Dr. Magdalena Bak-Maier
Dr. Bak-Maier advances the idea that the nervous system is our best inner coach and we can tap it for wellbeing and success. Connecting heart and mind and living it is what she sees as the biggest challenge and opportunity for a better world, effective leadership and good self-management. A neuroscientist (PhD, Caltech USA), successful coach, established expert in productivity and personal development and bestselling author she has been called the “physician of the soul”.
Heart and mind work - the hallmark of Magdalena’s work - is touching the lives of a truly diverse global cross-section of people and progressive workplaces. She facilitates long-standing leadership and personal development programmes across Europe, gives talks and workshops globally and teaches coaching skills for the AC and BACP in London. Her clients span people who send us into space at NASA, those saving lives and developing latest medical breakthroughs, global change makers in society and culture, and those ready to say Yes! to reclaiming their life and ending suffering.
In 2016 Magdalena was an invited special guest at the United Nations Career Development Roundtable and Guardian Rountable expert for the Future of work 2050. Psychologies Magazine has called her Grid system “an ingenious goal-tracking system with a strong visual element”. She is also Life Coach of the Year Finalist (2015) and since Jan 2016 Magdalena serves as the Vice Chair of the AICTP. In 2015, Magdalena was awarded the Senior Fellow of the Higher Education academy for exemplary integration of coaching, leadership and education. She is deeply committed to supporting talent, eradicating inequality and lessening world conflict through the power of education. One of her key projects in the last three years test the “triple benefit of talent development” for the individual, institutional culture and the brand highlighting the need for rethinking who gets to be developed, how and why.
Effective human beings power effective organisations. The nature of work, the workforce and the culture of workplaces are currently undergoing drastic changes in order to respond to, cope and anticipate technological, societal and economical pressures. But it’s not all doom and gloom. In fact, amongst the chaos and uncertainty sit opportunities for the HR professionals.
Attracting, nurturing and retaining staff whose hearts and minds align with the organisation has always been important but today it is paramount. And it is here that latest neuroscience and behavioural psychology insights into what truly matters for people to thrive becomes critical information.
As a trained scientists, coach, organisational consultant and researcher, I have learned the benefits of adopting an engineering approach and systemic focus to work and life. Most of all, I have come to appreciate how understanding how our nervous system works is for our personal and collective wellbeing.
The goal of all sustainable human endeavour is to maximise positive outcomes for the individual concerned and their ecosystem now and the future. But this flies in the face of normal individual primary wiring, which favours ego led win-lose outcomes, survival of the fittest, or loudest, and short term wins for glory at any cost. And for good reason. Our brains are evolutionarily conditioned for jungle style survival. Uncertainty and chaos normally favour collective action but in a system where we are already feeling isolated through increasing use of screens, mobile phones and machines, it sadly drives survival based instincts that are grounded in fear. But what if the jungle, become a thriving eco-system? Perhaps this is already a trend.
What I hope to show you this evening is that when the resourceful creative thinking and genuine connection and cooperation become decoupled, problems follow, become often systemic and undermine the health of the organisms: person, team or institution. This separation hampers and cripples best performance and teamwork. Companies and teams that know how to effectively tap the nervous system of their staff through heart and mind connection, win out and for good reason. They present better conditions in which the full human being can thrive. Research shows this is true as organisational level, as much as for leaders and for managers.
Over our evening together, I invite you on a trip down your memory lane as we track your own learning and brilliance. In this process, we will discover how you learn and develop best and what lessons this holds for how we should run our workplaces. Along the way we will also explore recent research to hunt for invaluable clues and practical ideas to create conditions in which others and we can excel not at the expense of the system but along with it.
We can’t teach others what we don’t know yet. So if you ever wanted to better understand how to use your nervous system to create better results, this evening will leave you with something you can apply in your own life, teach your kids and put to use in your workplace.
18:00 - arrival & refreshments
18:30 - welcome and start of presentation
20:00/20:30 - finish & departure
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