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Quiet Leadership by David Rock

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THE BRAIN IS A CONNECTION MACHINE

Your brain craves patterns and searches for them endlessly.

THOMAS B. CZERNER (2001)

Scientists have discovered that our brain is a connection machine. Or to be more specific, the underlying functionality of our brain is one of finding associations, connections, and links between bits of information.1 Our thoughts, memories, skills, and attributes are vast sets of connections or “maps”2 joined together via complex chemical and physical pathways. I will call these connections maps from here on as it’s a short, memorable word; however you can replace this word with circuits, wiring, or neural pathway if you prefer.

To give you a sense of the complexity of these maps, imagine a topographic map of one square ...

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