Let’s start with a bit of science.
As strange as it sounds, there are more bacterial cells than human cells in the human body. Without them, it’s likely that none of us would survive for long. In reality, the community of bacteria that populate our digestive system – also known as the gut microbiome – plays an important role in brain health, immunity and even emotional well-being – our physical and mental human states.
As researchers turn their attention to the hidden environments in our gut, they have discovered a vast neural network operating, our second brain, that comprises some 500 million neurons, more than the spinal cord, and as many as you would find in the brain of a cat. This is not a thinking brain—it does not make meaning, design cars, or solve complex problems.
In addition, researchers have uncovered that we have complex, adaptive and functional neural networks – or ‘brains’- not only in our gut but also in our heart. Called the enteric and cardiac nervous systems respectively, these adaptive neural networks display amazing levels of memory and intuitive ‘intelligence’ and there’s a growing array of evidence that these brains are deeply involved in the control and processing of numerous functions and core behavioural competencies.
By combining these findings with behavioural modeling research, a number of key insights have emerged that have profound implications for personal development, coaching, and adaptive leadership.
The three intelligences we all have access to (and may not fully use)
In their research, Grant Soosalu and Marvin Oka discovered that the three intelligences in your head, heart and gut have specific core functions. Each has a fundamentally different form of intelligence; they utilise different language, have different goals and operate under different criteria. In other words, your head, heart, and gut have different ways of processing the world, communicating, operating and addressing their own concerns and domains of expertise.
The primary domain of the heart is emoting, relational affect and values; that of the gut is mobilisation, self-preservation and core identity and that of the head, cognitive perception, thinking and making meaning.
Head – cognitive perception, thinking, making meaning
Heart – emoting, relational affect, values
Gut – mobilisation, self-preservation, core identity
What does that mean for me?
When this is considered in relation to coaching, personal development and leadership, the impact of directly accessing and communicating with each intelligence, can have profound outcomes for individuals
In today’s complex and accelerated working environments, leaders are required to be more intuitive, use their instinct more, and be able to connect with people. These are competencies of the gut and the heart. How do leaders do this? How do coaches and managers work with people to help them develop these critical skills to be successful both for their organisations and for themselves?
How do I do this?
One of the most effective ways of doing this is using mBraining and associated mBIT techniques. An mBIT Coach focuses on working with your multiple intelligences i.e. your head, heart, and gut, and seeks to align and integrate these, harnessing the more powerful combined intelligence. With these multiple perspectives, a greater wisdom emerges so that you can achieve the best outcome
If you are interested in receiving some mBIT Coaching or becoming an mBIT Coach, contact me to start a conversation. www.sciote.co.uk
To become an mBIT Coach and add these powerful techniques to your existing toolbox our next Evolve your Coaching | mBIT Coach Certificate course in London takes place 26th – 29th July 2018 and you can register for it by contacting me.
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For more on heart intelligence see www.heartMath.com