NLI in the Media

Fortune

What Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy can teach corporate America about leading through crisis

As President Zelenskyy finds himself thrust into the spotlight of the global stage by a deadly and quickly escalating conflict, Dr. David Rock reflects on what leaders can learn from the "unexpected hero's" example in Fortune Magazine.

BBC

The parental shame that haunts working parents

The Neuroleadership Institute's Christy Pruitt-Haynes steps forward in this Worklife article to explain how organizations and parents can work together to build more equitable, parent-friendly businesses. Read more here.

Inc. Magazine

What Will the Office of the Future Sound Like? Cue the Wind Instruments

Dr. David Rock is quoted in Inc Magazine's list of inspirational and thought-provoking quotes to take into the new year. Read on for 365 days of insight.

Data Driven HR Monthly

NLI’s David Rock, Microsoft Featured in Data Driven HR Monthly

Dr. David Rock is featured alongside Kathleen Hogan and Joe Whittinghill in Data Driven HR Monthly's 2021 roundup of the best "HR and People Analytics articles of 2021" for their work on Microsoft's latest public research on hybrid work.

Digital Journal

NLI’s Janet Stovall Named Ambassador for Goodera’s 10K for Racial Equality Campaign

Janet Stovall (Senior Client Strategist) joins Goodera's 10K for Racial Equality campaign, which "encourages companies to take more proactive steps towards fighting racial discrimination within the workplace and society. At its heart, the campaign aims to empower 10,000 employees to volunteer for racial equality in 2022."

Thomas Insights

3 Books to Help You Break Out of the Mold in Your Career

"Conventional wisdom will only get you conventional results. To stand out, you need to break the so-called rules and think outside the box."  In this article, Thomas Insights cites Dr. David Rock's Your Brain at Work as one of three books you should read to break the mold and stand out in your career. Read on to learn more.

Inc. Magazine

365 Inspirational Quotes for 2022

Dr. David Rock is quoted in Inc Magazine's list of inspirational and thought-provoking quotes to take into the new year. Read on for 365 days of insight.

Shondaland

We’re More Distracted Than Ever. Here’s How to Improve Your Focus

The widespread move to a platform-first, push-notification heavy culture has made it harder than ever to focus. In this Shondaland article, Dr. David Rock offers strategies and tips on keeping a clear, sharp, well-managed mind.

WTAX Radio News

HR expert on the toll that pandemic is having on employees

Joey McLaughlin talks with HR expert and consultant at NeuroLeadership institute, Christy Pruitt-Haynes about the mental toll working form home is having on office life. Click here to listen to the interview.

Pumble

How to balance FOTO and FOMO in hybrid work

While "the return to office" remains a murky and puzzling concept for many businesses, the need to manage employee expectations is apparent. Christy Pruitt-Haynes offers a perspective on how to do so at Pumble.

Fast Company

Stop telling managers to be empathetic. Try this instead.

David Rock, cofounder of the NeuroLeadership Institute, says when a leader is successful in recognizing a person in distress, taking perspective, and responding with meaningful […]

How to Be Awesome at Your Job

Navigating the Great Resignation with Dr. David Rock

Dr. David Rock shares strategies to help both employees and employers come out of the Great Resignation feeling more satisfied.

Fortune

The Great Resignation: How Maslow’s ‘hierarchy of needs’ could be the key to stopping employees from quitting

Dr. David Rock is quoted in Fortune Magazine's report on how leaders can look to Maslow's Heirarchy of Needs to retain employees.

Digiday

‘It feels so invasive’: Employers turn to tracking software to monitor remote workers, raising ethical questions

Many employers have turned to employee tracking software—surveilling the everyday activity. Christy Pruitt-Haynes provides guidance on what to do instead.

Fast Company

How to change someone’s perception of you

Whether it’s a past mistake, a misunderstanding, or simply getting off on the wrong foot, not everyone will have a high opinion of you. Unfortunately, that negative perception can impact your ability to work together, lead, or get ahead. In this article cognitive scientists including NLI's own Dr. Michaela Simpson come together to provide readers with tips on how to assess—and improve—relationships that start off badly.

