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Neuroscience for Organizational Change

Neuroscience for Organizational Change

An Evidence-based Practical Guide to Managing Change

Hilary Scarlett


Draw on evidence from neuroscience to help ensure the success of change management programmes by building cultures and designing processes that help people be more innovative, productive and engaged.

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About the book

Understanding how employees' brains work has lasting impact in terms of meeting business objectives and becoming an employer of choice. Neuroscience for Organizational Change helps businesses understand why employees find organizational change difficult and what they need from work relationships to perform at their best. Providing practical examples of how to apply these insights, the book enables organizations to improve performance as well as support the mental and emotional well-being of employees.

Drawing on examples from big-name organizations such as Lloyds Banking Group, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Orbit Housing Group and BAE Systems, Neuroscience for Organizational Change looks at the need for social connection at work, the essential role that leaders and managers play, how best to manage emotions and reduce bias to avoid making flawed decisions, and why we need communication, involvement and storytelling to help us through change. It also sets out a new science-based planning tool, SPACES, to enhance motivation.

Table Of Contents

  • Section - One: The Challenge;
    • Chapter - 01: Introduction to neuroscience;
    • Chapter - 02: Brain facts;
    • Chapter - 03: Why our brains don’t like organizational change;
  • Section - Two: What can we do?;
    • Chapter - 04: Performing at our best during change;
    • Chapter - 05: Our social brains;
    • Chapter - 06: Managing emotions during change;
    • Chapter - 07: Decision-making and bias;
    • Chapter - 08: Communication, involvement and the role of storytelling;
    • Chapter - 09: Planning change with the brain in mind;
    • Chapter - 10: Applying neuroscience in the organization


This book is a great synthesis of scientific research and practical implementation.
Vincent Walsh, Professor of Human Brain Research, University College London

This book is an important contribution to the increasing focus on productivity and on employees' emotional and mental welfare.
David MacLeod, OBE, Co-chair of Engage for Success

A brilliant read for anyone leading change. This book really helps you understand how people tick and is packed full of practical advice to guide people through uncertainty and have change land successfully.
Mairi Doyle, Director of Internal Communications, Bupa

Full of practical advice, this will be a useful book for anyone wanting to become a better manager, and for leaders with the vision to build a more positive workplace.
Jo Swinson, Minister for Employment Relations 2012-2015

This is one of the most stimulating books I have read in a long time. It's essential reading for any leader who wants to understand and get the best out of their people.
Colin Byrne, CEO Weber Shandwick UK & EMEA

Hilary Scarlett has done an excellent job of translating hard science into practical steps.... The wealth of insights provided by this book will make a feast of reading for all leaders whose desire to keep the organisation in 'flow'.
Dr Mee-Yan Cheung-Judge, Dean of the European NTL Organisation Development Certificate

I learned a lot from reading this wise book - for my job, for my team and for myself. It just all makes so much sense. In these fiercely logical but friendly and practical pages, I found a clear and compelling argument for managing change in a more thoughtful, informed and ultimately human way.
Clare Barclay, Group Senior Manager, Internal and Digital Communications, John Lewis Partnership

those looking to understand how organisational change can be led in a psychologically enlightened or 'brain friendly' way should find this book rich and useful.
CIPD Book Review by Jonny Gifford

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749474881
  • Edition: 1
  • Published: 3rd February 2016
  • Paperback
  • Dimensions: 234x156
  • 216 pages

About the Author

Hilary Scarlett is a consultant, writer, speaker and director of Scarlett & Grey. Her work on the development of people-focused change management programmes, coaching and employee engagement has spanned Europe, the US and Asia. She is currently conducting research on applied neuroscience with four major organizations in the private and public sectors. Hilary also has been working with Professor Walsh of University College London to apply cognitive neuroscience to practical management tools.

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