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neuroscience-based coaching strategies that maximize leadership effectiveness

Why do some leaders still believe in their limiting beliefs and stories?  Why do some leaders tend to become annoyed or lose their cool for no ostensible reason?  Why is it that our thoughts seem to either work for us (raise our energy) or against us (drain our energy)?  And how can neuroscience research findings help us be more effective coaches when working with leaders whose thoughts are keeping them from achieving their full potential?

Based on the work of brain researchers including Dr. Dan Siegel, Dr. Iain McGilchrist, and Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett, we’ll explore four phenomena -- Priming, Amygdala Hijack, Confirmation Bias, and Prediction Error – that can hinder a leader’s effectiveness and limit his or her potential.  We’ll look at what physiologically takes place in the brain when these phenomena occur and what a coach or HR professional can do (based on neuroscience research) to be effective with a leader under these circumstances. 

Join us in this practical, easy-to-understand session where we explore whether neuroscience supports the axiom “seeing is believing” or if it’s really the other way around!   You’ll leave the session with specific coaching strategies you can implement immediately.

After participating in this interactive session, you will be able to:

  • Define priming, amygdala hijack, confirmation bias, and prediction error
  • Identify when these four phenomena occur with your leaders or executive coaching clients
  • Use specific coaching strategies supported by neuroscience to help leaders when these phenomena occu


Daniel Johnson is President of Performance Mastery, a performance improvement and coaching firm that specializes in leadership development, change management, talent development, and feedback.  As a Certified NeuroTransformational Coach, Dan uses brain-based coaching strategies to accelerate measurable outcomes and insight for his clients in large financial institutions, manufacturing, retail, not-for-profit, government, agriculture, and healthcare industries.  His client roster includes corporate presidents, executives, healthcare professionals, team leaders, private detectives, actors, and spiritual leaders.

A longtime contributor to the Talent Development profession, Dan currently serves as the Leader for ATD-CIC’s Coaching Community of Practice  He is also a past president of ATD-CIC as well as the Indianapolis Chapter of the International Coach Federation. 

Catch Daniels's session during Breakout #1 @ 9:30am


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