The Monday Morning Quote

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.”


Thanks to Ray Prince for suggesting this one

Orthopaedics v Anaesthesia

But it could be applied to any surgical specialism. Early in my hospital career I quickly tired of patients being referred to the wisdom teeth in bed 22 or the fracture on ward so and so.

One of my early coaches, David Price, used to pose the question “What will you do for the benefit of your patient if I take your drills away for a few days; and no you can’t take the time off!”

ASU researchers confirm brain’s decision-making function

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ASU researchers are finding out what makes people tick.

ASU Associate business professor Pierre Balthazard and independent scientist Kathy Kolbe hope to apply data from a new scientific study on the third faculty of the brain, called conation, to learn what drives people.

The study, administered at Kolbe Corp., Kolbe’s company, examined the brains of 117 leaders from a variety of fields. It is the first scientific proof of the existence of conation as a function of the brain.

Conation is a separate but cooperative function of the brain that influences how people make decisions, Balthazard said.

Kolbe hopes to use the information from this and further studies on the topic to help people make better decisions and learn about what drives them, she said.

Balthazard wants to apply the findings from the Oct. 6 study to teach the future leaders of the world at ASU.

“I predict we will apply this knowledge to enhance managerial performance, decision making and leadership,” he said.

Conation is associated with a person’s will, impulse or instinct and has never been studied scientifically before now. This puts ASU in the history books on conation, Balthazard said.

Separate from conation, the “cognitive faculty” of the brain relates to how an individual handles information. It is associated with learning and intellect, Balthazard said.
The “affective faculty” deals with emotion and personality and how the brain handles them.

A faculty is a part of the brain responsible for certain thought processes.

“Conation drives everything and it is just as fundamental as cognition and affection,” Balthazard said.

Balthazard’s research at ASU studies leaders in today’s society to determine what qualities lead to good decision-making.

The EDGE Innovation Network, an organization that consolidates innovative scientific research, originally introduced Kolbe and Balthazard a year ago because those at the network thought the two had similar research goals.

“Our research interests had a lot in common,” Kolbe said.

Balthazard brought his experience with electroencephalograms, machines that scan for brain activity, as well as previous research on leaders’ motivations, while Kolbe brought 30 years of previous research on conation to the table.

Although philosophers as far back as Plato and Aristotle speculated on conation, scientific proof of it had yet to be found before the study, Kolbe said.

Kolbe discovered the four action modes of conation 30 years ago through extensive research.

The four modes are engrained tendencies, or instincts, in an individual’s brain that work together to form a person’s modus operandi, which deals with his or her habits or work approach, Kolbe said.

The four action modes deal with information intake, information storage, risk taking and sensory learning.

Kolbe worked with Balthazard and a team of ASU researchers to scan the brains of 117 individuals in leadership positions, from former athletes, to a three-star general, to business CEOs.
“Community leaders lent us their brains, so to speak,” Kolbe said.

The subjects were put in stressful situations through tests and their brains were scanned to see how they instinctively reacted to the strain, Kolbe said.

The scans showed that different neural connections were made related directly to each action mode. These pathways were different than those used in either cognition or affection, and were different for each person, Kolbe said.

Kolbe added that conation is not a learned process, but like DNA, is set from birth.
“You can learn more and your attitudes can change, but conation is the bedrock of who you are,” she said.

Ty Crossley, a first-year doctoral student in the Department of Management at the W. P. Carey School, worked to gather and analyze the brain scan results.

“This is cutting edge research, with a very unique application,” Crossley said in an e-mail. “ASU has the opportunity to be at the forefront of it.”

The Monday Morning Quote

“Nullius in Verba”

I thought the above which translates as “On the words of no one”  particularly apt at the moment in view of the very tsunami of unfounded, unscientific legislation that is threatening, if not to overwhelm, then to seriously distract many practice owners from the one thing that should be most important to them professionally, namely the day-to-day care of their patients.

The phrase is the motto of the Royal Society and points out that we must believe in the words of nobody, but we have to use science to establish “the truth of scientific matters through experiment rather than through citation of authority”.

Apparently this motto is an adaptation of a quote  from Horace, Epistles, book I, epistle 1, line 14, where the Roman poet (First Century BC ) points out that no one is bound to believe in the words of any master (Latin, “Nullius addictus iurare in verba magistri” meaning “I am not bound to believe in the word of any master”), that is to say that we must have individual experience and reason in the constitution of our knowledge, without  depending upon the citation of authority.

I wish that not only would politicians, civil servants and the apparatchiks of state cease paying lip service (at most) to science but also that the dental profession would stand on its collective feet, have the courage of its convictions, and say no to unproven and untested changes in patient care and the management of their practices. The current administration is very fond of the word “care” it’s a shame that, like their predecessors, whilst they may say they care, in practice they don’t seem give a damn for anything but dogma and expediency.

Dental Showcase – the BDTA doing it’s bit for exports.

Just back from a great couple of days at Dental Showcase, good content and the  excellent networking opportunities. I have made my feelings about the Venue, ExCel, pretty clear in the past. Dreadful to reach by road or rail, everything within a few miles is over priced and the vast majority of people attending, both exhibitors and  delegates seem to share my opinion.

