Looking at the Coronavirus and Your Organization Through a Brain-Friendly Lens

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This is the 55th episode of the Mind Your Noodles podcast. In this episode, looking at the coronavirus and your organization critically through a brain-friendly lens. Sign-up for The 95 Method education and training program at Mind Your Noodles.com/training.
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Show Notes

Mind Your Noodles Podcast – Episode 55

Episode 55 – Looking at the Coronavirus and Your Organization Through a Brain-Friendly Lens

Coronavirus Updates and Data

Using a Data “Rule of Thumb” to Randomly Sample

ARDS and Exercise

Brain-In View of the Coronavirus and Your Organization

Social Importance and Status

Increased Ability ro Predict the Future

Personal Control

Greater Good for Society

Equitable and Fairness

Update on the Executive Education




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Tripp Babbitt: [00:00:26] Hi, I’m Tripp Babbitt hosted the Mind Your Noodles podcast. This is the fifth the fifth episode of the Mind Your Noodles podcast. And as everyone knows, we’re still stuck in the hour mired in the Corona virus lockdown.


Tripp Babbitt: [00:00:47] That is probably driving a few people crazy. I know I’ve started to reach my limit on not being able to do certain things. One of the things I thought I’d do this episode is just kind of talk about some of the information that I found. I’ll put links in the show notes about.


Tripp Babbitt: [00:01:12] You know who’s getting at some of the information that we now have that’s going on, and the reason I think this is important well, I know it’s important is because, you know, certainty our ability to predict the future is one of those brain friendly things. And we’ll talk about that a little bit more later in this episode. But the more information we get, the more confident we get and in our daily lives in being able to kind of make sense of what’s going on around us. And now we’re stuck to form opinions and they’re just good and bad associated with that, depending on how you look at it. Got different things going on with governments. You know, maybe overstepping their reach. We got people that are maybe getting a little too comfortable with their surroundings now that we’ve been in this for a few weeks.


Tripp Babbitt: [00:02:02] So let’s just kind of talk about what’s happening or the data that we at least know now. And let’s start with the data from WHU on where it originally started. We know, for instance, that the average age of someone that has died from it is sixty five point eight years old and seventy two point nine percent and move on were men. And so, you know, that doesn’t get everybody else off the hook.


Tripp Babbitt: [00:02:32] It just has a tendency from a mortality rate to happen more with older people and with men.And so some of this is attributed to as they’re finding. And you’ve probably heard this. But if you haven’t, I think it’s important to know that if you have diabetes or heart disease or high blood pressure, lung disease and things of that sort, then you’re going to be have a much higher risk associated with getting the current virus. So just just be aware. Keep yourself safe. I am personally I am in one of the higher categories because I have an immune system disease. I am not up there with the diabetes folks or anything. But because I have an immune system disease, then that makes me a bit more susceptible. And I’m just a little bit more careful about, you know, when I go to the grocery store, bring stuff back, or even better to send my wife off to get the groceries or do the risk part because she doesn’t have some of these problems. And then when the the items come back, we’ve got a routine where we go through and we wipe them down with our wipes. And, you know, some of the stuff, we just sit in the garage for a couple days and then we go get it. And those types of things. So those are all.


Tripp Babbitt: [00:04:02] Things that have now become kind of routine. It’s getting a little bit old, but at the same time it is what it is. And, you know, I don’t want to be responsible for, say, infecting my in-laws or, you know, somebody that is more susceptible than even myself. So I do that by by personal responsibility, which is that I personally don’t need to be out in the public. Now, I know there’s a lot of people that have a different opinion about that.


Tripp Babbitt: [00:04:37] And I think that some things over our overreach, you know, like, for instance, going to a seed store or something like that, pick up some seeds so that you can actually do some a need to get out. And we’ll talk about that again here in just a minute.


Tripp Babbitt: [00:04:51] But as we move forward, we’re oh, one of the things I want to make note of is the report and I’ll put the link to it is that 50 percent of the people that have the Corona virus don’t even have any symptoms. So there are people that could be carriers and …until, which is one of the things I wanted to talk about, too, is the testing to start doing more universal testing in the communities where we have more confidence associated with being able to go back to work.


