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Unleashing The Power Of Neuroscience – Exclusive Interview With Maureen Chiana

Maureen is the CEO and founder of The Mindsight Academy and host of Lead To Excel Podcast. She is a NeuroCoach, delivering Performance Enhancement Treatment [PET] by rewiring the brains of leaders to perform at their optimum.

She is a High Performance Coach, Corporate Consultant, Neuro-Leadership and Emotional Intelligence Specialist, an Award Winning Speaker, that leverages on Neuroscience insights of how the brain works, to empower leaders, executives, female founders and business owners to perform optimally and transform how they lead, work and live.


Maureen is passionate about helping people mitigate the biases that negatively affects them and their decisions, and her framework focuses on the Human Central Processing Unit – THE BRAIN, which helps leaders make better decisions ‒ especially under pressure ‒ thereby improving their overall or targeted performance

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Maureen Chiana, Neuroleadership & Resilience Consultant | Trainer


Introduce yourself! Please tell us about you and your life, so we can get to know you better. What is your business name and how do you help your clients?


I'm Maureen, the CEO and founder of The Mindsight Academy, host of the Lead To Excel Podcast, and a passionate NeuroCoach. My work centres around enhancing the performance of leaders by rewiring their brains, utilising insights from neuroscience to empower individuals to transform their leadership and personal lives.


My approach involves offering a variety of workshops, courses, retreats, coaching programs, and services aimed at enhancing personal, professional, and business performance. I pride myself on my ability to help individuals break through mental, emotional, and confidence blocks to achieve their goals. I bring to the table my experience as a senior leader across various sectors, and as a business owner in the Education, IT, and Hospitality sectors.


My passion lies in empowering leaders to utilise insights from neuroscience to transform their organisations, build emotionally agile teams, and work towards a common goal of excellence. I strive to take complex scientific concepts and present them in a relatable and easy-to-understand manner.


In my free time, I enjoy unwinding with spa days, reading, traveling and meditating.


What kind of audience do you target your business towards?


I work primarily with leaders, executives, female founders, and business owners, helping them understand and overcome their biases and improve their decision-making processes, particularly under pressure. My core philosophy is that with the right tools and understanding of the brain, anyone can enhance their emotional intelligence, challenge their limiting beliefs, and become a more adaptable, innovative, and resilient leader. What would you like to achieve for yourself and your business in the future?


I am on a mission to make a global impact by helping individuals to optimise their brains, enabling them to flourish and lead limitless lives.

My work is deeply inspired by the conviction that every individual has an immense potential within them, waiting to be unlocked. I strongly believe that by understanding the intricate workings of our brain, we can harness its power to become conscious leaders and lead more fulfilled lives. This belief has shaped my purpose: to help individuals tap into their hidden potentials and use this knowledge to shape not only their personal lives and careers but to make a meaningful impact on the world at large. It's the prospect of this transformation – witnessing people rise to their optimum potential and influence their teams and others positively – that fuels my passion and continues to inspire my work every day. Who inspires you to be the best that you can be?


As a firm believer in both God and the teachings of scripture and science, I draw the greatest inspiration to be the best I can be from the Divine. I believe that God, the ultimate Creator, has instilled within each of us limitless potential. The scriptures encourage us to seek wisdom, understanding, and love, which pushes me to continually grow and evolve. Science, too, offers a deep well of inspiration, showing us the potential of the human mind and body. Together, these teachings imbue in me the belief that we are designed for greatness and growth, and it is this divine design that inspires me to strive for excellence in all that I do. Tell us about your greatest career achievement so far.


My greatest career achievement has been the transformative impact I've made on leaders in my role as a NeuroCoach and CEO of The Mindsight Academy. By helping these leaders rewire their brains, I have enabled them maximise their potential, transforming their approach to leadership, work, and life.


I've had the privilege of providing a comprehensive range of services, including workshops, courses, retreats, coaching programs, and consulting services. Through these offerings, I've guided individuals in enhancing their personal, professional, and business performance. Notably, I've helped a senior leader negotiate a remarkable salary increase of 90%, demonstrating the tangible outcomes of my work.


Drawing upon my extensive experience as a Transformational Trainer, Speaker, and Mentor, I am highly sought after by hospitals and pharmaceutical organisations worldwide. I am deeply honoured to have received recognition as an award-winning speaker, as my authentic, humorous, and impactful presentations leave a lasting impression on audiences.


Among my most significant accomplishments are prestigious awards such as the Global Excellence in Neuroleadership and International Woman of the Year. These accolades serve as a testament to my expertise and contributions in the field, reaffirming my commitment to empowering individuals to overcome mental, emotional, and confidence barriers. By helping individuals break free from limiting beliefs, perceptions, thoughts, and unconscious biases, I enable them to take immediate and purposeful action, resulting in rapid and sustained transformation.


Another noteworthy achievement is the profound impact of my EQ for Leadership program. This program has successfully transforms underperforming departments and empowers executives to shift from a mindset of mere striving to one of flourishing.


In summary, my greatest career achievement lies in the profound transformation I've facilitated in the lives of leaders. Through my expertise as a NeuroCoach, speaker, and mentor, I've equipped individuals with the tools necessary to optimise their performance and achieve their goals. By seamlessly integrating neuroscience insights with a practical and empowering approach, I've made a positive impact on countless leaders globally.


I am humbled by the words of a satisfied client who said, "Maureen worked with incredible skill to quickly turnaround a seriously underperforming team. Her deep understanding of people, motivations, and what is possible was evident throughout. While she listened carefully to everyone, she also displayed decisive leadership and unwavering commitment to improving performance. Having worked with several interim managers in the past, I can confidently say that Maureen's results were both rapid and long-lasting. Her legacy of improvement surpasses that of any other consultant I have encountered. I cannot recommend Maureen highly enough." – Holly Bembridge Tell us about a pivotal moment in your life that brought you to where you are today.


The pivotal moment in my life that led me to where I am today was 17 years ago when I had to close the business that had invested so much time , effort and finances into. I experienced a profound sense of humiliation and emotional distress during that period. It was during this challenging time that I realised I needed to take proactive steps to emerge from this dark place.


Driven by curiosity, I embarked on a journey to delve into the realms of neuroscience and emotional intelligence, seeking to understand my emotions, thoughts and why I felt the way I did. This pursuit proved to be transformative, completely altering the course of my life. Through my experience and discovery, I was able to rewire my brain and liberate myself from the grips of that dark period.


This experience has ingrained within me the knowledge that I was not a failure. Equipped with this newfound understanding, I have dedicated myself to helping others by applying this knowledge and fostering emotional intelligence. I firmly believe that by reintegrating the human element into leadership, we can guide individuals towards higher performance and success.


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