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The Leadership Conference 2019

Thursday 9th May 2019

The Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterader, Perthshire

Speaker Blog Post

Dr Andrea Luoma

Hope Inspired Leadership

Hope is the leading predictor of satisfaction and happiness in life. Research spanning two decades over 1,000 published studies and across multiple sectors shows that hope is correlated to goal achievement, organizational productivity, physical health, and even academic performance. Hope Theory offers insight into the essential role hope plays in organizational and personal effectiveness. Organizations with high hope have leaders who reach goals sooner and more often, experience higher productivity, have lower unplanned absences, less turnover, and are more resilient to burnout and stress. Hope Theory provides a path for creating a culture of problem solving as an essential aspect of increasing hope in employees to build their own problem-solving capacity to achieve the goals they set for themselves. Hope is the single best predictor of a person’s ability to thrive and flourish. Hope is contagious and can be capitalized upon to build enthusiastic and resilient organizations.


1)      Learn the foundation of Hope Theory and ways leaders are using it to lead change.

2)     Recognize that leading a hopeful culture requires specific leader activities and behaviours, as informed from neuroscience. 

3)      Identify why most performance appraisal and performance reviews fall flat or even backfires. 

4)      Distinguish how to measure hope at an individual-level and organizational-level.


What do you feed a 400 kilo Gorilla? Anything it wants! Why reaching your goals is so hard  

Trying harder or working longer are not the keys to transforming your life. Research shows there are limits to ignoring our limits which can lead to physical and emotional burnout. Your brain has two priorities - safety and efficiency – which help you survive but don’t ensure you will thrive. When you think, feel and act the same way, you are habituated to stay the same and your life too turns out more or less the same. This is why you keep getting results you don’t like and why most goals go unmet or failed and reaching goals can be so difficult. 

Meet the 400 kilo Gorilla – your subconscious - which governs 95-97% of brain activity. The subconscious explains why goal-setting and goal-achieving are completely different things, and why you can end up stuck or not achieving your goals. This session goes beyond motivational strategies, positive thinking, and logic, because simply using more willpower, working harder, or being cleverer isn’t enough to overcome the Gorilla. To achieve your highest potential you need to align your conscious and subconscious brains. Your behaviour and a majority of results are driven by your subconscious patterns not your conscious choices.  


1)      Learn how and why change threatens the brain and thwarts one’s ability to achieve goals.

2)      Gain insight in the power of the subconscious, as informed through the latest research in neuroscience.

3)      Identify your six brain obstacles to success.

4)      Retrain your subconscious mind to be in agreement with your conscious mind and goals.

5)      Practice exercising your neuro-muscles to tame the Gorilla.


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Dr Andrea Luoma is a neuroscience-based communication and leadership consultant and executive coach.  She helps individuals, teams and organisations alter communication patterns and enhance trust. She is particularly skilled at rebuilding toxic environments and bringing them into balance and positivity.

Andrea will focus on:  The Hope Theory, the power of the subconscious and creating a culture for success.