october, 2018

wed24oct(oct 24)19:00thu25(oct 25)19:15Brain BalanceSelf Leadership with the Brain in Mind19:00 - 19:15 (25) UTC-5 Location: Lima, Peru

Event Details



Learn and experience why balancing your own mind will make you a more effective leader of others.

Este evento será facilitado en español.


Neuroscience expert Dr. Steven Poelmans will facilitate this hands-on workshop introducing the emerging field of Neuroscience of Leadership. It will explain what one can learn from (cognitive, affective, socio-cognitive) neuroscience in order to achieve more efficient ways of working and managing ‘oneself’.

This hands-on workshop introduces the emerging field of Neuroscience of Leadership and explains what one can learn from (cognitive, affective, socio-cognitive) neuroscience in order to achieve more efficient ways of working and managing ‘oneself’.

Participants will be introduced to the “Brain Balance” model which consist of eight paradoxical activities. Combined, they facilitate recovery and brain resilience; they help to maintain focus and improve mental health. Based on this model, participants will be put in the position to optimize their self-leadership, e.g. by adapting their time-management.

Insights from the facilitator’s work in the ‘NeuroTrainingLab™’ will help to demystify a number of clichés about the “brain”. The discussion will lead to concrete actions to better manage stress and harmonize work, family and personal life.


Participants will

  • increase their self-knowledge and self-awareness, and understand why these are instrumental for their effectiveness as leaders;
  • get acquainted to the “Brain Balance” model, a science-based conceptual framework that enables them to systematically take on the challenge of self-leadership;
  • learn easy-to-use techniques to enhance the harmony between work and non-work activities and understand why harmony translates into leadership effectiveness;
  • learn how to improve their efficiency at work (“work smarter instead of harder”).


To achieve these goals, the workshop employs a variety of pedagogical techniques, diagnostic tools and peer coaching. Participants will be put in a position to develop personal action plans.


Business school and university executives/administrators


Participants will be requested to complete a set of pre-readings. In addition, participants will be invited to participate in a self-assessment exercise based on an online questionnaire in order to better understand their current positioning with regard to the different components of the “Brain Balance” model. It will serve as the starting point for the personal learning journey that will be initiated by this workshop.


Participants can optionally register for a full-scaleNeuroTrainingLabTM assessment. This is a supplementary offering to reinforce the learning points delivered during the workshop.

Please note that this feature requires a separate registration (please select the option on the workshop’s registration form) and fee payment (USD 600). Assessments will be scheduled individually either the day before or after the workshop. As only a maximum of eight participants can partake in this exercise per day, candidates will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Participants receive immediate feedback, feedforward, a written report and a video report.

Speakers for this event

  • Steven Poelmans

    Steven Poelmans

    Leadership professor at EADA, Spain and Antwerp Management School, Belgium

    Leadership professor at EADA, Spain and Antwerp Management School, Belgium


CENTRUM Católica Graduate Business School


Lima, Peru


24 (Wednesday) 19:00 - 25 (Thursday) 19:15 UTC-5


Centrum Católica Graduate Business School

Jr. Daniel Alomia Robles 125-129, Los Alamos de Monterrico, Santiago de Surco, Lima


    • Day 1
    • Day 2
    • October 24, 2018
    • 19:00 Networking Dinner19:00 - 22:00Networking Dinner

    • October 25, 2018
    • 9:00 Contextualizing the Brain Balance 9:00 - 10:30The first session will emphasize the importance of brain-friendly work methods, in particular in third-generation organizations. Participants will better understand the role of “brain balance in boosting performance as measured by typical KPIs. They will also be introduced to the general framework of keeping the brain balanced and gain insight in the basic neuroscience principles underpinning this framework (e.g. the see-saw, brain resilience and meta- cognition principles).

    • 10:30 Coffee Break10:30 - 10:45Coffee Break

    • 10:45 Attention Axis: Focusing versus Disconnecting 10:45 - 12:30The session will be focused on the first paradoxical axis, focusing vs. disconnecting. Participants will take a closer look at how different brain circuits are activated to generate and maintain mental attention. As a result, participants will develop a better understanding of how to improve their focus maintenance. They will also acquire key techniques that will enable them to disconnect from major obstacles in their professional life cycles in order to profoundly connect with their families and loved ones.

    • 12:30 Activity Axis: Sleeping versus Exercising12:30 - 15:00The third session will focus on the second paradoxical axis, sleeping vs. exercising. Participants will study the different stages of the sleeping process and will learn how to use certain mechanisms to improve their mental resilience through physical exercise. We will analyze the plethora of benefits for the brain which can be gained from activating and deactivating the body. Participants will further practice specific techniques and skills aimed at improving the quality of sleep and the effectiveness of physical exercise.
      This session includes a lunch break from 13:30 till 14:00

    • 15:00 Coffee Break15:00 - 15:15Coffee Break

    • 15:15 Directional Axes: Reflecting versus Relating15:15 - 17:30The session will focus on the third paradoxical axis, reflecting vs. relating. The term “to reflect” is often confused with the term “to disconnect”. Therefore, the session will elaborate on the differences. It will also provide practical skills and the general capacity to reflect by mastering different meditation techniques. In the process, participants will learn and develop methods to boost the immune system for providing social support at work.

    • 17:30 Break17:30 - 17:45Break

    • 17:45 Inhibition Axis: Playing versus Routining17:45 - 19:15The last chapter of the Brain Balance serves a double purpose. In the first part of the session, participants will learn why playing and routining are important for the health and the development of the brain by connecting the dots of intrinsic motivation, positive mood, neuroplasticity and sustained high performance. In the last part, they will successfully apply the principles of playing and routinizing by developing a “model action plan” that comprehensively tackles commonly underestimated factors explaining why action plans do not get executed properly and without a sufficient degree of perseverance.