The Leading Brain essentially endorses the virtues your mother tried to instill in you—but it’s based on cutting-edge neuroscience, and it comes with specific ways to upgrade your brain, your behavior, and your life. The authors, a pair of German consultants specializing in brain-based leadership, examine and explain many new ideas, including Cognitive Jujitsu, a nifty bit of branding for a technique of redirecting negative emotions to make them productive. The biggest idea is neuroplasticity.
Science used to think you were stuck with the brain you were born with. Actually, it is possible to rewire the brain, by practice, to support healthier habits, eliminate bad habits, and give yourself lifelong learning. “Neuroplasticity can even make it possible to retrain your brain’s physical abilities simply by imagining those changes,” the authors write. So don’t give up on that air guitar just yet.
The Leading Brain
By Friederike Fabritius and Hans W. Hagemann
February; TarcherPerigee; $26
This article originally appeared in the February 2017 issue of SUCCESS magazine.
Chauncey Mabe is a freelance writer, book critic, and blogger in Miami, Fla. For 23 years he served as Book Editor and Senior Entertainment Writer at the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale. He was Book Blogger for the Florida Center for the Literary Arts, the parent organization of Miami Book Fair International, from 2009 to 2012. He also blogs for the Betsy Hotel South Beach hotel, which sponsors literary events year round. His reviews and feature stories have appeared in publications such as the Toronto Globe & Mail, the Serving House Journal, Inspicio, the Palm Beach Arts Paper, the Baltimore Sun, the Juneau Empire, and the Chicago Tribune.