The term “neuro” relates to nerves, the brain and the nervous system. In general the term ‘‘agility’’ refers to ‘‘the power of moving fast and easy’’ and ‘‘the flexibility to think, learn and draw conclusions quickly’’. Neuro-agility therefore is the term that relates to optimizing all the brain-based elements that impacts the ease, speed and flexibility with which the brain processes information.
The construct of neuro-agility entails integrating and optimizing the neurophysiological elements that impact the speed, ease and flexibility with which people learn, think and process information. It manifests in the brain functioning optimally as one whole brain system, having the mental flexibility and brain agility to utilize all learning and thinking functions of the brain fast, easy and simultaneously in new first time, stressful conditions. Neuro agility underpins the brain’s ability to be in-flow, committing as little human error as possible. It requires being able to concentrate while engaging the whole brain effortlessly during cognitive processes like learning, critical thinking, creativity, complex problem solving and decision making.
Neuro-agility is a universal need, relevant to all people who need to learn, think, and process information fast and easy and be flexible to adapt to the challenges of constant disruptive change in the workplace and society. Neuro-agile people have the mental flexibility to access and utilize all brain regions simultaneously in order for them to be whole brain thinkers and learners who function at optimum level. More specifically, a person’s neuro-agility will be a strong indicator of current and future performance in complex tasks and challenging situations.
For athletes to be at the top of their game and very competitive, they do not only have to execute their skills with precision, but need to have the fitness and agility that will allow them to execute those skills with ease, speed and the flexibility in tough, competitive and stressful conditions.
Just like ballet dancers need the agility to move quickly and easily, executing their dancing skills with beauty and precision, today’s workers need the neuro-agility to learn, think and draw conclusions fast and easy and be flexible in moving across ideas, experiences and understandings fast and easy, in order to be able to maximize the learning value of any experience and apply that learning in new circumstances.
written by: Dr. André Vermeulen