There are many temptations to organize our life around the experience of earlier trauma. But that may short-change the future—which starts by our envisioning something better.
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The social connections we need most right now are hard to get right at work. Understanding the neuroscience of empathy can help.
Leaders need to stop hoping the COVID crisis will be over soon and instead activate what’s known as the Stockdale Paradox.
When a leader is successful in recognizing a person's distress, taking their perspective, and responding with action, the result is that both people’s brains receive reward signals.
If you have even one person who works remotely, you should design meetings and the general culture around everyone being virtual.
Decades of research have demonstrated that diverse teams tend to be smarter and more creative than homogeneous teams. Understanding why can help us focus diversity efforts and drive more meaningful change.
We have an amazing, if fleeting, chance to create a better normal. Here's how we can make the most of it.
Allyship could drive enormous change in organizations. Here's what's holding us back, and how to overcome it.
Leadership needs a grand commitment; a vision for the future. Leaders can set themselves apart, and ahead, by embracing these truths and building these skills.
What we've learned about organizational changes, culture shifts, and most importantly, brain science one year into the pandemic.
We're busier than ever, but less able to get our own work done. Here's how science says we can make the most of our days.
With so much in flux and many employees working from home, now is the time to leverage the moment and make virtual learning more effective. Here's how.
Many organizations are taking a renewed—or perhaps unprecedented—interest in reshaping their D&I efforts. Let's make sure we follow the underlying science to create real change.
For leaders everywhere, it’s time to listen deeply, unite widely, and act boldly. It’s time to lead.
Forget the "new normal." Here's how to build the *better normal" in your organization.
Here are 3 things we tend to get wrong about virtual work—and how to get them right—across organizations of any size.
As remote work becomes increasingly necessary, here are five science-backed tips to make it more brain-friendly, inclusive, and productive.
Soledad O'Brien and I discuss the power of storytelling to create connections and foster inclusion.
Leaders rely on any number of theories to change their cultures. But without a strict focus on the science of habit formation, it's often hard to make things truly stick.
Improve workplace interactions and engagement in three steps.
Raising voices around your organization can lead to greater collaboration and fewer instances of questionable behavior.
Creating a culture of feedback is the most critical driver of positive organizational and financial outcomes.
Feedback is essential for growth, whether it's a single-celled amoeba or a multinational company. Neuroscience shows how to do it right.
A manager can look for patterns in feedback rather than relying on his or her own singular, biased view.
How power changes the way people process their worlds, in ways that explain not only corporate greed or erratic executive behavior, but sexual harassment.
Want to kill your performance rankings? These tips, rooted in neuroscience, can help you do it the right way.
Corporate inclusion programs often create an "us versus them" mindset. But establishing shared goals can help get teams on track.
Striving to increasing workplace diversity is not an empty slogan. It's a good business decision.
How to frame outreach efforts to make the most of your company’s talent, and of people’s commitment, in these times of uncertainty.
Humans evolved in social hierarchies, and as a result we have significant cognitive resources devoted to identifying and then empowering potential leaders.
Implicit bias is an everyone problem, because it is a brain problem.
David Rock is executive director of the NeuroLeadership Institute, and CEO of the NeuroLeadership Group, a global consulting firm.