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#74 Unlocking the Power of Neurohacking with Ted Wallace

November 15, 2023     37 minutes

In this episode of the Agile Mentors Podcast, we dive deep into the fascinating world of neurohacking with Ted Wallace. Discover how you can unlock your brain's superpower to accelerate your learning and personal development journey!


Are you ready to revolutionize the way you learn, work, and lead? In this episode of the Agile Mentors Podcast join Brian and his guest, author Ted Wallace as they delve into the fascinating world of using neurohacking to unleash the potential of your brain.

Whether you want to change your habits, learn a new skill faster, or just increase your personal and professional growth, listen in for valuable insights that can help you harness neuroplasticity to tap into your brain's incredible potential.

Listen Now to Discover:

[01:02] - Brian introduces his guest, Ted Wallace, an Enterprise Agile Coach at the Principal Financial Group. Ted has also co-authored a series of books including Total Brain Coaching and Self Empower with his father, Dr. Robert Keith Wallace. Today’s show is a deep dive into the concept of neurohacking and its application in personal and organizational development and learning.
[01:22] - What is Total Brain Coaching?
[04:48] - How understanding the connection between neuroscience and learning can help individuals approach situations and come up with effective strategies.
[06:10] - Ted discusses the research findings from his book 'Neurohacks' which explores ways to help individuals change their habits for faster learning.
[07:32] - The importance of individual growth in driving overall organizational and societal change.
[08:54] - How simple neurohacks such as getting enough sleep, can have a positive impact on mental health and productivity while networking and collaboration help amplify intelligence and foster innovation.
[11:39] - We all have different learning styles. Ted walks listeners through the different learning styles and how applying personalized learning can lead to faster adoption and habit change resulting in improved team performance and adaptability.
[13:15] - This podcast episode is made possible by our sponsor, Mountain Goat Software. The company’s Scrum certification classes were developed with the assistance of an instructional designer for an online learning experience that is both interactive and engaging. For more information visit Certified Scrum Training, Agile Training by Mike Cohn.
[14:23] - The key elements in building effective habits for increased productivity.
[16:35] - Why creating an environment of psychological safety is essential in improving learning outcomes.
[20:51] - How different levels of adoption, from self-coaching to group dynamics, can accelerate value delivery.
[21:53] - Maslow's Hierarchy and for effective meetings.
[22:55] - How the Cynefin framework and Agile practices can help solve hard problems elegantly.
[26:02] - How implementing neurohacks can improve the speed of learning.
[27:36] - Ted walks listeners through some neurohacks that help improve learning.
[28:52] - Neuroplasticity is everyone's superpower but what’s the secret to developing new pathways in the brain?
[33:17] - You can connect with Ted by visiting his website at Total Brain Coaching and for further learning check out his books.
[35:49] - If you want to discuss this topic further join the Agile Mentors Community and jump into the discussion there.
[36:22] - Do you have feedback or a great idea for an episode of the show? Great! Just send us an email and don’t forget to subscribe to the Agile Mentors Podcast on Apple Podcasts or your favorite platform so you never miss an episode.

References and resources mentioned in the show:

Total Brain Coaching
Total Brain Coaching: A Holistic System of Effective Habit Change For the Individual, Team, and Organization
16 Super Biohacks for Longevity: Shortcuts to a Healthier, Happier, Longer Life
The Coherence Code: How to Maximize Your Performance And Success in Business - For Individuals, Teams, and Organizations
Self Empower: Using Self-Coaching, Neuroadaptability, and Ayurveda
Trouble In Paradise: How To Deal With People Who Push Your Buttons Using Total Brain Coaching
The Backwards Brain Bicycle - Smarter Every Day 133
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This episode’s presenters are:

Brian Milner is SVP of coaching and training at Mountain Goat Software. He's passionate about making a difference in people's day-to-day work, influenced by his own experience of transitioning to Scrum and seeing improvements in work/life balance, honesty, respect, and the quality of work.

Ted Wallace is currently an Agile Coach at Principal Financial Group. He is a certified Scrum Master Professional (CSM, CSPO, CSP, CTC) and a registered corporate coach (RCC) with thousands of hours of coaching sessions. He’s also the author of several books, including Total Brain Coaching and Self Empower.