Brain-Based Boss

People engagement expert Terry Williams talks about how to get better buy-in.
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Sep 4, 2015

People with strong connections to their future selves make better decisions. In the absence of time travel technology like the Terminator movies, how can we generate such connections?

Aug 24, 2015

A half dozen or so studies on how physical space influences behaviour, decisions and relationships.

Aug 17, 2015

When we start a job, how accepting are we of the way things are done around here? Where's the challenge or validation of things that may have lost their point or been surpassed?

Aug 10, 2015

A quick snapshop of a couple of studies on how our behaviuour can be nudged by others through small positive actions.

Aug 3, 2015

A few tips and techniques on getting the right amount of sleep consistently and optimising its quality, plus a breakdown on some consequences longterm for not doing so :-(

Jul 27, 2015

I talk about debriefing in a training context then a workplace context, plus recommend an HBR article by Doug Sundheim.

Jul 20, 2015

Some thinking around the inter-relationships and conflicts between social norms and marketing norms when it comes to influencing the behaviour of others.


Click here for my book 'The Brain-Based Boss' and more interesting psych studies.

Jul 13, 2015

Short n sweet - a quick story about a quirky psych study showing how we perceive that others take far more notice of us than they actually do.


Click here for more on my book 'The Brain-Based Boss' and more interesting psych studies.

Jul 6, 2015

What is a 'shift worker'? Is a tired employee 'fit for work'?

Click here for my book 'Live Work Love' and more on fatigue.

Jun 29, 2015

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. What tricks do our lazy brains pull on us and others? How can we prevent or lessen these, or, how can we leverage these to our advantage?

Jun 22, 2015

Continuing on from the last episode, we look at the criteria by which we assess our past jobs and provide a tool with which we can steer towards future jobs.

Recommending this book by Chris Johnson: 

Jun 15, 2015

My responses and reactions to a speaker I MC'd at a conference last week who spoke about career planning. What jobs are coming and going? Too many of us too often think about our careers and ask, "What next?" A smarter road is to ask, "Where to?"


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Jun 8, 2015

Following up last week's episode about how our brains fill in the gaps and make up memories, this episode gives a great case study, suggests some solutions and there's a neat optical illusion activity to prove our actual blind spots.

Jun 4, 2015

We often miss things. We often remember things that never were. We are very reluctant to believe that we miss things or remember things that never were. Memories are less like CCTV footage and more like all of us being directors of reboots / reimaginings of our lives.

May 4, 2015

In this episode, I look at several pieces of research around the illusion of familiarity and how evolution and experience has shaped us into preferring the safety of the familiar and distrusting the novel. This impacts on people in the workplace - the aversion to change in many and the errors people make in perceiving patterns in randomness. A higher performing workplace culture builds into its processes self-correction and the challenging of assumptions. How can we tweak our workplace cultures to be more like that?

Apr 27, 2015

Gladwell drew a lot of attention to the notion of expertise requiring 10,000 hours. In this podcast, I talk about the original researcher, the very narrow application of the theory, and the set of practical steps anyone can apply for themselves and those they lead (as long as you're really keen and passionate about what performance you're trying to improve.).

Apr 20, 2015

We might imagine that a tremendously positive workplace envrionment is a productive place to work. Research shows that a totally positive workplace isn't as productive as you might think. There's a place for negativity in proportion. How can we, individually and in teams, see things and behaviours as they actually are and critique them? 

Apr 13, 2015

So often we try and teach others or coach others or supervise others in a way that clashes with the way people naturally learn. It's quicker, cheaper, more effective and longer-lasting if we can plug into the way people learn naturally. In this episode, I talk through some techniques to quieten our unhelpful inner mental critics and guide people to leverage the power of their own subconscious minds to practise and learn experientially in a way that sticks and drives purposeful changes in behaviour.

Apr 7, 2015

Picture if you will a vertical axis called 'Challenge' and a horizontal axis called 'Skill.' Various combinations of challenge and skill can result in a person being in a state of apathy, worry, control... but what we're aiming for more of is 'FLOW' - a magical (not really magical) state where a high level of skill meets a high level of challenge. Time flies and good things happen.

Mar 30, 2015

Extrapolating current trends to ridiculous extremes. Will there be jobs for humans in 2115?

Mar 23, 2015

The highly skilled and the highly unskilled have something in common - a poor ability to accurately judge their own skill level. It's just that the skilled judge themselves too low and the unskilled judge themselves too low. Just watch every talent show audition process ever...


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Mar 16, 2015

A primer on the work of Carol Dweck and how people's behaviour towards effort and mistakes reveal our true mindsets and how those mindsets, unless we choose to change them, can affect our outcomes.

Mar 9, 2015

What do first years at West Point Military Academy and New Zealand's high school NCEA participants have in common?

Mar 1, 2015

Learn a research-based technique for making decisions that results in better decisions and feeling better about whatever you decide.

Feb 22, 2015

Most industrialised countries have a history of poor saving and mucking around with retirement savings schemes. More changes are likely. Would employees, if employers provided support beyond mere money, have the capability to ever become super savers?    

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