You can teach an old dog new tricks – Neuroplasticity


Accordingly to McKinsey Quarterly, only 30% of change initiatives are successful.Why? Because of human resistance to change. Changing the way we think or behave takes focused attention which requires increased brain energy, which is easily forgone for routine and what is known. Neuroscience has proven that the old saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”, isn’t true. It is possible to change the way we think and respond as scientists have proven that the brain is malleable like plastic with changes and experiences. With focus and attention, we can change the way we think. By repeating these new ways, the neuropathways get stronger, forming new habits and beliefs. This is the concept of neuroplasticity. Strategies to support leading change, including carving out new neuropathways for those you lead.





Sandra McDowell, MA, PCC, CPHR, SHRM-SCP


Sandra is a sought-after speaker and facilitator on the topic of Leading With the Brain in Mind. She has a Masters in Leadership, a Certified Executive Coach designation, a certificate in Neuroleadership, and her CPHR and SHRM-SCP human resource designations. Early in her career she was a recipient of a national and international young leader award. Sandra’s interest in supporting the leadership growth of others has become her passion and purpose. She took her passion online in 2014 and developed the eLeadership Academy (, an online leadership program which is now offered nationally and internationally. She proudly serves as part of the executive team for First Credit Union as Vice President of People & Culture. Connect with her via LinkedIn or email. Subscribe to her blog to receive a copy of the Whitepaper: eLearning for Leadership Development.

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