Making a Mighty Mini-Mi: The Joy of Mentoring

If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. —Isaac Newton Last time we explored the wonders of the prefrontal cortex, the thing that makes us...well, us. This time we shall talk of mentoring, the art and science of sharing with others all that...

Know Your Brain: The Prefrontal Cortex

Last time we discussed the value of practice, and how dangerous practice is if not paired with feedback. Today, I would like to introduce you to the first in a series of articles titled “Know Your Brain.” Each article will discuss a brain area, neurochemical, or other valuable brain concept.

The Definition of Insanity: Why Practice Alone is a Recipe for Disaster

When it comes to building our skills, feedback is not the first tool most people consider. In my workshops, whenever I ask what it takes to get better at something, the first thing I hear is, “Practice!”

Change a Little, Gain a Lot: The Transformative Power of Feedback

Last week we talked about attacking problems rather than people. This week we return to one of our favorite topics: the gift of feedback. This post is adapted from the introduction to our book “Where’s the Gift? Using Feedback to Work Smarter, Learn Faster and Avoid Disaster.”

You Don’t Know Me! Attacking Problems, Not People

Are you happier this week than you were last week? If you read our previous post, I hope the answer is yes! Today is about how to influence others by striking at problems rather than people.

This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things! The Neuroscience of Happiness

This week’s article is adapted from our book Why the Rhino Scatters his S#!T: Expanding Your Fun, Fulfillment, and Impact at Work.

The Curse of Criticism: Why Feedback Hurts, Even When We Want It

Last week, we set the stage for the New Year with a discussion about goal setting and how to make goals actually work. This week, we will address a topic near and dear to my heart: the neuroscience behind why feedback conversations are so difficult.

Setting Goals that Work: How to Beat the Lazy Brain

Given our love of setting New Year’s goals that are then thrown away faster than an ugly Christmas sweater, today, we will talk about settings goals that work.

It’s How We’ve Always Done It: Why We Love What We’ve Already Got

Last week, we talked about the genius of that “damned fool” Abraham Lincoln. This week addresses one of the greatest philosophical questions of our modern age: Coke or Pepsi. (The following is adapted from our book Why the Rhino Scatters his S#!T: Expanding Your Fun, Fulfillment, and Impact at Work.)

The Damned Fool: Abraham Lincoln and the Art of Receiving Feedback

Last week, your humble author discussed what a cheap anti-tipping foreign weirdo he is, and the value of meeting others’ unspoken needs—at work and at home. Today is about, and I quote, the “damned fool” Abraham Lincoln.

About Our Company

Step Change Learning specializes in helping people master essential workplace skills such as leadership ability, receiving and giving feedback, presentation skills, influence, mentoring, and career management. We combine the latest research in cognitive neuroscience and psychology with real-world experience to deliver a Step Change in learning.

Our training philosophy is simple: 

1. The goal of learning is not merely knowledge, but action. 
2. Practice alone does not make perfect. Only practice plus timely and honest feedback make perfect. 
3. Learning by doing trounces learning by lecture.

We make extensive use of role plays, group exercises and feedback to turn new knowledge into new skills.  This means positive, measurable results for participants and the organization.



Michael-John Bristow has been providing neuroscience-based coaching and training to his Fortune 500 clients for over a decade. His international experience and dynamic teaching style make him a highly regarded trainer and coach. He has a track record of success working with a wide range of people including senior leaders, supervisors, scientists, engineers, customer service representatives and marketing professionals.

Michael-John’s methods combine the rigor of solid research with the practicality of real-world experience. He partners with his clients to provide tailored learning that meets their specific needs and interests. He helps participants expand their intellectual and emotional capacity to achieve great things—at work and beyond.

HAPPY participants


Here are a few of the hundreds of testimonials we have received over the years.



One of few courses that said stuff beyond just common sense. Michael-John applies real-life experiences to the concepts. This is the best class I've ever taken.



It is very rare and motivating to witness someone who performs their job so professionally and with so much enthusiasm and passion. He was engaging, a great listener and lead the group with anecdotes and stories as well as examining the bullet points of the text in depth.



It provided me with the detailed guidelines on how to improve my career. It also helped me set priorities in the weaknesses that I have to work on and at the same time how to improve my strengths. The variety of exercises and participant engagement was great!



Unlike many training workshops, this provided strategies that can be developed and used daily. It was really nice to have real time polls and to hear the opinions of others. I am very impressed that MJ was able to remember everyone’s names. His passion for his work shows in his presentations.