Left Brain-Right Brain Management

One side of your mind “experiences life and the other side reports on it.”Quote

Albert Dussault illustrates this:

While I am writing this piece, I am also drinking a cup of coffee. I was very involved with the moment, with the experience of writing and there was no need for the background voice to say anything to me. However, when I paused for a moment to collect my thoughts, I reached for my cup of coffee, put it to my lips and became aware that the coffee had gotten cold. But, rather than simply experiencing that fact, my egoic brain had to comment. I heard it say, “oh! The coffee has gotten cold.”

Why did it need to tell me that fact? Who was it talking to? I apparently knew that it was cold the moment the cup touched my lips. My lips were comfortably smart enough to know that without my having to be told that fact by the other half of me. This is the experience of over-drive that I find needs to be confronted in ourselves if we are to joyfully be experiencing more of life rather than forever be reporting on the experience of life to ourselves. [Read more]


Can you pretend that airplanes in the night sky are like shooting stars? Most of the time, I can’t.

Can we pretend that airplanes
In the night sky
Are like shooting stars
I could really use a wish right now (wish right now, wish right now)
Can we pretend that airplanes
In the night sky
Are like shooting stars
I could really use a wish right now (wish right now, wish right now)

B.o.B – Airplanes ft. Hayley Williams

I’m not good at pretending, admiring, wishing, hoping, accepting or being. My left brain, the reporting side, hardly ever shuts up. It’s hard for me to live in the moment. But I’ve come to realize that I must switch off my inner commentator to make connections.

Erhard, Jensen and Granger describe this as authentic listening:

This kind of listening requires you to be authentically committed to recreating another’s reality as the reality, not a reality, but the reality. To do so you can’t be listening from what’s real “for them”. You have to leave the “for them” out of your listening. Remember you are neither agreeing nor disagreeing, rather you are recreating [experiencing] another.

My husband pointed out that experiencing happens to the executives who participate in the show Undercover Boss. While working undercover in their firms, they become conscious of their employees’ joys and struggles; they connect.

Left brain, right brain – great managers need both. (Duh, otherwise we’d be dead… but you know what I mean.)

The Romance Of A Wish

How can you nurture your ability to live in the moment? A google search recommends, amongst other things, to be kind, grateful, savor, breathe, meditate, accept, and even play with a child. I’ll try something else here.

As an exercise, I recreated the realities (as I remembered them) of six fast food employees I had the pleasure of getting to know. I merely report on those realities here, but when I listened to the songs, they became real again for a moment.

Maybe you, too, know somebody whose wish is to

Alicia Keys – Tell you something

Have enough money to visit my daughters and be able to financially support them and their newborns.

The Black Crowes – She talks to angels

Change my children’s perception. I’m a loving mom, hard worker and will go to the ends of the earth them. Drugs is not who I am.

Dolly Parton – 9 to 5

Show the world what I am capable of. Make my mom proud and support her financially.

Andrea Bocelli – Vivo per lei

Have more money now so that I can move my family out of the motel that we are living in.

Eminem – Love the way you lie ft. Rihanna

Earn more so I don’t have to depend on my boyfriend and can afford an education.

Soul Asylum – Runaway train

Find my identity. Contribute, be a part of something great. Belong.

How do you experience your employees?

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