Rob Jardine, lead researcher, NeuroLeadership Institute

Rob Jardine

Lead researcher, NeuroLeadership Institute

Rob leads the Research and Solution function of the NeuroLeadership Institute. He ensures the NeuroLeadership offering matches best practice and latest research in the fields of neuroscience and leadership development. His key responsibilities include managing the relationship with the head office in New York, development and control of bespoke and customised NLI solutions, client and advisory board engagement and solutions delivery. He is a known thought leader in the South African field of NeuroLeadership and has held speaking engagements with various institutions and media outlets such as: Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Discovery, Gordon Institute of Business (GIBS), MTN, the University of Johannesburg, Tsogo Sun, SABC, Internet Solutions, SAfm, Dimension Data, 702 Talk Radio, Vodacom, ENCA and Hollard. Jardine holds the following qualifications: MCom: industrial psychology from the University of Johannesburg (RSA), a master's degree in work psychology from the University of Valencia (Spain), and a B Hons: industrial psychology from Rhodes University (RSA).

Rob Jardine will be speaking on the following topic:

Thought leadership: Artificial intelligence and change: how neuroscience helps us thrive through disruption

The talk will focus on the trends in artificial intelligence and the ways in which this may disrupt the South African economy and labour market. Roles being redesigned and replaced by machines within key industries will be discussed. In an age of work that is becoming more mechanistic, the power of neuroscience may be the answer in providing a new understanding of behaviour in this new world of work, and especially how we approach change. A neuroscience lens will be applied to better explain and understand the behaviour related to collaboration, change and the social nature of the brain. Key insights to the brain will be shared, as well as a model to better explain the social triggers that influence cognitive and physiological responses in the brain with regard to inclusion, change and collaboration. This will enable participants to better understand behaviour and plan strategies to mitigate the negative effects of change by focusing on collaboration and inclusion in order to enable performance to thrive through disruption.

  • Explain the social needs of the brain and how the brain reacts to change.
  • Understand the effects of inclusion and collaboration on performance.
  • Demonstrate practical examples to create change readiness in the new world of work.


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