My Biological Approach to Achieving Success

All of us come from a long unbroken line of ancestors who behaved in such a way as to successfully survive and have children. This means we have all inherited behavioural tendencies and approaches to relationships geared to survival and reproduction (whether we choose to have babies or not).

Unfortunately, there is a mismatch between modern life and the world our ancestors evolved in. This means these ways of behaving aren’t always what’s best in terms of being happy, having good relationships, or getting on well at work. Through understanding why we’re feeling and behaving in the ways we do, we can change our working environment to achieve better outcomes, or we can learn to avoid unhealthy behaviours and relationships.

In a work context, it’s important to note there are small innate differences, on average, between men and women. These small differences however, especially when amplified by our cultural milieu, can lead to different motivations, approaches, and aspirations, and this can mean particular challenges for women in work cultures largely designed for men.

In our workshops we discuss:

  • various aspects of our behaviour and biology
  • discover why we are this way
  • look at the effect on our lives and work
  • find ways to make improvements based on this knowledge

Some sessions will focus on the particular attributes, talents, and constraints that many women have in their approach to work to maximise what we can achieve. Others look at our biological systems, what they mean for our mood, decision making, stress levels, and ways of relating to people. We can then use this knowledge to optimise our work-life balance and our overall health and well-being.

Dr Mairi Macleod

Mairi started out her career studying animal behaviour, and for her Ph.D researched the mating and reproductive strategies of wild samango monkeys in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. On returning to the UK she began some reproduction of her own and so changed tack to more family-compatible work by becoming a freelance science writer. She has written extensively on human behaviour, relationships, and competition for New Scientist Magazine, the Guardian, the Observer, the Sunday Times, the Independent, Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and many more. She lectures at the University of Edinburgh, and she runs workshops and speaks on the science of attraction, relationships, health & wellbeing, and success at work for women.

Mairi lives with her partner and three teenage kids in Edinburgh, and she enjoys skiing, hill-walking, playing ukulele, and singing.