Reframe & Reset Your Career Podcast

Episode 41. Neuroscience Insights Into Career Success And Creating A Brain-Friendly Workplace – Friederike Fabritius

How can neuroscience help give insights into improving preformance at work and creating a better working environment? Friederike Fabritius, neuroscientist and author of The Brain-Friendly Workplace, told me on Episode 41 of the Reframe & Reset Your Career podcast.

In this episode, we will learn about:

The dangers of group think.

How Friederike became interested in neuroscience,

The unusual way she became a management consultant,

Her new book and the importance of diversity of thought,

How to get into the flow state through “Fun, Fear and Focus”,

The process for finding creative solutions which involves deep work and having time for yourself,

Learning to say no as you can’t please everyone,

The “ten commandments of great work relationships”, which include setting realistic expectations from the start and fairness within the team,

How introverts can thrive in the workplace,

Changing one’s natural behaviour can waste cognitive resources,

Dealing with stressful situations by creating an element of control, even it’s just one thing,

How Sport, Snacks, Sunlight & Sleep, the 4 S’s, can help to boost your body and brain,

The benefits of creating good habits and how it can free up mental resources,

Decision making insights and situations where it may help to follow your instinct/ intuition rather than over analysis, and

Neuroscience insights into great relationships.

Friederike, is a neuroscientist and trailblazer in the field of neuroleadership. Her brain-based leadership programs have transformed how Fortune 500 executives think, innovate, and navigate change. She is a thought leader and keynote speaker, known for engaging global audiences at organizations like Google, Ernst & Young (EY), Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Adecco, Accenture, Deloitte, BMW, Bayer, SAP, Harvard Business Review, trivago, and Audi.

Ever since she can remember, Friederike has been curious about the way the brain works and why people behave the way they do. That’s why she chose to become a neuroscientist.

An alumna of McKinsey & Company and the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, she serves on the prestigious German Academy of Science and Engineering. She is the author of the award-winning book, The Leading Brain: Neuroscience Hacks to Work Smarter, Better, Happier and her new book is The Brain-Friendly Workplace: Why Talented People Quit and How to Get Them to Stay, which will be published on 11th October.

Friederike is fluent in six languages and lives with her husband and five children in Heidelberg, Germany.

Friederike told me “You can actually also reach flow in the workplace and it happens when we have just the right mix of chemicals in our brains and those are dopamine, noradrenaline, acetylcholine. I think that’s a mouthful to remember so I called it fun, fear and focus when you have fun at work, your brain releases dopamine, when you have just the right level of fear not too much not too little, your brain releases noradrenaline that gives you like an energy kick and when you’re fully focused your brain releases acetylcholine. So when those three come together fun fear and focus you can reach flow”.


Resources & People Mentioned

Karsten Dusse

Dr Gabija Toleikyte

Gerd Gigerenzer

Steve Jobs

Mark Zuckerberg


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