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Leaders: Own Your Alligator Brain

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Different parts of our brain govern certain functions. While primitive survival instincts are hardwired, our potential to manage complex relationships lies in the uniquely human ability to intentionally change.

As a leader, your behavior affects the physical health of your direct reports, for better or for worse, just as your supervisor's affects yours. How is this possible? What can you do about it?

For answers, we need to look inside our brains. An explosion of scientific knowledge in the

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