Archive for Brain Research

What’s Your Current H2I (Head/Heart Influences) List?

Current H2I (Head/Heart Influences):
“That which we expose our head and heart to, influences both head and heart.”
On a daily basis we are constantly choosing what we allow our minds and hearts to focus on through our eyes and ears. Just like the people we hang out with, what we expose our head and heart to, does influence who we are, who we become, and how we behave. What are you currently “showing” your head and heart? Here’s a snapshot of my current H2I list:
  • Crucial Accountability by Patterson et al
  • The Good and Beautiful Community by James Bryan Smith
  • Best Year Ever by Michael Hyatt
  • S.J. Scott –
  • Chris Vos – The Black Swan Group –
  • Drudge Report
  • The Piano Guys Station – Amazon Prime
  • Interstellar Soundtrack (Deluxe) – Amazon Prime
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Column of Fire by Ken Follet
  • Isaiah – Rikk Watts – Regent Audio


  • Entreleadership
  • 710ESPN
  • Shark Tank
  • The Profit
  • The Last Jedi
  • Darkest Hour
  • 12 Strong
What’s your current H2I list?

Reading Non-Fiction Using a Template For Note Taking

One of my favorite adult learning, leadership, and brain research books is Brain Rules by Dr. John Medina. This is must reading for leaders who want their communication to stick. Dr. Medina tells us that if you want your brain to remember well, especially if you are reading, you must engage as many of the senses as possible.

I have been in the habit for years of making specific notes in non-fiction books as I read them. This helps my brain to stay engaged with the writer, ask questions, summarize, create next action items, and even identify presuppositions and ideas I disagree with.

My long time Virtual Mentor, Michael Hyatt, recently posted a simple template designed to be used for taking notes while reading non-fiction books. Whether you use Evernote, Word, Pages, Workflowy or even, paper, this InSIGHT template with greatly enhance your non-fiction reading. This template will guide you in tracking 8 elements as you read. You can get a free download of the template of your choice at Michael Hyatt’s website here:

Using this template enables you to engage many more sensory inputs than just visually reading words, which will lead to much, much higher retention of what’s important to remember.