Neuroscience For Organizational Change - Hilary Scarlett

Book club | 25.06.2019

Neuroscience for Organizational Change – Hilary Scarlett

In my last blog, I wrote about change; that we need to think of it less as a one-off programme with a start and end point to and more as ‘business as unusual’. When we think of change as an ongoing process we become better equipped to evolve, adapt and respond to new and different things every day. 

With that in mind, June’s book club entry Neuroscience for Organizational Change by Hilary Scarlet, is the perfect read.

What is Neuroscience for Organizational Change all about?

It’s a great blend of scientific research and practical application that makes sense of what quite often feels instinctive to us.

Starting with a basic intro to neuroscience, the book covers several components that are important to change, from managing emotions and decision making, to planning for change and applying neuroscience in your organisation.

Who is it for?

A must-read for everyone who’d like to understand how our brains work. Neuroscience for Organizational Change can help you build businesses where people thrive in a busy, uncertain and ever-evolving world. But particularly useful for HR, internal communication, culture and engagement pros.

Lightbulb moments

There were many! Mostly the ‘aha’ when I realised that there’s powerful science behind things that have been my gut feel for years. Each chapter has hundreds of suggestions scattered throughout. Here are three of my favourites:

1. Use science to add weight to engagement

Internal comms and engagement are often considered as ‘fluffy’ topics and rarely taken as seriously as they should be. Adding science to our art can give it some oomph.

2. Do a neuroscience audit

Step back and reflect on your current culture, ways of working or internal communication strategy and do a neuroscience audit. You’ll see if your current set up helps or hinders our brains, and therefore performance at work. 

3. Don’t just apply it to change

“For many organisations, employees’ brain power is all they have. It’s the difference between success and failure” 

Whilst the book is written for change, think about how you can apply neuroscience across an organisation to create a reward state where we thrive and are positive, focused and engaged.

Would you like to read this book?

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