Your Brain on Conflict: Manage Your Stress, Improve Your Productivity, and Effectively Lead

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Date Developed: 12/23/2015. Source: GovLoop. Presenter(s): Ken Buch. Type: Video Lecture. Level: Introductory. Length: 50 minutes.


Why is it so much harder to make a decision in the afternoon? Why did you suddenly remember the name of your client you’ve been trying to recall all day? Why did you completely erupt at your spouse when he asked you what you want to eat for dinner?

Ken Buch, an Adjunct Faculty and Executive Coach at the University of Maryland Office of Executive Programs, explains the physical effects of your brain experiencing conflict. The course comprises an overview, 15 lessons, and a post-course survey.

Learning Objectives

• Why meaning-making, complex decision-making, and strategic thinking are so difficult late in the day.

• How you convert experiences into long term memory.

• Why social pain is actually more detrimental than physical pain.

• What causes someone to “snap” and lose control.

• What conditions you need in order to facilitate change.

• How to employ specific strategies to minimize your limbic arousal.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $180,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.