Corinthia Hotel London’s 2017 Neuroscientist in Residence program is advocating change internally by using evidence that shows that our brains change in response to what we experience, a process called neuroplasticity.
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The hotel’s Neuroscientist in Residence Dr. Tara Swart believes that if we improve the plasticity or flexibility of the brain, then we set ourselves up for creating sustainable behavior change, and become better at handling change that is thrust upon us.
“By harnessing the power of neuroplasticity we can over-write unwanted behaviors and train our brains to create new neural pathways that correlate to desired behaviors,” says Tara.
“This applies to both men and women,” says Tara, “although in terms of emotional intelligence most women start with an advantage as they already have more connectivity between the left and right sides of their brain.”
Creating new neural pathways can enhance resilience and creativity, two key characteristics needed in a changing world striving for more gender inclusivity and better ways of working.
Learning how brains can be trained and habits adapted makes us more mentally resilient which allows us to rebound from unexpected setbacks, adapt to change and keep stress levels under control. Tara adds: “Neurons that fire together, wire together. Our brain is a ‘use it or lose it’ type of organ.”
Tara is the only top-tier leadership coach with both a PhD in neuroscience and medical career as a psychiatrist. She works with some of the most successful companies around the world to help their executives achieve marginal gains in their behavior through brain training. She also sits on five advisory boards and councils including Quest, a global leadership institute for early career women.
As part of her residency at Corinthia Hotel London this year, Tara is giving a series of talks. The next talk, in April, will focus on the dark side of leadership: Psychopaths, impostor syndrome and the boardroom’s greatest untapped resource. Hotel guests and visitors can sample two different Brain Power packages at the hotel:
The Brain Power Residential Package includes an overnight stay in a Superior King Room, a Dinner and Breakfast from the Brain Power Menu, ESPA Mindful Massage with Yoga Nidra given in the guest room or spa and unlimited access to ESPA Life state-of-the-art facilities including the extensive Thermal Floor, Gym and unique Sleep Pods.
The Brain Power Day Spa Package includes a two-hour Brain Power Ritual, a delicious light Lunch from the Brain Power menu in the Spa Lounge, unlimited access to the state-of-the-art facilities including the Thermal Floor and unique Sleep Pods.
Housed within a Victorian building, Corinthia Hotel London features 294 rooms, including 40 suites and 7 penthouses, offering sweeping views across London’s most popular landmarks. Corinthia London provides unrivalled world-class luxury with superb ground floor offerings, including The Northall restaurant, serving the best in British produce throughout the day; modern Italian cuisine at Massimo Restaurant & Bar; and the musically-inspired Bassoon Bar. The new Garden Lounge offers all-day dining options in an al fresco David Collins Studio designed garden landscape, and a comprehensive cigar and spirits menu for late night entertaining. Corinthia London is also home to the flagship ESPA Life at Corinthia, a next-generation spa housed across four floors, together with a hair salon by Daniel Galvin. The hotel boasts the largest room sizes in London, original restored Victorian columns and tall windows that let in swathes of natural light. Cutting-edge technology in rooms and meeting rooms allow for recording, mixing and broadcasting from dedicated media rooms. Corinthia London is a 21st-century grand hotel located in the heart of London, created by experts with a passion for craftsmanship and an understanding of world-class service. Corinthia London is the ninth of Corinthia Hotels’ collection of five-star hotels founded by the Pisani family of Malta.
A neuroscientist, leadership coach, award-winning author and medical doctor, Dr Tara Swart works with leaders of some of the world’s most successful companies to help them achieve mental resilience and peak brain performance. Just as athletes train their bodies to be able to perform at an elite level, so leaders can get a competitive edge by understanding and improving the physical condition of their brains. Dr Tara Swart helps them do this. She is the only top-tier leadership coach with both a PhD in neuroscience and medical career as a psychiatrist. Her role as senior lecturer at MIT ensures that she remains at the forefront of the latest developments in her sector. It is Tara’s ambition is to use her knowledge and experience in the field of neuroscience and leadership to help as many others as possible better understand and get the best out of their brains.