The brain is the source of all human behaviour. It stores our memories, enables us to feel emotions, gives us our personalities and produces the behaviours that enable us to survive and achieve success – it makes us who we are.
Although genes set boundaries for human behaviour, within these boundaries there is immense room for individual variation. Now, thanks to great advances in brain imaging technology, scientists can watch the brain at work and are uncovering many of its secrets. For all of us, that discovery is really good news.
The adult brain can and does, adapt, develop and change even into old age. This means that education, learning and development take on a whole new level of importance.
Neuroscience has also shown us that people tend to be most motivated and successful when they use and are rewarded for using their own natural, preferred behaviour. In simple terms, the better the fit between the person and the job, the better the performance.
The best employment engagement results from paying attention to three factors:
- What the person likes to do most
- What the person does best
- What adds greatest value to the organisation.