Tripp Babbitt: [00:05:19] We’ll know who’s infected, who’s had it, who hasn’t had it in all those types of things. And more importantly than probably even the testing is that we have cure of some sort or a prevention, which would be a vaccine. And a cure would be nice too, because then, you know, if get it and then it’s going to work to be able to alleviate not only the symptoms but, you know, the things that come with it that are even worse. So if you’re in one of the high categories, please say stay. Stay safe in your community and know that you’re a high, highly susceptible. I know quite a number of people that have diabetes or high blood pressure or something of that sort. So just just be careful, Susie, with that. No one thinks that we’re talking about it on the testing side, which is this is kind of gets into some of the analytical pieces that I’ll get into later. And not only the training, but also this podcast is data. And, you know, one of the things that I. It’s hard to do actually on a podcast episode. But is that 30 given no other ramifications? There’s things in statistics called degrees of freedom and things of that sort and not going to get it go down that path. But in essence, if we sample 30 randomly from each counting, let’s say an Indiana might count in my state, Indiana, 92 counties.


Tripp Babbitt: [00:06:54] So if we really randomly selected 30 people, we’d kind of get a sense of how wide spread this is without having to do, you know, testing everybody.And then they start to narrow in on communities that maybe have more and are more susceptible to coronavirus because they’re a higher population or higher a higher percentage of the random sample by that county. So 30 is the magic number, by the way, if you’re going to if you’ve got infinite amount of things to test. 30 is a good number. And again, this moves with things that are called degrees of freedom, a number of other things. But in essence, if you do 30, it’s a good kind of a good starting point or good rule of thumb to be able to do a test in a particular area. So testing will be key so that we know who has who has it. How is it really 50 percent of the people, you know, have no symptoms at all? Or is it some percentage is difference? And again, the more data we get, the more information we get, the more confidence we can get about what’s going on and then begin to kind of get a new normalcy, I guess associate with our lives, assess, you know, and moving forward. Now, one other things I’d just want to make note of is that the U.S. population is 13 and 1/2 to 14 percent African-American or black. And where is a disproportionate number of African-Americans that have died from this coronavirus? And that’s the numbers out of New Jersey and New York is thirty three percent.But there’s actually a whole series of data that you can kind of go through. Haven’t seen one kind of as an aggregate.


Tripp Babbitt: [00:08:53] You have most of the people that are writing articles. I have an agenda and we’ve talked about bias and things of that, that sort. So but you could take a look at the. Data for yourself and make a determination on, you know, what’s happening and this is one of the dangers of data is it can be manipulated and often is in order to support a particular narrative. So one of the things that I want to talk about that has come out in the research and again, I’ll put a link in the show nets to the article is the importance of exercise. And there’s something that’s associated with the coronavirus. Is this A.I.D.S. Or ARDS?


Tripp Babbitt: [00:09:42] Some people will call it, and it stands for the acute respiratory distress syndrome, which a large percentage obviously of the coronavirus people wind up with the ARDS and is one of the things that, you know, leads to your death as way hooks into your. Into your system, into your lungs, and so the article that I’m going to link to, I thought was was was well written.


Tripp Babbitt: [00:10:16] Talks about how exercise develops in an antioxidant. Then I’m not going to go into all the scientific words for it, but there’s a. Then anti-oxidant that’s produce from exercise and we’ve talked about how relieve stress and things. But it has other benefits. So they say they are antioxidant increases with people who have done some sort of sort of associated exercise or in better shape. So I think in terms of trying to get out and walk, do things, I’ve talked about this in many episodes.


Tripp Babbitt: [00:10:56] I try to walk even on my off days from running or run three days a week.


Tripp Babbitt: [00:11:02] And it’ll give you a better fighting chance that if you did get the disease, you’d be able to do that. And we talked about some of the people that are at risk. You know, they may not be able to do that, but they may be able to walk, you know. So anything you can do exercise wise will help fight off the disease. Get I’ll put links out there associated with that. So let’s see. We we talked I talked about this early on. I just kind of want to go back to it, which is the.


