SharpBrains at Cisco Systems: Exercising Mental Muscles for Corporate Success

A couple of weeks ago we had a very fun team-building session, titled SharpBrains at Cisco Systems: Exercising Mental Muscles for Corporate Success, during the retreat of a Cisco Systems group. We covered recent brain research and its implications for learning and training, and we introduced a lot of fun games and activities. Some key take-aways for participants were:

  • There are frequently different, but equally valid, ways to look at things. We better try to understand each other before we try to impose our ideas (See old lady-young lady game in a later post, under title “What do you see?”)
  • Each os us has “3 integrated brains” and 7 key “mental muscles”
  • Good brain exercise requires novelty, variety and practice.
  • Doing our best at work and life helps train our brains. Training our brains helps us do our best at work and in life

We went through some areas relevant to business life, through the eyes of neuroscience

  • Develop Creative Inspiration through movement
  • Improve Teamwork through emotional understanding, appreciation and learning to manage stress
  • Manage multi-tasking through Attention and Memory techniques
  • Leadership through focus, planning and learning
  • Communicate through relating to daily experiences, and analogies
  • Improve confidence through a clear vision, and visualize success

And used some classic games and challenges, such as the ones in the other posts, to illuminate some aspects about how our brains work.

If you were in charge of training executives in your company, what other areas would you emphasise?



  1. Ellen W said

    I love these games. Thanks for sharing them on this blog. What does it mean if my husband sees the old lady and I see the young lady. Does he see me as an old while I see myself as young?

  2. Alvaro said

    Not at all. You have simply trained your husband, and very well, not to pay attention to beautiful young ladies-except you.

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