Tame the Primitive Brain: 28 Ways in 28 Days to Manage the Most Impulsive Behaviors at Work [NOOK Book]

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"Who's in charge of you? It's not your rational mind, oh no—don't believe for a minute what it tells you. It's your primitive brain. So learn now in this book how to tame the lizard, and get smarter, have more impact and, what's more, have more fun."
—MICHAEL BUNGAY STANIER, Senior Partner of Box of Crayons, the first Canadian Coach of the Year, Rhodes Scholar, and author of Do More Great Work

"Bowden has done it! This book sets you on the path...

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Tame the Primitive Brain: 28 Ways in 28 Days to Manage the Most Impulsive Behaviors at Work

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Overview

Praise for Tame the Primitive Brai

"Who's in charge of you? It's not your rational mind, oh no—don't believe for a minute what it tells you. It's your primitive brain. So learn now in this book how to tame the lizard, and get smarter, have more impact and, what's more, have more fun."
—MICHAEL BUNGAY STANIER, Senior Partner of Box of Crayons, the first Canadian Coach of the Year, Rhodes Scholar, and author of Do More Great Work

"Bowden has done it! This book sets you on the path of understanding the why and how of human behavior. Its applications not only apply to the business world but also the larger environment of interpersonal relations. The 'golden nuggets' presented in each chapter are introduced in a thought-provoking and immediately usable manner. I will encourage others looking for this edge to read on."
—DR. DEAN TRIPP, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Queen's University; Awarded the Canadian Pain Society's Excellence in Interprofessional Education Award

"Useful. Useful. Useful. This is neuroscience for the rest of us. Well researched, clear, and insightful, Tame the Primitive Brain is a toolbox of smart ideas that help foster you and me relating to one another effectively. Managers, leaders, and lay persons will find practical, easy-to-practice, clearly delivered information on every page."
—JOHN KING, cofounder and senior partner of CultureSync and coauthor of Tribal Leadership

"I really enjoyed this book—found it immediately accessible and readable and fun as well as genuinely informative and useful. As a physician and psychiatrist with 25 years' experience teaching communication skills to doctors and medical students, I would recommend this book to any professional who is keen to communicate more effectively."
—DR. JULIAN BIRD, MD, Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Physicians and coauthor of The Medical Interview

"I believe there is no greater source of joy and happiness in this life than having a simple and honest connection with another human being. In Tame the Primitive Brain, Mark Bowden captures the essence, and highlights the importance, of the human connection and brilliantly reveals how to best achieve it—both in and out of the workplace."
—KINVARA BALFOUR, a leading authority on what's hot (and what's not) in the world of fashion, beauty and pop culture, culture-hawk and commentator of cool

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118566732
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/4/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 883,843
  • File size: 930 KB

Meet the Author

Mark Bowden

MARK BOWDEN is a noted body language expert and creator of TRUTHPLANE™, a unique training model for anyone whose success depends upon communication that builds strong and trusting relationships. His techniques are used by top executives and organizational and political leaders around the globe, including CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and leaders of G8 powers. A sought-after keynote speaker and trainer, he delivers speeches and seminars worldwide on persuasive and influential verbal and nonverbal communication to stand out, win trust, and profit.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xi

