Discover more with BrainsFirst
If you share BrainsFirst’s commitment to a bias-free and science-based approach and wish to incorporate these principles into your work, BrainsFirst offers a comprehensive certification program. By participating in this program, you can deepen your understanding of BrainsFirst’s concepts and seamlessly integrate this outlook into your professional endeavors, bringing added value to your clients’ work lives or enhancing performance within your organization. To learn more about this exciting opportunity, click here.
We are our Brains
Have you ever wondered why all of this is so important? Well, it all boils down to the fact that our brains are at the core of who we are. Our brain is not only essential to our everyday lives, but it also plays a crucial role in our work. By recognizing this, we can understand why BrainsFirst places such a strong emphasis on the brain.
The assessment of abilities and drive, two key indicators of performance, heavily relies on executive functions. These executive functions, measured by BrainsFirst, provide valuable insights into an individual’s cognitive abilities. But that’s not all – recent research (Balconi et al., 2020) suggests that executive functions also play a role in supporting social skills, which is another important marker of performance.
By considering the interplay between executive functions, abilities, drive, and social skills, BrainsFirst offers a comprehensive understanding of potential performance. It’s about taking a holistic approach that encompasses all aspects of an individual’s cognitive capabilities, enabling a deeper insight into their potential for success.
Biases are Everywhere: Understanding Diversity
When we think of diversity, our minds often conjure images of gender, ethnicity, age, religion, and similar factors. However, diversity encompasses more than just these visible aspects. There are also “hidden” dimensions of diversity, such as personality, neurodiversity, and skills, which are often overlooked when striving for diversity, despite their significance. Embracing diversity is not only morally important but also financially beneficial for organizations, leading to increased innovation and improved performance. Therefore, it is a goal worth pursuing in all respects.
BrainsFirst plays a role in fostering diversity by providing a bias-free tool with its NeurOlympics. This tool actively corrects for biases related to age, gender, and educational background, ensuring that all talents are included and contributing to the reduction of talent waste. However, there are cases where uniformity may be desirable, particularly in relation to specific skills. Nonetheless, it is crucial to recognize that the visible aspects of diversity remain important. For example, air traffic control necessitates a very specific skill set. By making hiring decisions based on an individual’s brain, we can gain insight into both the visible and hidden aspects of diversity, enabling a comprehensive understanding of candidates.