I recently completed eCOACH, a program offered through the eLeadership Academy founded by Sandra McDowell and offered through CCUA. Sandra, world-renowned for her leadership, plethora of awards all while maintaining a caring and realistic attitude, dished out two months of enlightenment and let me tell you – I was not prepared. I was not prepared for the moments I thought I knew things, and how quickly I realized I didn’t know things.

Enter: neuroplasticity. Sandra explains it perfectly in her article[1]; basically, your brain is lazy but malleable. It likes safety and habit, and it will stick to those commonly-used pathways until you intentionally rewire it with new pathways. Sandra shares the following 4 Steps to Rewiring the Brain:

4 Steps To Rewiring The Brain, by Sandra McDowell of the eLeadership Academy

I remembered this while reading a document from MX – The Ultimate Banker’s Guide to Automation, The Gig Economy and The Future of Work[2]. It does a great job explaining automation, the arguments out there around the impact of it, how employees can stay relevant, and how technology is changing the way we think about a 9-5 work day.

One of my favourite quotes from the document was “The first thing to keep in mind when it comes to preparing for the age of automation, is to develop a culture of continual re-skilling”.

How does this apply to me, you, your colleagues, your entire organization? Your role is going to change. You’ll need to learn how to do things differently and probably learn it more than once. How and how quickly you rewire your brain is up to you.

Tamara Sayer

Third Year Committee Member

Synergy Credit Union

[1] https://www.e-leadershipacademy.com/blog/you-can-teach-an-old-dog-new-tricks-neuroplasticity#_ftn2

[2] https://hubspot.mx.com/hubfs/Ultimate%20Guides/The%20Ultimate%20Guide%20to%20Automation.pdf?utm_campaign=Ultimate%20Guide%20to%20Automation%20%7C%20UG%20Campaign&utm_source=hs_automation&utm_medium=email&utm_content=80379801&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_3L-52-IIQsL8NJ-bcXDeURCEP9Hg6rlaQ4RkOeXRFsbOq7nswkPh8RR-Q-xTOoCOh1r56nXpA6QqSoG7hh5f2IwA-FA&_hsmi=80379801