CNN Business

Workers are demanding action from their employers. Here’s how to address their concerns

Employees are increasingly demand that their employees take action to address cultural problems and inequity. In this CNN business article, Dr. David Rock provides a perspective on what to do about it.

Harvard Business Review

NLI in HBR: Why Mandates Make Us Feel Threatened

As companies figure out how to implement vaccination mandates, brain science can help leaders develop strategies for managing employee reactions. Mandates feel like a violation of […]

The Ladders

How to Be a Better Leader by Using Brain Science

Leaders who aim to improve themselves and their teams traditionally embrace management methods and HR principles. But they’re often missing a critical tool: a deeper […]

Bloomberg Quicktake

Video: The Uncomfortable Conversations We Need to Have at Work

Research has shown that diverse companies are more innovative and perform better. But strategies typically used to create inclusive work environments haven’t always been effective […]

Bloomberg Quicktake

Video: Would You Let Your Colleagues Decide Your Salary?

After a year working from home, employees emboldened with a sense of independence are demanding fairness and autonomy in the workplace, and companies are taking […]

American Police Beat

Why Fries Need Salt: How Brain Science and Inclusion Will Help Us Meet the Moment

When we think of diversity as just numbers and percentages — binary do’s and don’ts — we might satisfy a grumble, but we miss out […]

Forbes

How To Not Mess Up Return-To-The-Office

Despite the anxiety of the pandemic and drastic changes at work, many studies show that the majority of both employers and employees reported positive effects […]

PR Newswire

The NeuroLeadership Institute Announces Launch of ALLY, The First Globally Scalable Solution for Activating Equity in Organizations

The NeuroLeadership Institute (NLI), a cognitive science-based research consultancy dedicated to making organizations more human since 1998, today announced the launch of its groundbreaking solution, […]

Yahoo! Finance

The NeuroLeadership Institute Announces Launch of ALLY, The First Globally Scalable Solution for Activating Equity in Organizations

The NeuroLeadership Institute (NLI), a cognitive science-based research consultancy dedicated to making organizations more human since 1998, today announced the launch of its groundbreaking solution, […]

Forbes

How About Employee DISengagement?

A few times every year, a major company is in the crosshairs of a larger work culture and burnout debate. It’s been Goldman Sachs many […]

Forbes

What Leadership Needs To Look Like In 2035

Leadership needs a grand commitment. General Motors (GM), a Fast Company Most Innovative Company, recently announced it will sell only zero-emission vehicles by 2035. The […]

Forbes

COVID’s First Birthday: A View From the Brain

“One year of COVID” are the hot takes of the moment, from “Sorrow and stamina, defiance and despair” to numerical breakdowns to seemingly never-ending partisan […]

Forbes

Missing Your People: Why Belonging Is So Important And How To Create It

The pandemic has played havoc with our mental health, and a significant factor in our malaise is that we’re missing our people—terribly. We long for […]

Marketplace

Unplugging from work is extra hard…and needed this year

The extraordinary circumstances of the pandemic have given new weight to the end-of-year break, as the line between work and home has blurred more than […]

Forbes

What Leaders Can Expect In 2021 And How To Best Prepare

What can you count on coming your way in 2021? More ambiguity, uncertainty and change! Hooray! As a leader, your challenge is to increase your […]

HR Executive

What a termination at Google means for HR tech

When tech giant Google fired a prominent AI researcher last week, it was not a great PR moment for the company. Will it also bring […]

SmartBrief

Get ready for 2021 with leadership principles

Leadership will be critical in the year to come, as you navigate uncertainty, fierce competition and resource constraints. One way to get your organization ready […]

The State Journal

Are your distractions keeping you off track?

Here we are — eight months into our COVID-19 pandemic. So many changes have taken place in our outer world. Yet, it’s our inner worlds […]

Wall Street Journal

Why Companies Should Stop Scaring Employees About Cybersecurity

If they want workers to be more vigilant, fear doesn’t work. Fortunately, there are alternatives.

