Being a leader is never easy, it requires many skills and is challenging in today's world, especially with accelerated change and exponential markets.
I wake up every day thinking about what will happen next and trying to process what happened the day before.
One of the biggest challenges for me is to effectively engage individuals and groups in new opportunities, nurture their skills, help them build collective capabilities, and ensure fair distribution of those opportunities.
One of the challenges of a leader operating in a very uncertain environment is to find ways to lead through these highly changing situations, to build trust, and not just react to every market disruption or surprise.
I'm not the only one facing this challenge. Many executives I know are struggling with an increasing number of disruptions and unexpected events that make it increasingly difficult to navigate the uncertain waters of today's rapidly changing world.
The fast pace of technological advancement, digital transformation, and globalization demands a certain degree of flexibility and adaptability from leaders. It's not enough to have a vision, a purpose, and to make plans.
We must also be able to implement them and have the discipline to stay focused even during stressful times. This is where acetylcholine comes in.
Acetylcholine is an amino acid that acts as a neurotransmitter and is one of the most abundant neurotransmitters in your body.
The cholinergic system, a network of neurons and specialized cells that send and receive Acetylcholine, is present throughout your body.
Acetylcholine is responsible for every movement you make, every breath you take, and more. Not only does it play a role in the movement of your skeletal muscles, but it also affects your breathing, heartbeat, blood pressure, digestion, pupil dilation, and even sexual function.
In the brain, acetylcholine improves the absorption of new information and helps you maintain your attention and concentration, or what we at Enterprise Agility University call Disciplined Focus.
It also helps you hold information in working memory, and organize and store important data in long-term memory.
It triggers the process of "sensory gating," which helps you block out background noise and focus on what's important. This is vital for leaders who need to stay alert and focused on the midst of exponential market shifts and accelerated change, and who need to sense the markets to make better decisions.
Acetylcholine is also involved in learning and memory, which is critical for executives in today's fast-paced business world. It encourages you to actively remember new things and link them to what you already know or find patterns that connect the new situation to a previous one.
This allows you to keep a broad and disciplined focus to make informed decisions, react quickly, and act with precision.
How can leaders effectively harness the power of acetylcholine to enhance their market sensing abilities and maintain their Disciplined Focus in the face of rapidly changing environments?
With its powerful effects on the brain and body, it can give you the disciplined focus you need to manage exponential market changes and stay ahead of the curve.
Whether you're in the middle of a meeting or moving on to the next task, acetylcholine keeps you alert, focused and ready for what's next. Harnessing this powerful neurotransmitter can give you a competitive edge in today's fast-changing business world.
When I developed the M-Leadership Framework at Enterprise Agility University, I had in mind how to impregnate these critical concepts from the neuroscience of change and how acetylcholine can positively influence leaders in times of accelerated change and exponential markets to help organizations make better decisions.
M-Leadership Framework emphasizes that leaders need to have a disciplined focus and good skills to sense the markets and that all this needs to be sustainable and work well with traditional or newer ways of leading.
As a leader, how would you incorporate all these concepts into your management or leading practices to improve your ability to lead people through uncertain times? This is exactly one of the first questions I asked myself several years ago.
By combining the focus-enhancing power of acetylcholine with the key principles of Mental Agility and other models of Enterprise Agility, including the M-Leadership Framework, you can start building deep connections with your teams to improve collective capabilities in your company. You can also understand better the needs of your stakeholders, better sense markets, and communicate change with ease.
The result is a workplace culture that is bubbling with energy, where trust and collaboration thrive and high, sustainable performance is the norm, and where people feel good about themselves.
These foundations bring in a new era of leadership that harnesses the power of neuroscience of change to succeed in a rapidly changing world.
As a leader, have you ever thought about the impact that the neuroscience of change and Enterprise Agility has on your success? These models are on the rise and offer you a new path to your company!
(*) A future newsletter will address the impact of neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine on leadership and look at the relationship between healthy habits and improved leadership skills through the lens of the neuroscience of change.