International Women’s Day 2017 on March 8th is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, embodied in its 2017 theme, Be Bold For Change.
Corinthia Hotel London’s 2017 Neuroscientist in Residence programme is advocating change internally, by using evidence that shows that our brains change in response to what we experience, a process called neuroplasticity.
The hotel’s Neuroscientist in Residence Dr Tara Swart believes that if we improve the plasticity or flexibility of the brain, we set ourselves up for creating sustainable behaviour change, and become better at handling change that is trust upon us.
“By harnessing the power of neuroplasticity we can over-write unwanted behaviours and train our brains to create new neural pathways that correlate to desired behaviours,” says Tara.
“This applies to both men and women,” says Tara, “although in terms of emotional intelligence most women start with an advantage as they already have more connectivity between the left and right sides of their brain.”
Creating new neural pathways can enhance resilience and creativity, two key characteristics needed in a changing world striving for more gender inclusivity and better ways of working.
Learning how brains can be trained and habits adapted makes us more mentally resilient which allows us to rebound from unexpected setbacks, adapt to change and keep stress levels under control. Tara adds: “Neurons that fire together, wire together. Our brain is a ‘use it or lose it’ type of organ”
Tara is the only top-tier leadership coach with both a PhD in neuroscience and medical career as a psychiatrist. She works with some of the most successful companies around the world to help their executives achieve marginal gains in their behaviour through brain training. She also sits on five advisory boards and councils including Quest, a global leadership institute for early career women.
As part of her residency at the hotel this year, Tara is giving a series of talks. The next talk, in April, will focus on The dark side of leadership: Psychopaths, imposter syndrome and the boardroom’s greatest untapped resource. Hotel guests and visitors can sample two different Brain Power packages at the hotel:
The Brain Power Residential Package costs from £618 (based on single occupancy) and includes an overnight stay in a
Superior King Room, a Dinner and Breakfast from the Brain Power Menu, ESPA Mindful Massage with Yoga Nidra given in
the guest room or spa and unlimited access to ESPA Life state-of-the-art facilities including the extensive Thermal Floor,
Gym and unique Sleep Pods.
The Brain Power Day Spa Package costs £280 per person and includes a two-hour Brain Power Ritual, a delicious light Lunch from the Brain Power menu in the Spa Lounge, unlimited access to the state-of-the-art facilities including the Thermal Floor and unique Sleep Pods.