Understanding Human Behavior Opens New Doors

Scientific discoveries and new technologies promise much better life to all individuals. But delivering on that promise means that we must think and act differently. The history of innovation shows that it is a lot harder than most people realize.




It’s just like the adage “A tiger doesn’t change its stripes.” Throughout my career as an academic scholar, author, manager, advisor, consultant, mentor, and coach, I have seen how changing behavior can be very difficult. No one can change your behavior except for you. (That was my blog last week and now, I am going to expand on that.)

Businesses Often Fail to Innovate

Disruptive innovation teaches us that when the world changes, many leading companies fail to innovate. Lotus could not compete with Microsoft, General Motors could not compete with Toyota and now Toyota is challenged. American and United Airlines are unable to compete with Southwest, and now Microsoft can’t compete with Google. Why? Changing behaviors is a lot harder than most realize, even if it means lost business, bankruptcy or the demise of a company.




That’s a depressing discovery, but fortunately there is a solution.

Science behind the Experience

Behaviors are driven by beliefs. To change behavior, you must first change beliefs. This is where the neurophysiology of decision-making comes into play.




Our beliefs do not reside in some anatomic filing cabinet in our brains. Rather, studies show beliefs are generated by complex recurrent firing of patterns of neurons accompanied by subtle but very specific changes in hormones and neurotransmitters. This brain activity is developed by experience and linked to the feelings that experience engenders.




In other words, we are not rational but we are sentient. Our brains are hardwired by experience and feelings. The stronger the positive feeling and the more frequent the experience, the more we become hardwired to respond in the same way.




To change behavior you must first use experience to change beliefs; you have to act, not think. Experience generates feelings that inform future experiences. The more positive the feelings and the more direct the link to experience, the more likely beliefs are to change. When beliefs change, behavior changes.




So, you can’t think your way into a new way of acting; you have to act your way into a new way of thinking.

Action Works by Acting

Here are the keys to leadership success in getting people to act their way to a new way of thinking:


1. Set a clear, simple and meaningful direction.
2. Develop and empower people; it’s people, not technology, that make the difference.
3. Build trust and optimism through positive results in problem solving the needs of clients.
4. Solve those problems as real-time experience, close to the work, not in meetings.
5. Grow by repeating your success and relentlessly challenging the status quo.




The results are always positive.


Action Innovation Opens New Doors for Leadership


New technologies offer the promise of wonderful improvement in people’s lives. But we will never achieve that promise without changing our behavior.


Fujio Cho, Toyota’s chairman, said it well: “No mere process can turn a poor performer into a star. Rather you have to address employees’ fundamental way of thinking.” The recent evidence that Toyota management ignored brake problems in a “culture of secrecy” for years suggests that they forgot that this lesson also applies to leadership.


Behaviors are driven by beliefs. Beliefs are formed by experience and feelings. Instead of thinking your way into a new way of acting, you act your way to a new way of thinking.


Our brains say it’s so. Leading people to act their way into a new way of thinking opens new doors for business management.

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Surya M Ganduri, PhD. PMP. is the founder and president of eMBC, Inc., an international firm specializing in strategic and executive leadership development processes that Help People Succeed in an Evolving World. His company is dedicated to helping organizations and individuals manage strategic change, innovation, cultural transition, and goal achievement. Surya has over 26 years of business experience in management consulting, leadership development, executive coaching, process improvements, organizational development and youth leadership. Contact Surya ats6ganduri@eMBCinc.com. For more information, visit www.eMBCinc.com or contact eMBC, Inc., directly at (630) 445-1321.

Dr Surya M Ganduri, PhD. PMP. is the Founder & President of eMBC, Inc., an international firm specializing in strategic and executive leadership development processes that Help People Succeed in an Evolving World. Dr Surya has over 28 years of business experience in management consulting, leadership development, executive coaching, process improvements, organizational development and youth leadership. For more information visit www.eMBCinc.com or contact eMBC, Inc., directly at (630) 445-1321.

About Dr. Surya

Using Quantum Physics and business research, Dr. Surya explores the correlation between the science of consciousness and patterns in the business world, to suggest innovative ways of using this wisdom to lead and succeed in a business environment that is constantly evolving at a rapid pace. Self-awareness is the awareness of the self as separate from the thoughts that are occurring at any point in time. Without self-awareness the self perceives and believes the thoughts that are occurring to be who the self is. Self-awareness gives one the option or choice to choose thoughts being thought rather than simply thinking the thoughts that are stimulated from the accumulative events leading up to the circumstances of the moment. Along with his work as an Author, Writer, Blogger and popular Internet Radio Talk Show Host, Dr. Surya is in-demand as a public speaker. Clients include small to large corporations and individuals.
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