Most of our problems in and beyond the workplace arise because our body and mind is over exposed to real or imagined threat. This activates the so-called 'threat brain' system. When this is combined with our 'drive brain' system we can - and do - get pulled into destructive loops of compulsive or addictive behaviour.
Leaders need to support all employees to notice, understand and regulate this threat response in order to stay ‘centred’ when responding to, for example, work load pressure, performance anxiety, disruptive global trends, team conflict and rapid change.
Research shows that self-compassion triggers neurological activity in our ‘safe brain’ system that regulates threat and restores emotional equilibrium. By cultivating our safe brain we increase individual and group resilience and with it, the potential to thrive and succeed in todays VUCA environments.
Most people’s threat brain is too alert and too active. This is not good for us. Threat brain was designed to get us out of physical danger not to trap us in psychological loops that damage our health and performance.
This book demystifies the complex and often unconscious experience of threat/fear and how it motivates our behaviour. It explains the evolutionary benefits of this experience and also the problems it causes us in terms of the feelings, thoughts and reactions it triggers.
Drawing on research from developmental psychology and the contemporary neuroscience of emotions, the book offers new thinking (the 'Trimotive Brain') to help readers identify threat-based emotions and how they motivate ‘toxic drive’ behaviours related to over-consuming, achieving and competing.
Learn how to regulate threat by stimulating the ‘safe brain’ and by becoming more aware of unconscious motivation. This helps to develop drive behaviours that are value-aligned, non-addictive and respectful of others.
The book is for: 1) employees who are currently involved in coaching or professional development programmes 2) coaches, business school educators, HR professionals, management consultants and facilitators who are working to develop leaders and employees.
More broadly, the audience includes anyone experiencing stress, fear and anxiety. They will resonate with the threat brain theme, will have habits they wish to stop and will be keen to apply the simple practices introduced in the book. The book will particularly appeal to people approaching mid life/career, who are re-evaluating personal purpose and asking themselves, 'what else is possible?'.