Learn about our journey Exploration & innovation

21 Triangles is a leader in successfully translating neurobiological research, behavioural studies & motivational science into everyday organisational & leadership practice. We’ve achieved a lot, but we also recognise there is a lot more we can do for our clients … & even select future affiliate partners. The evidence-base is solid, the assessments & techniques have proven amazingly accurate & effective in real world use, & the potential is immense. Join us on our journey – or let us join you on yours.

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Our past Expectations, experience & exploration

21 Triangles started when Michael McIntosh, following 2 decades of business leadership, was asked to train new managers how to build & manage business units. It quickly become apparent that their challenges were as much about how to manage themselves, their worries & their relationships with peers & subordinates as it was about the businesses. Accordingly, his attention focused more on management & development of self & others, including key elements of emotional intelligence, neurobiology, motivation & behavioural patterns.

With a goal of enhancing effectiveness & engagement, Michael returned to university to add a Masters Degree in Counseling to his MBA. At the same time, he met Prof. Selena Bartlett, a passionate neuroscientist, & was drawn into the neuroscience behind the capacities, emotions & behaviours that people dealt with every day at work. Soon after, he was taught by Pieter Rossouw, a leader in the theory & practice of neuropsychotherapy, & who himself soon became a keen supporter of Michael’s research & use of neuropsychotherapeutic principles in leadership & workplace applications. Inevitably, combining science with experience meant a whole new approach to evidence-based best practice, along with world-first evidence-based concepts, techniques & assessments.

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Our present Evidence in development, application & outcomes

Michael’s ongoing research into the neurobiological underpinnings of motivation, performance, behaviour & well-being has led to the development of assessment, leadership, motivation, resilience, training & recruitment concepts & methodologies that have proved unique in their usefulness & pin-point accuracy. This shift towards a neurobiological basis eventually saw 21 Triangles co-branded as The Australian Centre for Neuroleadership in 2015, confirming a commitment to strong evidence & practical application across all of our work.

Today we have long-standing relationships with select valued clients where our assessments, training & techniques are tested every day & at every level. This real-world application, accountability & success is critical for the effectiveness of everything we believe in & stand for, serving as evidence of our approach & techniques, as well as proving to be of authentic commercial benefit in the most challenging of competitive markets.

As a private passion, in consultation with fitness industry experts Michael has recently also drawn on neurobiology to combine physical exercise & mindfulness to enhance motivation, mood & well-being in a new concept called MindCycle® . In 2020 we hope to release MindCycle® as downloads for your personal use. Michael also continues to practice Integrated Neuropsychotherapy for a limited number of private clients.

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Our future A time of excitement & possibility

We anticipate that by 2020 The Australian Centre for Neuroleadership will operate as a stand-alone research-based identity. It will specialise in exploring new science & techniques, sharing research & information, administering assessments & training programs & continually innovating in how neurobiologically-grounded knowledge & techniques can be used in the workplace. You will already see plenty of that in this website.

There will be opportunities for the training & accreditation of a limited number of independent affiliates internationally who share our values & passion, to learn from us & in turn share that unique knowledge & expertise with their own clients. 21 Triangles will operate as one of those accredited affiliates, providing the same levels of expertise & service to our clients as we currently do.

If you are interested in becoming an accredited affiliate in 2020 or beyond, send us an e-mail expressing your interest & we’ll get in touch.

Why 21 Triangles? Or - why not?

We’re often asked, “Where did the name 21 Triangles come from?” The answer is simple & never expected – we designed the logo first. The number or shape have no specific significance apart from us wanting a logo & name that incorporated things we like – colour, individuality & iconoclasm.

This uniqueness remains today, with an aversion to populist & simplistic approaches & sound-bites, & a preference for researching, developing, testing, doing & refining in ways that engage our creativity, values & focus on proof. We didn’t get serious about growing our client base for many years – R&D & proven results were everything. We’ve never had an “elevator pitch” either, & we’re not that interested in most forms of social media marketing. We’re never going to follow the crowd – instead, we just want to continue to be the best at what we do. It’s an ethical business approach that engages & motivates us deeply.

Contact us now to discuss how our exclusive NeuroSmart® Assessments & techniques can elevate you & your team

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