How’s Your R.A.S? Making Your Brain Work for You

How’s my what? My R.A.S? Is that the latest electronic gadget that my kids are going to be bugging me to buy? Is it new technology for my car?

reticular activating systemNo, R.A.S is the widely recognized abbreviation for Reticular Activating System. And yes, everybody has one. Actually, it’s a very vital part of your brain. About the size of your little finger, your R.A.S is a group of cells located at the base of your brain stem that have the vital function of keeping you from system overload. Continue reading “How’s Your R.A.S? Making Your Brain Work for You”

Living from a Learning Stance

As a coach, I work with people and groups using adult learning concepts. Living from a learning stanceAdults learn differently than children. The Bible says in 1 Cor.13:11, “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” Adults who live from a learning stance learn best when they have permission to choose their own goals and ways of learning. Grownups are motivated to gain knowledge or new skills on a ‘need to know’ basis. Your home or worksite provides compelling reasons for personal learning and growth: new responsibilities are acquired, challenges need to be overcome, and situations arise which require innovative answers and effective methods. Continue reading “Living from a Learning Stance”

Goal Setting and Leadership

goal settingIn World War II, Winston Churchill referred to the actions of the Russian leadership when he said, “It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside and enigma.” For many that describes how they feel about the leadership of the church today. Pastors, lay leaders, and parishioners struggle with the complexities and tensions of leading the church, both organizationally and spiritually, while unbelieving skeptics observe from afar. Goal setting can change that. Continue reading “Goal Setting and Leadership”