, and I’m getting really curious as to why we lie so often. When did it become “not ok” to say what was really going on? When did we […]

What Role Do You Play?

What role do you play? We all have a default role, one we learned early in life. This role has shaped our lives, and it is often what prevents us from fostering sustainability in ourselves and in our teams. Our roles may keep us (or others) in our Critter State, or cause unhealthy dependency. Being […]

How Great Leaders Build Trust With 4 Brain-Based Tools

Recently one of my executive coaching clients came to me with this question. “Christine, my team is disengaged and disconnected. I am being drained daily by high stress, high distrust and chaos. How can I get my team to trust my company and to trust me?” The issue of trust can make or break an […]

Gain Energy In 5 Minutes

Do you feel totally drained by the end of the week or even by the end of the day? You can gain energy! Here’s a quick (literally 5-minutes) way to recall your energy. Enjoy!

Discover, Engage And Sustain Workplace Talent In Three Simple Steps

Leaders today need all the leverage they can get. We need to get more from ourselves, our teams, our company overall. Developing workplace talent is the major factor that will create sustainable and substantial success in your company–this will only increase in the near future. Plus, the impact of not developing workplace talent will impact […]

Stuck? Do This And Get Your Leadership Groove Back

Is your life running beautifully like the proverbial well-oiled machine, or is it stuck or stalled in low gear? Got Your Groove? Maybe you’re thinking, “Everything is great, I feel totally connected to myself and my purpose, there is nothing I need right now.” If that’s the case, you can put this blog down and […]

7 Tips To Boost Sales In August

Our favorite door opener Caryn Kopp has these terrific tips for selling in August — thought we’d share! Why waste the month of August cleaning your office? Make the most of your summer byseizing new business opportunities while your competition plays miniature golf!  Most business owners and salespeople assume making calls in August is pointless […]

The Connection Between Peace & Power

You’re the CEO of your own life, and maybe even of your own business, so you often have to deal with power. As we go through life and meet people, we learn about power—specifically who has it and who doesn’t. Got Power? You’ll always be dealing with people who have (or think they have) power […]

How Great Leaders Build Trust And Increase Employee Engagement

So how do great leaders do it? Have you ever done something with the best intentions only to have it backfire? Understanding how to light up the brain’s reward network and stay out of the pain network can help you to avoid common pitfalls (thanks to Naomi Eisenberger of UCLA for her research here). The […]

Be Cool Under Pressure–6 Steps To Save Face

Handling Pressure is Possible Pet peeves, irritation, triggers, negativity… are these pressures part of your daily life or things that only happen once in a while? Do you look forward to or do you dread the moments between your morning cup of coffee and reading your first email? Respond Versus React We are all human, […]

Get Behavior Change That Lasts Using Neuroscience

This blog article is about getting behavior change that lasts. In my previous blog, “How Humans Experience The World” we analyzed human behavior and the structure of how it happens. Here’s a quick recap: Vs + As = Ks -> Beliefs -> Identity (beliefs about self) = Behavior The Vs (visuals or pictures we see […]

12 Stress-Busters Happy Healthy People Know

Finding stress-busters are one secret that health people know how to find. Email. Texting. Voicemail. We’re constantly connecting with others, so why do so many people feel so disconnected–which is a key factor in excessive stress? According to Dr. Edward Hallowell, an expert on anxiety and stress, there are twelve ways in which people need […]

How Humans Experience The World

What makes us who we are? What drives our behavior? These questions are key when we want to change a repeated and ineffective behavior pattern in either ourselves or in someone we care about. Since behavior is driven by beliefs and identity, how do we change–or upgrade–both? As a neuroscience-based executive coach I’ve invested 30 […]

Email Overload? Do This And Gain 10 Hours Per Week

Are you overloaded by emails? Most of us are. Here’s how to get control of your email inbox and your brain. Effective Emails Emails, like meetings, can be handled effectively. End “bottom up” attention grabbing: turn off sounds/visual indicators that new emails have arrived Set the intention of the email – what exactly do you […]

Leadership Lacking? 3 Fast Fixes To Boost Brains (And Hearts)

2015 is off to a bang—is your brain and business? Is your team? Time to boost brains! There are 3 things that will make all the difference for your company this year. Read on, and optimize your 2015. Assess, Track, Increase Leadership At All Levels Our clients find it helpful to set numbered levels for […]

Surprising Leadership Lessons From The Sea

“We’re all equal before a wave.” ~Laird Hamilton While surfing in Maui (park at mile marker 12 near Ukumehame Beach Park for nice swells!) I realized how the sport provides a perfect metaphor for how to navigate leadership and life. The Hawaiians say “Never turn your back on the ocean.” This means don’t turn your […]

3 Things All Leaders Must Do Before The New Year

Are you ready to make 2015 your best year yet? Do you have a solid plan for 2015? Learn the three things to make 2015 your best year ever.  Move The Needle. Increase Accountability. Delegate Effectively. What Will Move The Needle? A Partner at an investment banking firm in the Midwest came to us with […]

Quick Tip: Holiday Fun At Work—And Engages the Brain

Happy Holidays!   Here’s a quick, inexpensive, and super fun way to bring more play to your workplace (or home) this season.   Has your team ever made gingerbread houses together? They are a super silly play activity, and great for collaboration and creativity. You can get kits at Trader Joe’s or Costco for a […]

Get More Energy In 3 Minutes: The Brain-Based Way

Do you want more energy? We all have 24 hours in a day and people, places, projects that need our attention. While we may not be able to eliminate our entire list of responsibilities, we can monitor our energy. Like hours in a day, our energy seems finite – but it doesn’t have to be […]