The key is to go where the puck is going, not where it is now.

-Wayne Gretzky, Ice Hockey Player

Today's fast changing global marketplace, continuous technological disruption, access to unprecedented data, a diverse workforce, and rapidly shifting economics require that HR practices stay ahead of the curve.  The concept of "Change Management," as an event, or a series of events, is outdated thinking. Change is the new normal.  HR needs to be at the forefront and cultivate a culture of learning agility and change leadership, to ensure that the ability to adapt is in the DNA of every organization.


There is evidence that many traditional Human Resources Best Practices are ineffective and dis-engaging, most notably Performance Management. Discoveries in brain research in the past 15 years have surpassed all​ prior discoveries about the brain since the beginning of time. The impacts on social science and organizational behavior are profound.   Leveraging the concept of Neuroplasticity in the workplace and behavior change can unlock innovation, discretionary involvement, emotional intelligence, collaboration and learning agility.



Neuroplasticity, also known as brain plasticity, refers to the brain's ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. The brain has the potential to reorganize by creating new neural pathways to adapt to physical and environmental change.  This "growth mindset," has far reaching implications for the medical, social, and behavioral sciences.  With the right experiences and practice, new connections can be formed to change behaviors and develop capabilities.  In addition to the affirming data from years of mindfulness research, neurological research is demonstrating that the combination of learning and practice can build and strengthen mental and behavioral muscles. The concept was described by Donald Hebb, a neuropsychologist known for his work in the field of associative learning:


"Neurons that fire together, wire together"


Recent discoveries in Neuroplasticity have illuminated how people respond to several traditional HR practices. Organizational behavior professionals are designing better learning experiences and adopting better levers to grow capability and foster engagement. One pillar of HR practice undergoing significant transformation is traditional Performance Management. The value of "ratings" and the once a year "report card," are being replaced with real-time quality conversations. Another growth change is the widespread adoption of emotional intelligence models and the cultivation of learning agility.  HR Analytics is beginning to produce predictive intelligence and insights. It is time to reevaluate HR systems and processes that don't deliver the desired results.  By assessing readiness and mapping phased approaches, Next Path Consulting can support your HR transformational journey

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