CLO

Brain-based leadership in a time of heightened uncertainty

Heightened uncertainty can have a devastating impact on the performance and mental health of employees, triggering a threat response in the brain that interferes with […]

HR Executive

Worried your employees have had too much change? Think again

Experts say that times of great change should be seen as opportunities to help organizations form new habits.

Rotman Magazine

How Diversity Defeats Groupthink

Human beings enjoy cohesion so much that we are often afraid to say anything to disturb it. Diversity can help.

Fast Company

Feedback leads to more feedback. Here’s why that’s a good thing for leaders

A funny thing about providing feedback—once you start providing your thoughts to others, you will begin receiving their thoughts on you. It’s a natural human […]

Forbes

3 Reasons Why ‘Anti-Bias’ May Solve More Than ‘Anti-Racism’

Right now many leaders are asking how they can turn their companies anti-racist—that is, supporting an anti-racist policy through their actions, or expressing an anti-racist […]

Forbes

To Build Better Systems, Be Like Odysseus

Building anti-racism and bias mitigation into the systems and processes of an organization might be one of the more effective and sustainable ways to dismantle […]

Chief Learning Officer

Deploy brain-friendly leadership models in your organization

An organization’s leadership model will serve as an effective guide for decision-making and team engagement when it is “sticky,” has meaning, and people can easily […]

HR Digest

3 Ways to Redefine Your Organization for a New Era

With the world on lockdown, organizations everywhere have had to rethink how they operate. But in the midst of the crisis, some have discovered something […]

Forbes

How To Make Virtual Learning Better, Not Worse, Than In-Person

When governments issued lockdown orders earlier this year, organizations everywhere scrambled to move their learning programs online. Since then, a team at the NeuroLeadership Institute has conducted […]

Forbes

In Conversation With Neuroscientist Dr. Kamila Sip: How Understanding The Brain Helps Leaders Build Habits At Scale

The only constant in life is change, as they say. But you can’t expect your behaviors to change just because you really want them to. […]

LA Times

Coronavirus may be creating better bosses, who talk less and listen more

Back in the pre-COVID-19 days, Mitchell Spearman didn’t talk to his staff much about their feelings. As senior director of principal gifts for the University […]

Business Insider by Pulse

On Tuesday, Sephora closed stores for 2 hours to educate employees about racial bias — here’s how the cosmetics giant is proving its fight against discrimination is more than just lip service

Sephora is making concerted efforts to halt discrimination at its stores and within its corporate offices as the retail industry continues to experience a reckoning […]

Boston Globe

How companies are using science to find the right hire

Any business leader will tell you the right team is essential for fostering innovation and success. But is talent development an art or a science? […]

USA Today

Despite warnings, the US wasn’t prepared with masks for coronavirus. Now it’s too late

Treating coronavirus patients in one of the busiest emergency rooms in Manhattan, Dr. Jason Hill wore the same disposable respirator mask for up to four […]

Forbes

Follow the Science of Culture Change to Transform D&I

We’ve written before on the importance of creating priorities, habits, and systems (PHS) when it comes to large-scale culture change. But with so many organizations […]

Forbes

Why Companies Should Do Better In Their BLM Response

About 3 weeks ago, the emails started. Companies sent out emails to thousands of subscribers asking for forgiveness and pledging support for Black communities.  The emails […]

Forbes

The Marvel Model: How to Tell a Story With Your I&D Initiatives

You wouldn’t expect to find Buzz Lightyear at Monsters University. It just wouldn’t happen. The miniature space explorer and the institution of higher learning for […]

HR Daily Advisor

Roughly 80% of Workers Don’t Want to Come Back, Citing Virus Fears

While employees are returning to workplaces across the country, sadly, a majority of them are still worried they may end up losing their jobs because […]

Deadline

Sony Launches Racial Equity & Inclusion Initiative Sony Pictures Action

Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra shared with employees today details about the studio’s racial equity and inclusion initiative program, Sony Pictures Action. […]

Forbes

Think Like a Futurist: How to Chart Your Organization’s Course Amid Crisis

In recent months, over the course of the COVID-19 crisis, I’ve been talking with hundreds of leaders about how they see the road ahead, and […]

Business Insider

4 things your black employees and coworkers wish you knew —and how you should offer allyship and support

I have the fortune of knowing and working with incredible people of all backgrounds and ethnicities. And as a black leader who has held senior-level […]

Inc.

