Learning to Act with Greater Wisdom: What Recent Neuroscience Tells Us
We live in a society that puts a premium on intellect. Yet, many of the world’s complex and stubborn—also known as “wicked”—problems defy intellectually based solutions. We find wicked problems at all levels, from the problems we face as individuals on a daily basis, to the problems we grapple with in our work as performance improvement professionals, to problems that societies and governments have struggled with for generations. Perhaps what we need is not greater intellect but instead greater wisdom and the capacity to act on that wisdom. Are there ways to act with greater wisdom?
Recent neuroscience suggests that yes, wisdom might be something we can actively develop. This session will be a presentation and discussion of what recent brain science says about how a greater mindfulness of our biologically driven tendencies may help us to both be wiser and act with greater wisdom. The simple (though not necessarily easy) steps you can take toward greater wisdom may surprise you.
Tony Marker is an associate professor in the Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning Department in the College of Engineering at Boise State University. He comes from an industry background, having worked as a consultant in the greater Boston area examining obstacles to effective human performance in the workplace— information, tools, motivation. Much of that work focused on improving processes and making them more effective.
Tony is a LEED Accredited Professional and teaches graduate courses in improving human performance in the workplace, evaluation, the design of sustainable business processes, change management, and thinking in systems. His professional interests include applying systems and design principles toward addressing complex, long-term problems and creating processes and structures that help organizations develop wisdom, and that foster better decision making and a sustainable workplace.