I spent a great deal of my time pursuing and clarifying a host of business opportunities which seem to be coming thick and fast. Some very useful meetings with people who want to do things rather than just talking about how they can steal each other’s business.

I heard a tale that there seemed to be a “coachload” of Eastern European Dental teams who were intent on filling their bags with not only freebies but also anything that wasn’t nailed down. As ever, in spite of the reliability of the person who passed on the information, I took this as rumour as I hadn’t encountered the phenomenon personally.

However, when I was leaving ExCel, I spotted the evidence.

Apex E-zine, DentisTV & Beyond

This posting is about Interactive Dental Media; the company, run by Marita Kritzinger, is founded on a solid base of thoughtful traditional journalism but has also embraced new technology and used it to provide innovative products to the dental media market in the UK and beyond.

I am proud to have been writing for Apex the online journal for well over a year, I have taken part in interviews via Twitter (it really concentrates the mind when you’re limited to 140 characters), they’re on Facebook of course and using it as well as you would expect, you can join the Apex Tribe here.

Marita’s latest venture is TV, armed with a small video camera, ably operated by her partner Brendan, and her microphone she has taken to the highways and byways of British dentistry. Always asking the right questions Marita is a shrewd and perspective interviewer who seeks to get the most relevant information out of her subjects for the benefit of her audience. So check out DentisTV.

I’m on this one. My father would have said that I had the perfect face for radio and certainly that’s a medium where I feel more at home…..

Kathy Kolbe and Dr. Pierre Balthazard Reveal Brain Research and Kolbe Wisdom

I have just returned from a sensational few days at the Kolbe Professional Growth Seminar, all consultants have to be re-certified by the staff at HQ every 18 months and I look forward to my trips to Phoenix Arizona to meet up with the fellow users of Kolbe Wisdom. I have been a Consultant since May 2007 and enjoy learning and sharing experiences. My story of how I was convinced about the use of Kolbe Wisdom is very similar to Jason’s, the Conative Stress to which I subjected myself  during my clinical years is hard to believe.

A few weeks ago my colleague Jason Cupp “re-blogged” one of my postings, here I return the compliment because his account of the first day of the conference is spot-on.

To take your Kolbe A index go here or contact me for more information.

Take it away Jason….

What an amazing day!

This week, I’ve been in Phoenix, AZ attending the Kolbe Professional Growth Seminar – an educational event geared towards Kolbe Certified Consultants.  As many of you know, I have been a Kolbe Certified Consultant since 2006, and have been devoting the majority of my time now to Growth Consulting and utilizing Kolbe Wisdom as part of that process.

Today, Kathy Kolbe, creator of Kolbe Wisdom, and Dr. Pierre Balthazard, an Associate Professor at Arizona State University, revealed one of the most fascinating studies I’ve ever been a part of.

Let me back up…  If you’ve been to one of my seminars on Kolbe Wisdom, you’ve heard me talk about the Three Parts of the Mind:  The Cognitive, The Affective and The Conative.  The Cognitive Part of the Mind is the way you think – things such as Knowledge, Education and IQ.  The Affective Part of the Mind is the way you feel – things such as emotion, values, attitude and desire.  But, the Conative Part of the Mind is the way you do – otherwise your natural instincts – things like drive, instinct, talent and innate force.  Folks, your INSTINCTS do not change.  But your feelings and your thinking can… and will.  That said, the Kolbe A Index measures a person’s Conative Part of the Mind.

I’m a prime example of “Going Against the Grain” in my previous career… and I had a SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT of Conative Stress.  If you haven’t heard my story, call or email me – I’m really open to share it.  And, it’s somewhat powerful to amplify the idea of Conative Stress.

That is where the Brain Research that Kathy and Pierre did comes in.  It was more than fascinating, and it analyzed the Brain and the Conative Side of the Mind.  AMAZING.

It’s was so in-depth, that I could write for a LONG time on it.  BUT, then thing I wanted to share with you is simply this:

Do you have Conative Stress in your life?  I sure did.  And, honestly, now I don’t.  All because of the Kolbe A Index.

Kathy and Peter, in their final slide, revealed the graphics below, which I want to share with you for the first time.

OK, you’re probably asking yourself, “Jason, what is this??” Well… Let me explain.  These are actual EEG readings from a Brain Monitor.  The top image is when you’re working alongside your Natural Instincts – what is determined by your Kolbe A Index Results.  The bottom image is when you’re working against your Natural Instincts.

So, for those that know my story, the bottom image was when I was in my previous career, the top image is what I’m doing now.

What would you rather be doing with your life?

With your stress?

With your conative stress?

I’ve been lucky enough to work with HUNDREDS of people all over North America on their “Conative Stress” and “Not working against your Natural Instincts and Grain” — and it’s real.

Here are the Steps to Determine your Conative Stress:

1.  Contact me to take the Kolbe A Index online (it only takes 20 minutes)

2.  Assess how you’re expected to work (I help you with this too)

3.  Compare your strengths versus your work expectations (Yup, my job!)

4.  Get individual Conables Tips to make your brain work better (Again, I do this…)

This is huge.

THANK YOU Kathy and Peter for your amazing “conversation” today.  It was empowering.  And not really to me… but to those who will be affected by this for years to come.  Cheers to working on instincts and changing lives.

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