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“If you’re interested in the hot topic of how neuroscience can make you a better leader, this is the book to read. Pillay offers solidly researched, practical insights into the many ways brain science can be used on the job: to improve relationships, negotiations, change management, and more. I found the advice for coaches particularly enlightening. Leaders at all levels and in all types of organizations will find this book a tremendously helpful resource.”

--Jocelyn R. Davis, EVP, Research and Development, The Forum Corporation, and coauthor of Strategic Speed: Mobilize People, Accelerate Execution


“Pillay has a unique ability to link the science of how our brains work to very practical implications for leadership. The implications and applications go far beyond the business world and provide insights for better managing relationships in all spheres of our lives from an ‘inside out’ perspective, giving us a scientific basis for the value of introspection.”

--Subhanu Saxena, member, Global Pharmaceutical Executive Committee, Novartis Pharma AG


“This is an extraordinarily practical tool for coaches, and those going through coaching assignments, to understand how the brain can play a role in how you work with people and create a context for meaningful and sustainable change. As we learn from Dr. Pillay’s book, leadership effectiveness is influenced by the functioning of the brain and the translation of intangibles such as trust, fairness, and openness in everyday interactions with people and organizations. Neuroscience has provided additional ‘tools’ to understand the scientific basis upon which great leaders build effective and high-performing teams and businesses.”

--Paolo Gallo, Chief Learning Officer, International Multilateral


What does neuroscience have to do with leadership? Everything.

Recent advances in brain science and neuroimaging can dramatically improve the way leaders work with colleagues to drive successful change. As the brain is increasingly examined in the context of personal and organizational development, remarkable insights are being uncovered: insights that are leading to powerful new strategies for improving business execution.


In Your Brain and Business, Harvard psychiatrist, brain-imaging researcher, and executive coach Srinivasan S. Pillay illuminates the rapidly emerging links between modern brain science and the corner office. He reveals powerful ways that neuroscientific insights can be used practically by today’s executives and presents new lessons for coaches who want to help their clients overcome common leadership problems.


Discover how leaders and coaches worldwide are already applying this knowledge to dramatically improve personal performance--and learn how you can do it, too.


  • How positive thinking impacts the business brain
    Building on “strengths-based” approaches that encourage the brain to learn
  • Guiding leaders and managers to more effective relationships
    Applying the fascinating neuroscience of social intelligence
  • Innovation, intuition, and impostors
    Overcoming the intangible vulnerabilities in the brains of great leaders
  • Transforming the idea of change into execution
    Clearing the pathways from thought to “action orientation” to real action
  • Coaching the executive brain
    Specific interventions that target different brain regions and processes

About the Author

Srinivasan S. Pillay, M.D., is a certified master executive coach, brain-imaging researcher, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at  Harvard Medical School. He is also the Founder, CEO, and President of NeuroBusiness Group--an executive coaching company with coaches trained in the application of brain science to profitability and personal satisfaction in the business environment. Dr. Pillay has taught these methods with very high acclaim to executives from many companies, including but not limited to some of the world's best consulting companies, The World Bank, The MITRE Corporation, Genzyme, Novartis, Arab Banks of North America, CEO Clubs of Greece and  Boston , Coca Cola, PepsiCo, and Microchip. He has worked with coaches in a teaching or collaborative capacity from The Forum Corporation, Mobius Executive Leadership, and Triad Consulting. In addition, he has been invited to present his work in BostonNew YorkLos AngelesLondonSwitzerlandGreece, and Singapore, and his most recent presentations have been to executives from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Dr. Pillay is also the author of Life Unlocked: 7 Revolutionary Lessons to Overcome Fear (Rodale, August 2010), and he also writes for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today.


He is extensively sought out as a speaker and by the media. Select media appearances related to his business experience include The Financial Times in Greece, Epoca Magazine in Brazil, Forbes MagazineThe Pittsburgh Post GazetteInvestors Business DailyAtlanta Journal Constitution, and the Sarasota Herald Tribune. Aside from his work on applying brain science to improving business performance, Dr. Pillay is also regarded as an international expert in burnout, stress, and anxiety, having been the Director of the Outpatient Anxiety Disorders Program at Mclean Hospital, consistently ranked the top freestanding psychiatric hospital in the  United States  for the past 20 years. Dr. Pillay lives in NewtonMA, and works out of  CambridgeMA .

Product Details

  • File Size: 4882 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: FT Press; 1 edition (November 15, 2010)
  • Publication Date: November 15, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004C04PFA
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Srini Pillay, M.D. is a Harvard-educated world-renowned brain-behavior expert. He graduated as the top medical student , and then completed his residency at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School where he won numerous national awards for his clinical and academic achievements. After being Director of the Outpatient Anxiety Disorders Service and 17 years of nationally-funded functional brain imaging research, Srini left mainstream academia to share his expertise more broadly around the world. He helps people enhance their emotional and psychological wellbeing by tapping into their brains to reach their goals.