Tripp Babbitt: [00:11:37] When we start to look at our organizations and we’re going and I want to use this Corona virus as a way of kind of prepping your brain around, being able to look at things that are going on around you.


Tripp Babbitt: [00:11:53] And I think the Corona virus actually gives us a good opportunity, which is the social importance that that we derive, that the status that we have has been compromised in many in many ways. You know, you may have enjoyed being know a waiter at a restaurant made good money. You know, maybe we’re going to school to do other things, you know, with that money. It’s something that defines you. And we lose that status.


Tripp Babbitt: [00:12:28] All those people that are beating, being laid off right now are losing that social importance that they have, that status that they have associated with whatever their vocation is. And so as we start to see these numbers laid off, you know, I’m an advocate of laying people off as a last resort. I know the government’s trying to pitch in to do something to save some of these jobs, or at least people get getting paid.


Tripp Babbitt: [00:12:59] But just the act of doing it helps with you or your status or your social importance and value that you have in your particular community. So I just keep that in mind that these people are going through really tough time and it’s tough, tough on you neurologically as you go through it.


Tripp Babbitt: [00:13:21] Now, one of the things that is getting better that we’ve talked about is our ability to anticipate the future.


Tripp Babbitt: [00:13:27] So some of the data that I gave we didn’t have at the beginning of the when this coronavirus virus was taking hold here in the U.S. and around the world. And now that we understand a little bit more about about the disease and we don’t understand everything, I’ll be the first to admit that the science is there. I try to read articles on it all the time, not only for this podcast, but just for my own personal knowledge. I like to know what the future and know what type of data is coming out. And I’m very skeptical. A lot of the data that we get because everybody’s, like I said, seems to have an agenda these days.


Tripp Babbitt: [00:14:10] But our ability to get more confidence about what you can do, you know, how can you avoid it? You know, here are some things. The more information that we get on, things that work, the better off we are mentally. And and from a brain standpoint, it’s a very brain friendly thing. Now, it’s no different than business. These are the things that, you know, if you’re feeling a loss of control or your ability to anticipate the future and you feel like you’re losing your status because maybe you’ve lost your job or been furloughed, temperature temporarily could be permanently because the business closes, then you’re going to understand kind of what it’s like for people, you know, that are in organizations.


Tripp Babbitt: [00:14:59] The. Another thing we’ve talked in terms of personal control. We can’t control this. And the less we control of not only our jobs, but what’s going on around us, the more stress that we get in us than we at the cortisol. We’ve talked about things that’s gist sort. So in your organization, are we if you look at the employee or even the customer, either one and they don’t have any control over the process and you’re the one feeding them rules and regulations and procedures and they don’t have any say in it. Then you’re probably going to not be very brain friendly to either group employees or customers. So how much control do they have about their work? You know, is everything dictated to him versus not dictated? So these these are ways to get a look at what’s going on in our organization.


Tripp Babbitt: [00:16:03] Talked about being part of something bigger than ourself, a greater good. I talk in terms of what needs to be in an aim. That that one of the reasons we join organizations is you’re part of a community of people that you interact with. They are social with that. You’re involved with that. The thought the greater good that that organization’s doing from an aim standpoint, whether it’s in their industry or, you know, whether it’s being safe at the job, in some sense, it’s a sense of spirituality being connected to something that’s a greater good.


Tripp Babbitt: [00:16:46] And organizations that have kind of that greater good type of aim or purpose in their organization tend to not only do better in the eyes of their employees, but in the eyes of the customers. And there’s a number things that that counter that.


