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Understanding Brain Plasticity is Today’s Moral Imperative (5 MUST-read books for 2018)

We are the most nurture-dependent species that has ever existed on the planet. This means that our brains are not just hardwired from birth. They are literally, physically, neurologically, moment-by-moment, formed and built by our experiences. The more we learn … Continue reading ...

Growth Mindset Goal-Setting Workbook – free pdf!

I created this recently for a group of teachers, and wanted to pass it along to you.   It’s a mini goal-setting booklet to help strategize how you will spark growth mindsets into your classroom this school year.   There … Continue reading ...

Mistakes ‘neurobiologically’ grow your brain.

“We don’t passively forget that something is scary. We actively learn that it isn’t anymore.” – Stanford Professor Robert Sapolsky, Behave   We aren’t born afraid of failure. We learn to become afraid of it. Why does this matter? Because, according to IDEO’s … Continue reading ...
By Stefanie | November 7, 2017 | growth mindset, mindset, Uncategorized

5 Step Plan to Present Growth Mindset

    A doctor from the UK, who is using my growth mindset self-study course to teach his staff about growth mindsets, asked me recently for ideas on how to prepare his upcoming presentation.  I gave him an overview of the steps I use … Continue reading ...
By Stefanie | January 8, 2018 | Uncategorized

To create something new, there must be movement

Talking about, even “celebrating” mistakes is not enough for us to become less afraid of failure. And it’s not enough to help us learn anything new. “Re-framing” mistakes is the first point of entry but it’s only the beginning. (If you missed the previous … Continue reading ...
By Stefanie | December 7, 2017 | growth mindset, mindset, Uncategorized

Neurobiology of Innovation & Design Thinking

Hi everyone! This is an extra message this month just to let you know that there is a video posted from my talk in Berlin/Pottsdam at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design Thinking from this September on the ‘neurobiology of … Continue reading ...
By Stefanie | December 12, 2017 | Uncategorized

Change this one letter, change the world

I had a dream last night that there was this document that had gone viral.  Millions of people had been sharing it – on facebook, youtube, twitter. Somehow, in my inbox one morning, I received what seemed to be the … Continue reading ...
By Stefanie | January 15, 2018 | Uncategorized

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Growth Mindset Goal-Setting Workbook – free pdf!

I created this recently for a group of teachers, and wanted to pass it along to you.   It’s a mini goal-setting booklet to help strategize how you will spark growth mindsets into your classroom this school year.   There … Continue reading ...

What ‘mean’ people really need…

There is confusion about the words confidence and arrogance. Confidence – means ‘with faith’. It means we have faith that we have what it takes to get through whatever it is that is in front of us. If I don’t … Continue reading ...
By Stefanie | June 6, 2017 | Uncategorized

Mistakes grow your brain – for parents & teachers

#1) The more you love mistakes, the more your brain will grow. Brain scans actually show that our brain grows more when we make mistakes – because it means it’s entered new territory, so there’s more stuff ‘firing’. People are … Continue reading ...
By Stefanie | November 6, 2016 | Uncategorized

Better parenting skills may break the poverty-disease connection: what this article left out is as important as what it put in

I just read a Scientific American article called ‘Better parenting skills may break the poverty-disease connection’.   I think this is an amazing article about how important it is for children to be in the presence of adults who are … Continue reading ...
By Stefanie | October 4, 2016 | mindset, parenting, social emotional learning (SEL)

Why do I think thoughts that make me feel bad?

The brain does not know which thoughts make you feel “bad” or “good”. To the brain, thoughts are just electro-chemical pulses used to react to your environment. There are no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ thoughts. Unfortunately, though, this means that we have thoughts … Continue reading ...

Creating Safety through Vulnerability

I was asked this question recently by someone who is a member of a nudist colony:   Yes,  you read that correctly..   “What is the neurobiological reasons people enjoy social nudism? What is its social impact?” Many of you … Continue reading ...
By Stefanie | May 30, 2017 | growth mindset, mindset, Uncategorized

Forget the growth mindset (for a moment): where do fixed mindsets come from?

Enthusiasm is building about ‘growth mindset’ and how it helps students persevere and stay open to new challenges. But what about the ‘fixed mindset’?  Why do we have them?  Where do they come from? And what can we do help … Continue reading ...
By Stefanie | October 31, 2016 | growth mindset

Teacher empathy reduces school suspensions: 7 keys to growing today’s most important skill

A recent study from Stanford University showed that training teachers to have more empathy towards students reduced school suspensions by more than 50%.   And guess what? The training for teachers consisted of a mere two online sessions – a … Continue reading ...

‘Agents of Authenticity’ and the Connection Economy

  The world is becoming more transparent. Jonah Sachs, author of the Story Wars, calls them ‘agents of authenticity’ – people who will easily report any kind of activity that looks like an abuse of power.  Each person has the … Continue reading ...
By Stefanie | June 6, 2016 | the connection mindset

How ‘serve and return’ relationships helped build your brain architecture

We all want to know that our existence is noticed.   One way to know this is to see that things you do cause a reaction in others.   Once someone responds to your presence, you know you exist.   … Continue reading ...
By Stefanie | June 28, 2016 | the connection mindset

2 thoughts on “How ‘serve and return’ relationships helped build your brain architecture

  1. One thing I do in an attempt to be present: I only use my cell phone as an emergency phone. I go days without checking social media or my personal email email. It has become more obvious to me how others are so attached to their phones….and my text neck is getting better!
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    • I love that – and I totally agree. Being so attached to our phones keeps us from being the moment. I also go days without checking those things – it can be hard for some people to get used to not getting immediate responses, but it’s a value that is personal and important for me. Good to know I’m not the only one!

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