Studies from 1982 and onwards have shown us that the brain can ‘regrow’ or develop – this process is called neuroplasticity. The process allows us to have access to greater cognitive capacity, physiological wellness and emotional control all of which help to improve our personal resilience.
So why is so little time and attention given to this concept in the thoughts and budgets of training and development practitioners? And why do evaluators not look at this when sizing up the gains made from the returns from development programmes?
Simple techniques to increase your personal neuroplasticity include:
- Improving our spatial awareness by turning off our satnav and reading a map
- Learning a new language
- Listening to a new musical genre
- Reading a comic
- Taking new routes to and from regular destinations
- Walking, running, cycling, hopping and skipping………(yes, really….!)
- Standing on one leg with your eyes closed for 30 seconds
- Being ‘other handed’ for a day
Techniques now also exist to help teams and organisations as well.