Tripp Babbitt: [00:17:05] Another thing is, are the things seeing equitable? And we know that with some of the money coming out, we’ve seen organizations like Harvard come out and taken some of the funds that were originally intended for small business. But then there were a shake shack. And there’s you know, there’s there’s actually a relatively large list of companies that probably could have gotten funds from somewhere else to survive, but start taking money from the government for funds that were intended for smaller business. And so we get the sense of equity that’s not happening because, you know, everybody’s looking at now they’re looking at whether it’s the tax cuts, her or anything else for starting to look through that kind of fairness lens of things that are happening, you know, from the government. And when the government pulls the trigger on two trillion dollars of anything, there’s gonna be good and bad in it. The intention, though, is to keep the economy rolling. And that’s the main thing. And there are going to be people who cheat the system in one way or another or think that that money’s meant for them. But regardless, it’s one things that that’s coming out of. The same thing happens in organizations. Just as you’re maybe judgmental about how the government spending the money, you’re not spending the money or who’s getting the money and who’s not getting the money.


Tripp Babbitt: [00:18:34] Same thing happens within your organization. People are making those judgments all the time. And clarity around that and fairness around that are really key in an organization. And then one of the things that’s kind of tied to the part of some bigger than yourself is, you know, in these this this time work, we’re having a huge opportunity to care for others. And we see people out there making mass at their home, using their sewing kit. They’re they’re doing things to help. The community in which they live and caring for others that are struggling right now. So these are things that, you know, we want within organizations or be able to kind of look at this situation that we’re in today the same way as we’re looking at our organizations when we go back, because there’s just not really any difference. The same judgmental thinking that you have about fairness or loss of status and social importance, and you’re brilliant. These are all the same things that are going on in your organization. It’s just provided new stress now and people are fairly stressed about what’s going on.


Tripp Babbitt: [00:19:58] And obviously, having funds come in certainly helps. There will be a though they’ll be a consequence for adding to our debt and things of that sort. Here in the U.S., but for the short term, getting people so they have funds to keep businesses in business that can and keep them with food and things, things of that sort available to them. So you don’t have to worry about starving to death during a pandemic. And, you know, you pare back.


Tripp Babbitt: [00:20:37] I had a grandfather that died during the in 1919 of the Spanish flu.So I’ve said I didn’t know him. He was young, which was apparently one of the factors associated with it back then was that they were young men that were healthy and in good shape and things of that sort. But he died in 1919, the Spanish flu.


Tripp Babbitt: [00:21:02] And you go back and look at some of the history of their government hit a lot of this stuff. You know, the end of World War One happened during that time. They had a big ticker tape parade in Philadelphia. You know, the decision was made by the government to go ahead and hold a parade.


Tripp Babbitt: [00:21:20] And so Philadelphia was hit very hard during that particular pandemic.You know that associated with the end of World War One. So there’s a whole slew of things. It’s interesting. History is it is interesting.


Tripp Babbitt: [00:21:37] And I’m I’m grateful to be born during these times where there’s a lot more transparency. And hopefully a hundred years from now, there’s even more. And we have more data and we’re in front of this before before it becomes a problem.


Tripp Babbitt: [00:21:54] So, again, I hope everybody stays safe out there. I hope you picked up a few things. Just a quick update on the training videos. The executive education that I’m building, I’m I’m recording a bunch. I’m getting feedback. I probably at some point just need to pull the trigger and put them out there. You know, once I feel I have a complete enough project, but it’s the iterations that are slowing it down right now because as they get feedback and Mike. Oh, you know, and I think, you know, some of these things, like, for instance, when I look, we talk about the customer lens that we’re looking through. If you looked at some of the preview videos and then the thinking lens, the thinking lenses is built off of years of experience doing it. So I’m trying to boil it down. At first, I tried to cover a lot of things and after about the 15th video, it started to say, OK, we need to kind of narrow this in and hit some key leverage points where people understand their thinking in a particular area. We’ll eventually get them some benefit by understanding their organization in that way. So these are some of the struggles I’m going through and doing this and putting it together. And again, you know, have done this with a lot of different organizations over the years. And by virtue of that, I see different things in organizations. So by no means will my thinking lens in my executive education be fully comprehensive because it’s one organization. France has had an issue that was so different than every other organization. It’s not worth putting the thinking lens. But I do believe we’re starting to narrow down on the ones that that are important, that will be important when you’re evaluating your organization or going through how your organization thinks.


Tripp Babbitt: [00:24:00] So stay safe. Stay safe.


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