Terms of Engagement: New Ways of Leading and Changing Organizations

We all know we need engaged employees who willingly work hard to give their best. Employee engagement is a win/win/win that benefits the employees, the organization they work in, and the customers they serve. But how do you get engagement? One expensive but solid approach to significant organizational change is the “conference model” advocated by read more…

3 science-based hacks for your next presentation

At some point in our careers, most of us have to deliver a presentation. Whether you are introducing a new company policy, showing the progress on your latest project, or convincing someone of your qualifications for a position, you can draw upon brain science to boost your impact. The key is to understand how the read more…

Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined

What are intelligence, creativity, and talent? How can we measure them? Are they innate, or learned? And how can we each uncover our own? Scott Barry Kaufman tackles all of these important questions and many more in Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined. I found the book compelling, well-researched, and powerful, especially because Kaufman speaks both from his read more…

How to program your organization for talent retention.

Seeing a talented employee walk out the door almost always means costs ahead – costs in the form of recruiting, interviewing, training, learning, and/or team building. And in most cases, those costs (and the disappointment on both sides) might have been avoided by applying some specific insights provided by neuroscience and the science of happiness. read more…

The Progress Principle

How do you motivate employees? How do you keep them happy and engaged? The Progress Principle The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work presents compelling evidence that most of us are failing to use one of the most powerful tools of all: progress toward clear and meaningful goals. read more…

How can I support your goals for 2014?

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In my last newsletter, I shared tips for setting smarter and more meaningful goals for the New Year (or any time of year, really). Perhaps some of your goals have to do with your happiness, at work and beyond. If so, I want Happy Brain Science to provide you with great resources and support to read more…

Smarter goals for more happiness

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It’s that time again: New Year’s resolutions. The science of happiness tells us New Year’s resolutions are a worthwhile ritual. Goals are vital to motivation, engagement, and happiness, at work and beyond. Statistics suggest that people who explicitly set goals are ten times more likely to reach them. Still, while up to 62% of Americans read more…

Leveraging the holiday of gratitude.

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Gratitude beyond Thanksgiving. The month of November calls for a focus on gratitude, but the topic is actually an evergreen in neuroscience and positive psychology, relevant all year. By now, several scientific studies have been indicating the effectiveness of so called “gratitude interventions” in increasing our level of happiness. A gratitude intervention is simply an read more…

A simple activity to boost the impact of your next presentation.

One of my favorite parts of workshops is applying brain research to get the audience involved and learning more. An example of this is getting audiences into small groups for discussion of how they will apply what they’ve learned. I try for groups of six or less people, because research indicates that in groups that read more…

How to Find More Passion at Work

First of all, I mean passion for your work, not your colleagues! If you want help getting passion with your colleagues, you want a different blog! 🙂 Passion for your work is about energy and meaning.  It’s getting energized by your work, and finding–or creating–the meaning in your work. Start with some basics. As I read more…