Want to Be a Truly Exceptional Leader? Neuroscience Says Do These 5 Simple Things Right Now

About one-third of Americans have exhibited signs of anxiety or depression in the wake of Covid-19, according to the Census Bureau, and your employees are […]

Forbes

HP Looks After Its People to Lead Through Crisis

As Chief Human Resources Officer, it’s Tracy Keogh’s job to take care of people at HP, a firm known and lauded for its culture of […]

Marketplace

Will the workweek shrink in a post-pandemic world?

The idea of a four-day workweek received a boost from New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern last week, when she encouraged companies to try it […]

Forbes

The Framework All Leaders Need to Build a Better Normal

As the world limps toward recovery, many news headlines seem to suggest we should accept this reality as our “new normal,” as if the story is all bad and […]

Forbes

How One Company Is Responding Quickly to Crisis by Understanding the Brain

It feels like we’ve weathered an enormous storm in recent weeks. Seemingly without warning, forces beyond our control displaced us from our offices and cut […]

Forbes

What Airbnb Got Right About Announcing Layoffs

If you haven’t already seen the letter from CEO Brian Chesky to his team at Airbnb, addressing the impending layoffs, you likely will very soon. It’s already […]

CNBC

3 things you can do today to beat work stress, according to neurosciencee

Nearly every aspect of living and working has been upended by the coronavirus pandemic. Running essential errands, checking on friends and family, caring for kids […]

Forbes

5 Neuroscience-Backed Methods To Manage Stress At Work

With a large number of employees working remotely due to the coronavirus outbreak, many are having trouble adjusting to the new reality, especially when there […]

ATD

3 Cognitive Pitfalls Leaders Should Avoid During a Crisis

If the saying goes that first we make our habits, and then our habits make us, in times of crisis we had better make sure […]

CNBC

The dos and don’ts of talking to employees virtually about furloughs and layoffs

California-based electric scooter rental company Bird recently laid off 30% of its workforce at once over a live Zoom conference call, due to the financial […]

Forbes

The Science Of Virtual Work—and How It Can Make Life Easier For Everyone

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Forbes

5 Ways Science Shows Us How to Work Better Virtually

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Forbes

A Bias Goes Viral

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Forbes

The NLI Interview: Kamila Sip On Speaking Up

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Forbes

The NLI Interview: Randall Tucker On The Almighty Power Of Inclusion

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CTDO Magazine

An Agile State of Mind

Ann Schulte is encouraging mindset and learning agility at Procter & Gamble to tackle challenges and disruption.

Forbes

Should I Be Focusing on D&I or… I&D?

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Forbes

Q&A with Deb Bubb

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CLO

The AGES Model can help learning stick

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S+B

How Powerful People Slip

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Thrive

3 Ways Leaders Can Elevate Quiet Voices

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Forbes

How to Stop Talking About Diversity in Terms of Quotas

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Forbes

The NLI Interview: Soledad O’Brien

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Thrive Global

This is What Leaders Often Get Wrong About Growth Mind-Set

Whenever we learn something new, our instincts may lead us to internalize dangerous myths and mistakes. Continue reading on Thrive Global

Forbes

Don’t Change Beliefs, Change Behaviors

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TD

How to Teach Everyone Quickly, No Matter Where They Work

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Forbes

The Fastest Way to Change a Culture

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S+B

Create a Workplace Where Everyone Feels Comfortable Speaking Up

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Quartz

How to Have Conversations That Make People Stay

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Forbes

4 Reasons Why Identity Diversity Matters

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HBR

How to Speak Up When It Matters

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Quartz

How to be the kind of boss that people speak up to

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Fast Company

This is what leaders often get wrong about growth mind-set

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Quartz

Why it’s so hard to think effectively about the future

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Harvard Business Review

How to Gracefully Exclude Coworkers from Meetings, Emails, and Projects

You and about 20 of your coworkers are sitting around a crowded conference room table, discussing the details of some project. Some people are fighting for attention, trying to get a word in. Others won’t stop talking. Others have tuned the meeting out, retreating to their laptops or phones.