He is still Assistant Professor (Part-Time) at Harvard Medical School, and has served on The Executive Education faculties of Harvard Business School and Duke Corporate Education. He is the author of several books and Ebooks and has received the prestigious "Books for a Better Life" award from the Multiple Sclerosis Society for 'Life Unlocked: 7 Revolutionary Lessons to Overcome Fear." This book was also voted as the Top 5 Men's Health "Book of the Year." He also wrote, "Your Brain and Business: The Neuroscience of Great Leaders". Srini is one of the most requested experts internationally who can explain how brain science can inform behavior change and quality of life in the personal and business worlds. Select Media Appearances include Oprah radio, CNN, Fox, NPR, Cosmopolitan, Elle and Martha Stewart Whole Living.

Srini's expert but common sense, inclusive and human approach to alleviating suffering is underscored by his deep belief that information is a stimulus, but your real brilliance lies in the ingenuity of being human in the fullest sense possible.

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When I first ordered this book, I was expecting a general book on brain science that occasionally mentioned business. However, what I received instead was an extremely detailed and specific book about how the growing field of brain science can help businesses identify and correct problems and generally thrive.

Dr. Pillay, the author, is both an executive coach and professor of psychiatry. This unique combination informs the entire book. He examines various topics in brain science, then provides specific applications to business practice. For example, he discusses how the brain moves from idea to action, then suggests techniques to motivate employees to take action on their creativity. While including technical scientific terms, the author always does so in easy to understand language with many helpful visuals.

One of the book's biggest strengths is its organization. Dr. Pillay looks at broader topics, then neatly subdivides them into smaller concepts. He provides numerous charts listing problems and then solutions based on brain science. For almost every point and sub-point, he gives real world anecdotes to clarify his principles. This is very helpful and will allow his strategies to be effortlessly implemented in a corporate environment.

Although not an executive or manager, I can see how this book would be invaluable for anyone trying to understand or motivate employees and win and keep customers. It's obvious that Dr. Pillay has great skill in melding the abstract world of brain science with the results driven practicality of business.

Overall, I found this book fascinating, even if it was more focused on business than I thought and I'm not really its target audience. I would highly recommend it to managers and any other leader who deals with people on a regular basis. Anyone with an interest in either brain science or leading others would also be advised to check out this helpful book.
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The book is supposedly meant for coaches of business leaders. Explaining the brain functions and structure, Mr.Pillay attempts to show how leaders can perform better in managing their organizations and getting the best out of their employees. The book is organized into four sections - (a) the Introduction covering the broad principles of how brain science applies to coaching and communicating (b) Relationship section explaining how positive psychology helps in coaching (c) Intervention section on how to effectively convert ideas into actions (d) the Conclusion, where the different brain regions and how the interventions affect them, are explained.

Each chapter lists a number of concepts, their application in business contexts and their connection to 'brain science' which according to the author is a division of neuroscience. Considerable technical jargon is used for explaining the various parts of the brain and how it relates to business activities. Most of it are quite unnecessary, repetitive and irrelevant. Over 35 to 60 references are provided for each chapter making the whole effort look a very impressive and scientific endeavor. However the book drifts from science to pseudoscience by morphing raw scientific facts and hypothesis into seemingly sophisticated tools for solving business management problems without using the rigor needed for good science. Many of the issues raised are real but simple psychology would be sufficient to provide answers to them. Recent discoveries like mirror neuron systems are twisted out of context to make them look very relevant for business leaders.
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I have never worked in the business world and I don't consider myself an Einstein. but I worked for 20 years as a Registered Nurse in the medical field and was considered a productive and innovative employee with positive evaluations for my work performance. Now that you know where my brain is coming from, let me tell you what I think of this book. I found the information to be fascinating and applicable to all situations, not just interactions in the business environment. I must admit it is heavy information but it is presented in a way that is understandable with actual examples where appropriate. The book uses a concept and application format where the author first explains the concepts involved and then explains how these concepts of Neuroscience can be applied to human interactions, especially in the business field with leaders, managers and coaches. Each chapter ends with a conclusion and a summary chart to simplify the information in a quick reference format. I wish I could share all the concepts I learned from reading the book about positive thinking, trust, intuition, and enhancing brain functions, but if I did that then you would not want to read the book, because you would have all the information. If the power of the mind and brain interests you, then I am sure you would find this book captivating as well. It was well worth reading for the information I learned especially on the topics I listed.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from The Investor Relations Group, a media contact for the author. I was not obligated to provide a positive review. The opinions in this review are my own.
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