In today’s fast-paced, Twitterized world, can meaningful learning experiences be had?

We live in a world of 140 characters. Let’s face it, that type of fast-paced, “live in the now” environment makes it hard for workers to be productive. One of the ways companies can help improve their team’s performance is to provide learning programs that produce tangible increases in productivity and effectiveness. However, most companies […]

Doodle to improve memory

Are you a doodler? Do you sit in meetings and pass the time by surreptitiously doodling on the meeting agenda? Hide those doodles no more! “Recent research in neuroscience, psychology and design shows that doodling can help people stay focused, grasp new concepts and retain information,” writes Sue Shellenbarger for the Wall Street Journal. According […]

Tell a story, excite the brain

I’ve written before about the power of storytelling and how effective it can be as a conversation-opener, a means to connect with listeners, and a training tool. A site called OneSpot has created a wonderful infographic that explores the science of storytelling in an accessible and visually interesting way. Although the graphic is tailored to […]

How leaders should think & act differently

I recently read a Wall Street Journal article on neuroscience studies of leaders and their decision-making process. To be completely transparent, the article quotes extensively from Dr. Srini Pillay and Dr. David Rock. (We have a formal partnership with Dr. Pillay, and Dr. Rock wrote an endorsement of our book, “The Star Factor,” so of […]

How to empower your employees

A recent interview in the New York Times got me thinking about how effective leaders are often already practicing affirmative leadership, they just don’t know it. In the interview, Adam Bryant spoke with Sabine Heller, chief executive of A Small World, an online travel and lifestyle community. Heller talked about her leadership style. “I empower […]

Find your greatness: Join me in Lake Oswego, Oregon

On Tuesday, January 28 at 7 p.m., I’ll present “Finding Your Greatness: What Research on Top Performers in Organizations Tells Us About Personal Success” at the Lake Oswego (Oregon) Public Library. People who have a compelling purpose that’s focused on creating social good are consistently more effective and content than others. In my presentation, I’ll […]

In praise of dendrites (our brains are even smarter than we thought)

By William Seidman Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have made a powerful new discovery about dendrites. The neuroscientists discovered that dendrites are far more than just nerve cell connectors providing passive wiring in the brain. As George Dvorsky wrote in an excellent article in, “…dendrites do more than transfer information—they […]