Quartz

It’s Possible (and Dangerous) to Be Over-Inclusive

By Khalil Smith, Heidi Grant & Kamila Sip Organizations have rightly started making diversity and inclusion top priorities. And accordingly, managers have become more sensitive […]

strategy + business

Using Neuroscience to Make Feedback Work and Feel Better

Research shows that using feedback is how organisms — and organizations — stay alive. Here’s how leaders can make the most of the anxiety-producing process.

Harvard Business Review

5 Mistakes Companies Make About Growth Mindsets

Like any psychological concept that booms in popularity, growth mindset — the dual belief that skills and abilities can be improved, and that developing your skills and abilities is the purpose of the work you do — is ripe for misinterpretation.

Harvard Business Review

3 Biases That Hijack Performance Reviews, and How to Address Them

When we talk about bias, we often tie it to acts of discrimination or prejudice. But according to cognitive science, everybody, by virtue of having a brain that’s constantly seeking efficiency, is biased in some way — and not all biases make us actively malicious.

strategy+business

Why Our Brains Fall for False Expertise, and How to Stop It

Once we are aware of the shortcuts our minds take when deciding who to listen to, we can take steps to block those shortcuts. At the beginning of every meeting, a question hangs in the air: Who will be heard? The answer has huge implications not only for decision making, but for the levels of diversity and inclusion throughout the organization.

strategy + business

Approaching Diversity with the Brain in Mind

The concept of unconscious bias, percolating for years now, is becoming better established, thanks in large part to a wave of scientific research. Every week, it seems, a study or book comes out that offers new and important insights about the subtle ways human beings discriminate against one another, robbing certain groups of important opportunities and depriving institutions of the skills that members of these groups possess.

Quartz

The Yanny vs Laurel Debate is a Perfect Example of How Bias Works

Do you hear Yanny or Laurel? Believe it or not, the same science that fuels this debate—it’s definitely “Yanny,” by the way—can also help explain why it’s difficult to overcome bias in the office.

Fast Company

No Pain, No Brain Gain: Why Learning Demands (A Little) Discomfort

Remember being in middle school and preparing for an exam? Chances are you spent your study time paging through your class notes or rereading the textbook. Maybe you highlighted important details as you went.

Fast Company

Diversity Makes Inclusion Harder, But Here’s What To Do About It

Good-faith attempts to champion diversity often backfire for a pretty intuitive reason: The more an organization points out the differences among employees–even in order to celebrate them–the more likely it is that some employees will feel less included, and behave accordingly. 

Quartz

Putting All of Your Star Players on One Team Can Stifle Creativity

At Apple, Steve Jobs led much of the industrial design charge, while the softer-spoken Steve Wozniak bulletproofed the engineering. In the world of theater, famed lyricist Oscar Hammerstein dreamt up beloved classics such as “The Sound of Music” and “The King and I,” but it was Richard Rodgers who found the music in his partner’s words.

Harvard Business Review

The Right Way to Ask for Help at Work

Few of us enjoy asking for help. As research in neuroscience and psychology shows, the social threats involved—the uncertainty, risk of rejection, potential for diminished status, and inherent relinquishing of autonomy—activate the same brain regions that physical pain does.

Business Insider

5 Ways to Use Psychology to Make Your Colleagues Like You More

If you work in an office, you probably spend more time with your colleagues than you do with even your closest friends — and the quality of those relationships can mean the difference between a joyful workday and a minefield of stress and conflict.

