Most organisations and employees mismanage their minds, brains and thinking, and this is made worse by a trend towards forcing the brain to increasingly think in a computer-like fashion, according to an expert in creativity, leadership and thinking.
Organisations and employees who utilise their brains and its potential at work, become excellent examples of what companies in the future must learn, apply and practice, said Tony Buzan, the creator of mind mapping and author of multiple best-selling books on the brain, memory, creativity and innovation.
“Practice makes perfect? It does, in different ways. When you practice perfectly, your company, your work and employees get better over time,” he said.
“When you practice perfectly ‘the wrong formula’, the more you practice perfectly the imperfect, the more you practice, the more imperfect you become.
“Practising unintelligently makes you increasingly unintelligent and therefore more stupid. And more bankrupt,” said Buzan.
Speaking ahead of the Mind & Its Potential 2015 conference, which will be held from 27–28 October 2015 in Sydney, he said there are a number of common shortcomings the approach most organisations take to L&D.
“Most common (and indeed a rampant plague of bad learning and development around the world) are the misuse and misapplication of all the major cortical skills, including creativity, memory, thinking, learning how to learn, reading, study skills, and the application and use of multiple intelligences,” said Buzan.
“The pitfalls in companies include ignorance, prejudice, unintelligent behaviour, the lack of vision, the lack of commitment, and the comprehensive mismanagement of the human resource in the context of time.”
The role of HR
HR professionals can play a significant role in taking a more creative and innovative approach to L&D, according to Buzan, who explained that the greatest danger in the contemporary world is the robotic grip on intelligence which forces the brain increasingly to think in computer fashion.
“People are becoming more robotically thinking and are becoming less and less capable of thinking creatively, and losing the capacity to metacognate: to think about thinking,” he said.
“The information/digital/computer age is the silent killer of intelligence.
“HR professionals, as can be seen in the above, have no choice in the age of intelligence. A human resources manager is a professional managing tens to hundreds of multiply intelligent human resource beings.”
The HR profession is arguably the most important profession on the planet, according to Buzan, who said HR managers need to help all people and organisations how to think intelligently, rather than robotically.
“Think intelligently about agriculture; think intelligently about industry; think intelligently about knowledge; and most importantly think intelligently about intelligence and its role in education and growth.”
Buzan observed the different ages and revolutions experienced by mankind, and said the first global one was the agricultural age, in which all children and people were taught to think agriculturally. “This was the growth of the ‘labour’ movement,” he said.
The following global trend/age was the industrial age, which was again dominated by teaching children to think industrially and to become, dominantly, physical labourers.
A letter to readers
Buzan challenged readers to think about the current age in the following letter:
Dear reader, what age do you now think we are now in and what age do you think the organisations and businesses place us in now?
The most common name given to our current trend/age are the following: information age, digital age, technological age, computer age, digital thinking age. In this age, the trend has shifted from physical to mental, in which children are taught to be information workers, IT workers, technologists and the followers of digitism. If we think we are in that age, then we think incorrectly, unintelligently and dangerously in the wrong manner.
The information age has provided the human race with the greatest cause of disease: information overload and stress. The human resource has found a solution to this dilemma by creating a new trend: the knowledge age.
Directors of knowledge management and human resource management decided at a global gathering that there is something far more important to manage than knowledge.
Knowledge is power!?
No it is not.
It is far more important to manage the manager of knowledge. the manager of knowledge is the human resource: the human brain.
And the brain manages all its knowledge with its multiple Intelligences. The new, massive trend is now becoming a positive global tsunami: the tsunami of intelligence.
Welcome to the new age. It is now becoming the trend of trends – intelligence is the trend. Intelligence is trendy!
The Mind & Its Potential 2015 conference will be held from 27–28 October 2015 at The Concourse, Chatswood, Sydney. VI Conferences is giving away two free tickets (valued at $1,204.50 each) to Inside HR magazine readers, and the first two readers to email the editor will receive these tickets. Inside HR readers are also eligible for a 20 per cent reader discount (use HR as registration code). For more information or to register visit the conference website: www.mindanditspotential.com.au. Image source: iStock