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High Performance Organizations

Leading with the brain in mind

The Chair aims at demonstrating thought leadership on the path towards sustainable high-performance organizations and well-being. Our mission is to prepare, develop and enable balanced professionals, high-performance teams and organizations, and to contribute to a sustainable society that is profitable, healthy, innovative, and responsible.

The Chair in High Performance Organizations supports AMS’ long-standing commitment to prepare future leaders to face global challenges and to be a positive force for change through business. This chair in Sustainable Transformation supports this commitment throught research, co-creation and development.

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Conducting fundamental research on neuroscience-based development of leadership: how to develop paradoxical leadership and ambidextrous organizations? How to strengthen leadership at the top to reconcile disruptive innovation and operational excellence?

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Co-creating company specific research and solutions that addresses an organization-specific challenge related to neuroscience and technology-enabled high-performance organizations, like decision-making under pressure, preventing stress and burnout, leadership of big data process implementation, leading global/virtual high-performance teams, integrating artificial intelligence and organizational learning.


Developing leadership programs and products, such as a the ACERTA NeuroTrainingLab™ (a leadership development center), a neuroscience-based coaching program, and a program to develop high-performance leadership in organizations.

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About Steven Poelmans

Prof. dr. Steven Poelmans bridges neuroscience and organizational behavior, research and practice, individual and organizational levels of analysis, the dual agenda of productivity and well-being, while ensuring a cross-cultural perspective.

He has been an organizational behavior and leadership professor for over 20 years at business schools in three continents. He has applied neuroscience for leadership research in his NeuroTrainingLab™, collecting and analyzing data of leaders-in-action, while collecting neurophysiologic indicators.

Steven has also trained and certified hundreds of managers and coaches in the Neuroscience of Leadership Academy, helping entrepreneurs in Spain, Chile, Peru, Belgium, and Brazil developing businesses applying neuroscience to leadership.

He has led and participated in various large-scale international collaborative studies in over 26 countries, resulting in publications in Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Organizational Behaviour, Personnel Psychology, and Journal of International Business Studies.

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On August 28, Prof. Dr. Steven Poelmans treated us to a memorable speech on Mens Sana in Corpore Sano 4.0. His inagural lecture wasn’t just a story about a neuroscience-based approach to high performance. It was a true wake-up call that made us all realize that the human species stands at the dawn of its rebirth. It was a story about fear, about new leadership paradigm, about the next scientific and societal revolution driven by a capital named ‘data’, and above all, it was a story about brain power.

"The human species stands at the dawn of its rebirth. The question is: will it be a reset or will it be a renaissaince?"

AMS is watching you: neurotraining for better leadership

“We’re not doing a good job in business schools. We’re pretending to teach leadership to people in a classroom setting, in a peaceful situation, we’re not preparing leaders for the war, right? We’re not doing what we should be doing. Which is creating simulations, role plays for people where we can actually show, where we can actually train, where we can give them feedback so they can develop a behavioral repertoire of how to deal with situations under stress.”

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Do you know your ‘switching cost’ as a leader?

From a neurocognitive point of view, we know that there are 4 paradoxical behaviors that can’t be activated at the same time. For example, you can’t speak and listen at the same time. Even though both are important and complementary.

After having gone through a neurolab, leaders not only get a clear view of their behavior but also of the neurocognitive activity underlying their leadership qualities.

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Prime Foundation Partner Melexis about the yin and yang of high performance and well-being

Melexis develops and produces integrated semiconductor solutions, mainly for the automotive industry. Or as CEO Françoise Chombar puts it: “We make your car smarter, cleaner and more attractive.” Melexis thus wants to contribute to the creation of the best imaginable future. They've been doing this for thirty years and plan on continuing to do so in the coming decades. To keep their organization future-proof, Melexis became prime foundation partner of the Chair ‘High performing organizations driven by neuroscience and technology’.

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