Fortune

Why Organizations Fail

By DAVID ROCK

Harvard Business Review

Tell Employees What You Want Them to Strive for (in as Few Words as Possible)

By Dr. David Rock (Director, The NeuroLeadership Institute)

Fast Company

How To Teach Your Brain Something It Won’t Forget A Week Later

By MARY SLAUGHTER

Harvard Business Review

Why Diverse Teams Are Smarter

By DAVID ROCK & HEIDI GRANT

Harvard Business Review

Diverse Teams Feel Less Comfortable — and That’s Why They Perform Better

By DAVID ROCK, HEIDI GRANT & JACQUI GREY

strategy+business

Is Your Company’s Diversity Training Making You More Biased?

By DAVID ROCK & HEIDI GRANT

Wall Street Journal

Seven Steps to Reduce Bias in Hiring

By JAY J. VAN BAVEL & TESSA V. WEST

Inc.

10 Most Innovative Conferences of 2016

By MICHAEL SCHEIN

Inc.

4 Secrets to Learning Anything, According to Neuroscience

By LAURA GARNETT & JOSH DAVIS The future of work is all about innovation and agility. We have to be prepared for ever-changing circumstances, and […]

Psychology Today

Why We Select Toxic Leaders

By DAVID ROCK

Psychology Today

A Bias Against Bias

By DR. DAVID ROCK, DR. HEIDI GRANT & CAMILLE INGE

Harvard Business Review

4 Steps to Having More Aha Moments

By DAVID ROCK & JOSH DAVIS

Inc.

How Neuroscience Will Make You a Better Leader

By LAURA GARNETT

LinkedIn

Five Predictions About Talent Management for 2016

By DAVID ROCK

strategy+business

Kill Your Performance Ratings

By DAVID ROCK, JOSH DAVIS & BETH JONES

Boston.com

What Really Happens When Companies Kill Performance Reviews

By JUSTINE HOFHERR

Wall Street Journal

How Performance Reviews Can Harm Mental Health

By CHANA R. SCHOENBERGER

One Simple Idea That Can Transform Performance Management

By DAVID ROCK, JOSH DAVIS & ELIZABETH JONES

CNN Money

Goodbye Annual Review, See Ya Performance Ratings

By JEANNE SAHADI

Harvard Business Review

Why More Companies Are Ditching Performance Ratings

By DAVID ROCK & BETH JONES

strategy+business

Beyond Bias

By HEIDI GRANT & DAVID ROCK

NY Times

Before Starting as a Coach, It Helps to Go into Training

By ALINA TUGEND

LinkedIn

Don’t Remove Performance Ratings (Unless You Are Willing To Do Three Things Well)

The shift away from formal numerical performance ratings is at an interesting tipping point. According to a recent CEB study, approximately 6% of the Fortune 1000 have removed ratings, 15% of companies are in the process of deciding whether to do so, and 28% of companies would consider it.

Huffington Post

Lack of Care About Sleep Derails Us All

By DAVID ROCK

Financial Review

Performance Management, Forced Ranking Should Be Ditched

By RACHEL NICKLESS

Psychology Today

The Brain at Work and at Home

By DAVID ROCK

The Economic Times

Guru Speak: An Insight into Your Mind

By PRIYANKA SANGANI

Huffington Post

5 Big Discoveries About Leadership in 2012

By DAVID ROCK

Huffington Post

Bridge the Fiscal Cliff Through Brain Science

By DAVID ROCK

Harvard Business Review

Being the Boss Isn’t so Stressful After All

By DAVID ROCK

Psychology Today

Back from a Vacation? Don’t Waste Your Clear Mind

By DAVID ROCK

ATD

The Dangers of Pasteurized Learning

By DAVID ROCK

Psychology Today

Why Everyone Hates the Boss

By DAVID ROCK

ATD Keeping an Eye on the Time

By JOSH DAVIS, MAITE J. BALDA & DAVID ROCK

Harvard Business Review

Leadership on the Brain

By DAVID ROCK

Live Mint

The Concentration Crisis

Looking for strategies to overcome distraction and work smarter all day long? Then David Rock’s book Your Brain at Work will help you understand why your brain feels taxed and what you should do to take full advantage of your mental resources. In the following excerpt, three common problems we all face in a work setting are outlined, with the solutions the book has to offer.