Interview with MyBrain Practitioner Anupama Vaidya

Gill Mckay, Director at MyBrain International, speaks to Anupama Vaidya about her work as a MyBrain Practitioner in India.

What is your work and focus?

My focus is on organizational and personal transformation. These transformations are mainly through interventions and programmes which prepare and enable organizations, their leaders and employees to drive sustainable growth and address the ever-changing challenges they are facing. In addition, with the rich experience in people management processes and practices, I am partnering with organizations to chart out their people management strategies, define the people processes, practices & policies so that these are relevant, contemporary and in context of the specific business dynamics.

What is your passion in your work?

My passion has always been to make a difference and touch lives. I love working with people, to partner with them in their developmental and transformational journey. For me, change is constant, and partnering in this journey is my passion!

What is your interest in neuroscience?

All science subjects have always been of great interest to me especially from the perspective of their application for day-to-day living. Whether it's applying principles of physics, or biological phenomenon, I love to draw analogies and inter-relations to the principles of life and its journey.

Similarly, my interest in neuroscience has been mainly been in its application in behavioural analysis. Especially when transformational change has to be worked upon, how the energies and motivations of people, who play the most important role in bringing about this transformation, can be harnessed, making it a fulfilling journey.

How did you become aware of MyBrain and MiND?

When you deeply believe in something and know that it is something that will enable you and your work, I think the entire nature conspires to make it happen for you! It was this keen desire to learn more in this field, that one day, I received this information on MyBrain through my college sharing details on MyBrain and MiND.

Why did you decide to invest in becoming a Practitioner?

Curiosity has always made me research further, especially when the timing is right and it is a subject that I was thinking of, and it just arrives in your inbox! Research on MyBrain, along with my ability to see many potential applications in my work, made me take further steps to understand the details and overall framework. Having envisioned the applications of neuroscience in applied behavioural analysis, I saw a real value of having a framework like MiND to be integrated in my interventions and programmes. So I took an immediate decision and decided to invest to become a Practitioner, which has really paid off!

What do you think is the best thing about the content delivered in the Practitioner programme and why?

The simplicity of the content, delivery structure and presentation are the best aspects of the Practitioner Programme. Participants can relate to it so quickly. Years of research being presented in a simple manner is not an easy task. When you are experiencing the programme, you understand the depth of knowledge of the company, but what is amazing is this complex topic is presented in such a simple yet impactful and memorable manner.

What do you see as being a differentiator of MiND?

MiND provides a scientific model to behavioural analysis based on neuroscientific methodology. The differentiator is that the model is evolved by the participants through the discussions and by relating to a scientific methodology rather than just being given a report. This methodology and scientific approach make the behavioural analysis very realistic and makes it very authentic. This is a big differentiator of MiND. You don't have to remember complex terminologies nor try to force fit behaviours. They just fall in place and make you look at what energises you, or why you are the way you are in a very acceptable, non-threatening manner. You don't need to be concerned about the characteristics, but rather you can build on the strengths. This is the best thing about MiND, it enables strengths-based discussions in my programmes.

What was your first experience of using MiND and the knowledge you gained on the Practitioner workshop?

I first used MiND in a 2 day Leadership Development Programme for 26 people. This is part of a year-long engagement with an important client where we were looking at leadership from both a personal and an organizational perspective. The brief was wide and deep, covering the organizational vision and mission and the part each individual played in achieving the overall goals. At the same time, we explored the personal self to bring it into the context of the vision and mission.

The MiND approach was delivered to enable participants to strengthen their Personal Development Plans and enable a more robust SWOT Analysis. This gave rise to rich discussions connecting to what their roles require and how they need to work on the role demands versus a diverse profile. Work on Emotional Intelligence, Stakeholder Management, Influential Leadership and Benchmarking were constantly inter-linked with the MiND profile and expectations as a leader to making a difference. Participants were able to see the connections between their MiND profile and other models and theories of leadership in their widest contexts. They were able to work on plans to see what areas require their natural dominance versus areas they need to become more flexible.

Overall, I personally felt a great sense of satisfaction of being able to integrate the MiND tool with the various self-awareness and influential leadership modules. The MyBrain materials were relevant to such a broad context, that the neuroscience theme easily became the common thread through the programme, helping participants make connections and the flow came naturally.

What feedback did you receive from using MiND and the Practitioner materials?

A very positive feedback from the 26 participants, especially when they related to what their preferences are, their strengths and areas which they struggled in their roles. It had a real impact when we discussed their role expectation and profile in relation to their personal preferences.

What plans do you have for using MiND going forward?

With organization and personal transformations agendas in my clients' organisations, my plans are to make MiND an integral part of my interventions, whether it is personal development, leadership and talent development, team formation and collaboration or role profiling. The plan is to create a great awareness of how neuroscientific approach is the way forward towards organization development, and MiND is the way to do that for my clients.

I am currently working on a new programme entitled "Your BrainAbilitY", focusing on unleashing the latent talent and learn to build abilities to deliver the outcomes for a client, where I will integrate MiND to help them with their Organizational and Personal Development needs. It is really exciting!

Anupama Vaidya is the Founder of Los Aurigas, a Mumbai based consultancy working in the areas of training, coaching and organisational development. She can be contacted at

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