PEAC stands for Performance – Engagement – Adaptability – Creativity

It’s simple really: if you understand how something works, you can do more with it, you can exercise control and direction over it, you can create more with it and you can use it to it’s optimum intended capacity. More has been learned about the human brain in the last 25 years than in all the years before, and this new science is incredibly useful in helping you to exercise more control over your brain – increasing your productivity, improving your brain health, and developing your capacity for self-control and emotional regulation.

Neuroleadership expert, Michelle Loch, presents you with useful information and practical tips to help you to achieve optimal brain performance using her PEAC Brain Performance Model.

  • If you are a busy executive, parent or solo-preneur navigating the many demands on your life… or
  • if you are a busy student navigating the ebb and flow of study, revision and testing… or
  • if you are maturing and are conscious of the need and desire to maintain your mental health for as long as you can…

then this book is a valuable resource for you and you will benefit from the simple explanations about how your brain really works.


Michelle Loch is passionate about ‘facilitating awesome’ – helping leaders to pause, find and facilitate the ‘awesome’ in themselves and others. This book is a collection of 52 of Michelle’s ideas that are designed to do just that. What you have here is a year’s worth of opportunity to simply pause once a week and spend a few minutes reflecting on the quality of your leadership. There are 10 080 minutes in a week. If you sleep 8 hours a night, then you have 6 720 available to you. If you engage with the idea of this book, then you will be willing to spend around 15-30 of those minutes a week investing in your thought leadership and self-development on the road to becoming a more effective, more mindful and more awesome leader. Whether you lead a large organisation, or a small team, or a community group, or a family… this book will:

  • provide you with useful leadership ideas
  • challenge your thinking
  • help you to develop awareness around your leadership style
  • entertain you
  • keep you focused on your leadership growth and development

Additional Resources…


Your Brain is Your Business by Michelle Loch

52 Weeks of Awesome Leadership by Michelle Loch

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck Ph.D.

Your Brain at Work by David Rock


Click here for the sample coaching session with David Rock

Click here for the sample coaching session between Sydney and Laurie (about Frank)

Click here for a video around the power of questions – on the run coaching example

TED Talk – Simon Sinek: Start With Why (18-minute version)
TED Talk – Simon Sinek: Start With Why (5-minute version)
Mind the Bump: Neuroplasticity and Mindfulness
TED Talk – Matt Lieberman: The Social Brain
Sentis: The Sentis Brain Animation Series
TED Talk – Jim Tamm: Cultivating Collaboration: Don’t Be So Defensive!
The Royal Society: Unconscious Bias
Carol Dweck: The Power of Yet: Developing a Growth Mindset
Carol Dweck: Effect of Praise on Mindsets
Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability
Brene Brown: The Anatomy of Trust
Barbara Fredrickson: The Positivity Ratio
Simon Sinek: Most Leaders Don’t know the Game they are in

Quick Read

Michelle Loch: Rewired Conversations

Neuroleadership: Becoming a NeuroLeader

Coaching Culture: Building a Coaching Culture with Millennial Leaders

Coaching Culture: Building a Coaching Culture wiht Millennial Leaders – Summary

Curiosity: The Business Case for Curiosity – HBR

High Performing Teams: What Google Learned from it’s Quest to Build the Perfect Team – New York Times

High Performing Teams: High Performing Teams need Psychological Safety – Here’s how to create it

The Key to Goal Success: Setting Implementation Intentions

How the Brain Learns: Learning that lasts through AGES

The Social Brain by Matt Lieberman: Social

Empathy:  Empathy vs Compassion

Scientific American: What Does Mindfulness Meditation Do to Your Brain?

Harvard Business Review: Mindfulness Can Literally Change Your Brain

Marchall Goldsmith: Leadership is a Contact Sport

Michelle Loch: 50 Shades of Conversational Narcissism

Harvard Business Review: Outsmart Your Own Biases

Harvard Business Review: You Can’t Be a Great Manager If You’re Not a Good Coach

David Hoffeld: What Your Brain Does When It Hears A Question

Powerful Questions: Socratic Questioning

True Cost of Non-Responsiveness: Blog from Peter Cook

What Neuroscience can teach us about Empathy and Compassion: Article

What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team: New York Times Link

David Rock and Jeffrey Schwartz: The Neuroscience of Leadership

My Brain Academy

Michelle Loch: Online training program – My Brain Academy (Use code PARTICIPANT for a discount)

Evian Gordon: My Brain Resource Brain Training

Binaural Beat Technology: Info


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