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What managers should know about their brains

How our brains function has been of central interest to scientists for many years, which is not surprising, as our brains are responsible for all our thoughts and feelings. Every memory, every decision and every feeling is based on the activity of billions of nerve cells. But what does this ever-increasing knowledge about the functioning of our brains mean for how we do business? How do we make decisions - consciously or intuitively? How can we think and work more efficiently? And what role does the brain play in communication, leadership and cooperation in teams?

These questions were answered by the renowned neuroscientist and psychologist Prof. Dr. John-Dylan Haynes. He is W3 professor at the Charité Berlin and director of the Berlin Centre for Advanced Neuroimaging. His research deals with the question of whether thoughts can be read and predicted from brain activity. Special areas of interest include consciousness, intentions and free will. Prof. Haynes' research is often featured in the international media (e.g. CNN, CBS, BBC, Guardian, NZZ, Spiegel and Die Zeit).

A summary of the presentation for the Hays-Forum 2014 is available for download (in German only). The files are provided in PDF format for your convenience. Please note that you will need the free Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® program to open these files on your computer.

Our past events (2012-2020)


Hays-Forum 2012

Corporate success is based on a well-founded value system that gives people orientation. But which values ensure lasting success in the company and in the lives of individuals? Anselm Bilgri provides answers.

Teams for the future

Hays-Forum 2013

For companies to act successfully in the market, many things must interact and interlock. In his lecture, Prof. Dr Hans-Dieter Hermann shows what is necessary for teams to act successfully.

Neurology & Economy

Hays-Forum 2014

What does the growing understanding of how our brain works mean for our business actions? The well-known brain researcher and psychologist Prof. Dr. John-Dylan Haynes provides interesting insights.

Future images

Hays-Forum 2015

Thomas Sattelberger can look back on almost four decades of experience in management and HR work, marked by upheavals and digitalisation.

Digital transformation

Hays-Forum 2016

Prof. Sonja Sackmann, Ph.D. provides interesting insights from research on digital transformation.

Dynamic teams

Hays-Forum 2017

Success comes when individual performance is combined with teamwork. This results in dynamic teams - in business as in sport. Markus Weise on the parallels between sport and business.


Hays-Forum 2018

An alternative path to an agile company runs through clever experiments - also and especially in organisational and leadership issues. Dirk Osmetz and Stefan Kaduk provide new insights.

Back to work

Hays-Forum 2019

In his keynote speech, Lars Vollmer identifies the phenomenon of failed value creation, which creates suffering for all people involved and could break the neck of many companies in the coming years.

Learning processes

Hays-Forum 2020

Due to the pandemic situation in 2020, the Hays Forum could not take place to the full planned extent. In 2021, the Hays Forum will take place with the same topic as a digital format.