Brad Stevens’ Coaching Style and the Science of Thriving

Brad Stevens' Coaching Style works.

Brad Stevens’ coaching style works. As I type this, my beloved Celtics are up 2-0 against the Cleveland Caveliers in the NBA Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. Virtually nobody predicted this, especially after Boston lost not one, but two of their top stars (and suffered other injuries) before the playoffs. How does Stevens do it? Can the read more…

Can you play your way to higher pay?

I believe you can play your way to a happy, thriving team, which results in boosted performance, creativity, resilience, success, and even pay. Read this article to find out how.

What Leaders Can Learn From Game Design, Part 2: Relatedness


Self-determination Theory suggests that Autonomy, Relatedness, and Mastery are vital human motivators, whether we are talking about working in the office or playing a video game. Every brain in the world is different, but for most of us most of the time, we would rather play games with others than alone. As the title of a just-published study puts it, “Fun is more fun when others are involved”. Science confirms, time and again, that relatedness–connecting to others and feeling something in common–is a key internal motivator.

Launching products, penalty kicks, hope, and fear


First, I want to be direct: I am thrilled to announce that TODAY (March 16, 2016) Happy Brain Science is launching Choose Happiness @ Work, our card game that teaches the science of thriving. Please watch the video below of people playing the game and talking about it.

Why Games? Why are games great for learning?

“Why games? Why are games a good way to teach something?” I asked to kickoff the breakout session after my keynote at the International Game Developer’s Association (IGDA) Leadership Summit. I was honestly blown away at the amazing answers: “All games teach.” “Because play is how we naturally learn, it’s how we’ve always learned throughout human history, read more…