Introduction 1

WEEK ONE YOU 9

Day One Shared Instincts 11

Day Two Snap Judgments 22

Day Three Default to the Negative 32

Day Four Best-Fit Thinking 40

Day Five Friend, Enemy, Sexual Partner, or Indifferent 49

Day Six Moods and Emotions 59

Day Seven The Spice of Life 73

WEEK TWO RELATIONSHIPS 85

Day Eight Relationships Are Dyadic 87

Day Nine Opposites Attract 95

Day Ten BFFs 105

Day Eleven Enemies 114

Day Twelve Indifference 125

Day Thirteen Moods Are Contagious 132

Day Fourteen The Four Stages of Relationship 141

WEEK THREE TRIBE 151

Day Fifteen We Are Tribal 153

Day Sixteen Tribal Nurture 161

Day Seventeen Hierarchy 168

Day Eighteen Tension 176

Day Nineteen Values 187

Day Twenty Diversity 196

Day Twenty-One Changing Tribes Is Expensive 206

WEEK FOUR NEW YOU 215

Day Twenty-Two Suspend Judgment 217

Day Twenty-Three Be Curious 225

Day Twenty-Four Open Your Heart 235

Day Twenty-Five Give 243

Day Twenty-Six Manage Your Disappointment 250

Day Twenty-Seven Values Trump Rules 257

Day Twenty-Eight Expand Your Tribe 267

Conclusion 275

Further Reading and Resources 278

About the Author 282

Index 283

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

    Each year I always end up finding one or two key books that have

    Each year I always end up finding one or two key books that have the most impact on the way that I think, act or say. It’s great to find not just a book that fits that criteria so early in the year, but I know it is one I am going to be picking up and again and again, referring to on a regular basis. 

    Biology was never one of my strong subjects, my teacher even had me labelled as an idiot – perhaps that was his primitive brain talking! So when I started to read this book my fear was this was going to be too science based, I started to come out in cold sweats again, just like cramming for an exam. 
    Almost immediately Mark Bowden puts the reader at ease. You do not just realise that deep down we all react in the same predictable ways when it comes to our reptilian brains, but also that there is nothing wrong, it’s just good to be aware of the impact. 

    The book breaks down in to punchy, workable chapters, looking to tame one reaction or impulse. There is always an example or story to kick off, followed by clear explanations and suggested actions, circling back to the story and highlighting how things changed or might have been different. 

    Mark uses an excellent balance of neuro-science, humour and practical solutions that will appeal to a wide range of readers. This ensures that the message gets heard, appreciated and acted upon. 

    Perhaps not immediately evident that this is a book about your personal brand. But once you have clearly identified what your personal brand is and who needs to know about it, then you have to get on with living and communicating that brand. 
    As Mark writes in his Introduction “Anyone who works with other people  - which is pretty much everyone – has to deal with all kinds of challenges involving human nature. Chances are that at work one of your biggest challenges is handling the most basic behaviors of people – such as impulsive decision making, tunnel vision, and resistance to change. And that’s just you!” 
    Being more conscious and proactive with your personal brand means stepping outside of your comfort zone on occasion, something the primitive brain is trying to avoid at all costs. That is why this book is going to prove so useful to you. As you try new things and do not get the results or reaction you expected you can dip in to the book to understand why, and then take a suggested approach or action. 

    The overall concept I found able to quickly to grasp, no biology cold sweats, and the actions fairly easy to initially implement. Because the default for the reptilian brain is to go back to several hundred million years ago I can see the challenge for most of us will be to stick to new approaches. 
    With many books these days there are additional resources to access and what might be useful in this case would be a quick glance reference guide, perhaps even in pocket style format. 

    The relationships you have at work are critical to getting your own work done, projects completed and ultimately your longer term success, so this book will prove to be a useful, constant reference guide. For leaders in particular I can see this being invaluable. 
    The bonus is that while the book is focused on work situations this is obviously equally applicable in all other relationships too. 

    The reptile brain is the most basic part of our brain. Because this subject on the surface appears so simple there is a danger that people do not see this as remarkable. That would be a shame. We do not have to complicate or over think things to have them make us more effective or successful. 
    I would recommend a read through of the book in logical order first time and then after that you can refer back as needed to handle specific situations. 

    I like Marks relaxed style, (the English humour helps!) he is constantly using personal and real life work and client examples to get his points across. With the short, yet informative and practical chapter make up it easily gets that one key point for the day across. This makes for easy reference and pick up again stickiness. Each 7 chapters focus on one area and are collected in to weeks, week 1 focuses on You, week 2 Relationships, week 3 Tribe and week 4 the New You.  Unless you are Mark, I am not sure it will ever be ingrained so it’s certainly one you will want to keep on the bookshelf next to your desk! 

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