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Career Success Comes Easier When the Brain’s Bio Environment is Improved, Said Emmy Winner at Oct. 17 Leadership USA™ Colorado Event

Emmy winning television writer and producer, best-selling author, and speaker Scott Halford, told business executives yesterday in Greenwood Village, Colorado, how they could activate more of the power contained in their brain to achieve greater success at work and in life. He spoke at a meeting of Leadership USA™ Colorado, a group that helps companies in the greater Denver region inspire their top executives to be more successful.

Highlands Ranch, CO, October 18, 2017 --( The more you improve the quality of your brain’s environment, the more likely you are to achieve success in your career, marriage, friendships, or life in general, said Emmy winning producer-writer and best-selling author Scott Halford yesterday in Greenwood Village, Colorado.

Speaking to Centennial State movers-and-shakers gathered at The Landmark complex for a meeting of Leadership USA™ Colorado, Halford offered neuroscience-based tips on how to get the brain to consistently and energetically – rather than sporadically and lazily – work to attain success.

The topic of the full-day seminar –"Activate Your Brain: Using the Power of the Brain to Advance Life and Business Strategies” – was based on Halford’s Wall Street Journal bestselling book, Activate Your Brain.

Brain activation, he explained, “is crucial in order to perform exceptionally and with longevity, while escaping the trap of mediocrity into which people too often fall when they conduct their daily lives without intention and knowledge of how their brain operates.”

Halford said he was drawing on his extensive knowledge in the area of achievement psychology (which includes brain-based behavioral science) in suggesting to the audience that there are quite a few things they can do to improve the environment in which their brain operates, thereby activating aspects of that vital organ for high performance and emotional management. Some examples:

* Concentrate on a single important task for one “50-minute hour” without interruption. The same task attempted while pausing to take phone calls, check email, and answer questions by colleagues who poke their head in through the door is comparable to approximately four hours of distracted time, Halford said.

* Ease up on what your brain must remember. Do this by, for instance, putting your daily to-do list down on paper rather than committing it to memory, Halford proposed.

* Get a good night's sleep but also give your brain ample daytime rest. Halford indicated this means steal several long moments to let your mind wander and reflect, or sit un-tethered from technology.

* Eat complex carbohydrates. Halford’s list included sweet potatoes, brown rice, grains, nuts, and fruit and vegetables.

Halford, who is a member of the National Speakers Association’s Speaker Hall of Fame, introduced attendees to the notion that the brain can be thought of as three distinct brains in one. He labeled them the human, mammalian, and reptilian brains.

Halford likened the interaction between the human and mammalian parts of the unified brain as a dance. He said that the better you're able to guide the steps taken by these dance partners, the greater degree of success you'll experience in the world.

“The mammalian part of the brain is where your feelings initiate,” he said. “The human part is the home of your intellect.”

Someone who is effective, he clarified, makes sure these two partners show themselves at all times to be well-coordinated dance partners.

Leadership Arises from Emotional Intelligence

Halford said this dance has a formal name. It's called emotional intelligence, or E.I. for short.

"E.I. lets you navigate the challenges of day-to-day living, overcome obstacles, put your emotions to effective use, and even engender proper emotions in others,” he said. “E.I. is measurable – and it's a better standalone predictor of workplace success and well-being in life than IQ and expertise."

One way you can exert control over the relationship between the mammalian and human brains is by intentionally activating the architecture and neurochemistry that allows you to access deeper insights, better decision-making and more pro-social behaviors, Halford suggested.

Attendees were impressed, according to Laura Stack, founder and CEO of Leadership USA Colorado’s national organization, Leadership USA™, Inc.

“Scott shared some of the latest and most useful neuroscience research touching on how we can each create conditions most conducive to making better decisions, being more innovative, and achieving goals faster and more successfully,” said Stack.

Denver Water’s Lucy S. Basaldua, director of learning and organization development, said, "Science has yet to unlock all the mysteries of how our brains work, but today's presentation shed a great deal of very helpful light on the subject. I'm eager to implement some of the strategies for brain activation I gleaned today from Mr. Halford."

Andrew (Andy) Lawrence, vice president of enterprise learning and personal development at SCL Health in Broomfield, Colorado, said, "A lot of solid, practical advice – I learned a lot and am very glad I came. It reinforced how much power we possess to improve our situations and position ourselves for greater success."

On Nov. 14, Leadership USA Colorado hosts its next monthly learning event titled "Influence Your World: Leading in the Spotlight" by Connie Dieken, CSP, CPAE, and on Dec. 5 a seminar titled "Leaders Ought to Know: Earning the Right to be Heard" by Phillip Van Hooser, MBA, CSP, CPAE. To reserve seats or for more information, call (303) 471-7401 or email

About Leadership USA™ & Leadership USA™ Colorado
Leadership USA, Inc. is a national membership organization for business and community leaders who seek high-quality executive education. Programs offered by Leadership USA are designed as a supplement to the leadership programs of large corporations and to provide small-to-medium-sized companies an outsourced leadership development resource. Leadership USA Colorado is one of seven Leadership USA regions, including St. Louis, Chicago, Cleveland, New York City, Raleigh, and Silicon Valley.
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