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Chris Weller

Senior Science Editor NeuroLeadership Institute

As a senior science editor at the NeuroLeadership Institute, Chris Weller creates a broad range of content to showcase how neuroleadership is transforming the ways leaders strengthen their organization’s culture, drive performance, and promote diversity and inclusion. He also manages the company blog, Your Brain At Work, and generates NLI thought leadership pieces for outlets such as Harvard Business Review, Strategy+Business, Quartz, and Fast Company. He is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, an avid triathlete, and a crossword puzzle aficionado.

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The 3 Core Habits of Every Business Transformation

Transformation is on just about every leader's mind, but not every organization is equipped to handle major change. Science can help.
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The 5 Biggest Biases That Affect Decision-Making

If you have a brain, you're biased. The SEEDS Model® organizes five kinds of unconscious bias that affect decision-making the most.
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The 3 Traits All Quality Conversations Have in Common

Scientific research suggests there are three key habits around quality conversations that leaders can build to improve employee engagement and retention.
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Modern Distractions Could Be Preventing Your Employees’ Next Big Idea

Emails, texts, chats, and spur-of-the-moment conversations are all common distractions at work. Research suggests it's hurting organizations' bottom lines.
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Here’s Why Bias and Inclusion Are Fundamentally Different

Bias and inclusion may appear together in D&I conversations, but from a scientific standpoint, they are undeniably different.
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Having More Eureka Moments Is About What You Don’t Do

Insights, those eureka moments where you suddenly see the world totally different, don’t happen when most people may expect them.
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4 Reasons Why Identity Diversity Matters

A great deal of research makes it clear that identity diversity matters just as much as cognitive diversity in creating effective teams.
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Transformation Isn’t What You Think It Is

Conventional wisdom says leaders must prepare for specific change events. The reality is change is constant, so adaptability is key.
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How Quiet Voices Help Defeat Groupthink

Groupthink bubbles up when dissenting voices keep quiet. Leaders can improve group decision-making when they work to raise those quiet voices.
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Here’s What Growth Mindset Can Really Do for Organizations

NLI's research has identified three key business reasons for organizations to start seriously trying to adopt a growth mindset.
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3 Ways to Know If You’re Being Doomed by Groupthink

Groupthink isn't invisible. If leaders know how to spot groupthink in their team meetings, they can take concrete steps to make sure it doesn't crop up.
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CASE STUDY: HP Embraces Growth Mindset and Kickstarts Culture Change

With a continued focus on growth and key leadership principles, HP has managed to dominate its market and see huge gains in engagement.
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Every Meeting Starts With an Unstated Goal — and It Leads to Bad Decisions

What causes groupthink? One major factor is the tendency people have in meetings to rush toward consensus, just so the meeting can end earlier.
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How Microsoft Changed Its Culture by Going Simple

Exhaustive lists of leadership principles burden the brain, making them hard to remember and nearly impossible to weave into the larger culture.
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Why Do Smart, Well-Meaning Teams Make Bad Decisions? Groupthink

Groupthink is what happens when team members stop thinking independently, don't speak up, and race toward consensus. But leaders can still avoid it.
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How to Get Your Employees Speaking Up More

Whether someone speaks up at work or keeps quiet often comes down to their sense of social threat or reward, which leaders play a crucial role in creating.
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CASE STUDY: Nokia Turns Two Cultures into One

A focus on growth mindset and building unity through conversations and bias mitigation have helped Nokia create lasting culture change.
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So You Want Psychological Safety — to Do What?

Organizations can use psychological safety to solve any number of problems, but it won’t solve them on its own. Instead, leaders need to get specific.
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There’s a Scientific Reason Thinking About the Future Is So Hard

Our brains crave certainty and loathe uncertainty, both of which make thinking about even the near future extremely difficult.
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The Science of Learning Explains the Missteps of Growth Mindset

Research shows some leaders take growth mindset and run in all sorts of directions with it. To understand why, we can look to the science of learning.
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CASE STUDY: Splunk, a Global Tech Company, Learns to ‘Break Bias’

At NLI, we like to say “If you have a brain, you’re biased.” Ever since November 2017, the technology company Splunk has taken that insight to heart.
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Culture Change Isn’t a Mystery If Leaders Follow the Science

Changing a culture can feel like just about the toughest job a leader has. It’s hard enough getting yourself to act differently — how could…
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Why Growth Mindset Is Crucial to Inclusion

Leaders typically think of growth mindset in terms of performance, personal growth, career development, and skills improvement. But the concept also can be crucial to…
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How to Use Growth Mindset So Progress and Results Can Coexist

Across all of our industry research into growth mindset, one question keeps popping up for leaders: If we’re so focused on growth, can we still…
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NLI GUIDE DOWNLOAD: “How Culture Change Really Happens”

Leaders are constantly wondering how to create or strengthen their culture. So as part of its ongoing NLI Guide series, the NeuroLeadership Institute has released…
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Want to Reduce Harassment? Make Employees Better Bystanders

The key to addressing toxic behavior might be the third person in the room. A new study of more than 6,000 college students suggests a…
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How to Implement Growth Mindset Still Mystifies Leaders, New Survey Reveals

Just because leaders have made growth a near universal priority, doesn’t mean that they necessarily know how to implement growth mindset. New data from the…
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How Microsoft Overhauled Its Approach to Growth Mindset

As Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has put it, leaders should be striving for an organization full of "learn-it-alls," not "know-it-alls."
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If You Want Employees to Speak Up, Start by Minimizing Threat

If leaders can make their organization a psychologically safe place to speak up, they can tap into a wellspring of new ideas from otherwise quiet folks.
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Growth Mindset Is Essential If Leaders Hope to Adapt to the AI Revolution

Growth mindset, the research indicates, can help leaders adapt to the automation of labor and other forms of the AI revolution.
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Build Efficient Teams by Practicing ‘Thoughtful Exclusion’

Jam-packed meetings and overflowing project teams don’t do anyone any favors. They cause delays, create confusion, and generally make organizations less effective. At the NeuroLeadership…
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The Truth Is No One ‘Has’ a Fixed or Growth Mindset

It’s easy to get overly conclusive when talking about growth mindset, or the belief that abilities can be improved over time. We may say, “Oh,…
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The 6 Business Reasons Organizations Look to Adopt Growth Mindset

Change is the only constant, the old adage goes, which might explain why today’s organizations are so focused on adaptation. After spending several months interviewing…
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4 Science-Backed Management Habits That Can Improve Performance

Becoming a manager — or moving up the management ranks — can be a daunting task. Industry research indicates that 44% of managers feel unprepared…
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We Talked to 20 Orgs About Growth Mindset — Here Are Our 7 Biggest Findings

In-depth interviews with organizations about growth mindset revealed a fascinating collection of goals, use cases, obstacles, and outcomes.
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You’ve Heard of Growth Mindset, but What Is Growth Mindset Culture?

One of the most well-established psychological concepts, growth mindset, has exploded among leadership. But how do you cultivate growth mindset culture?
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How Social Threats Create Toxic Cultures, and What You Can Do About Them

It’s tempting to blame toxic work cultures on an unknowable set of factors, but often the answer is much simpler. In a recent article for…
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Summit Q&A: NYU Psychologist Batia Wiesenfeld On How Adaptive Thinking Drives Better Decisions

Adaptation requires flexibility, both in mind and behavior. Batia Wiesenfeld knows this firsthand. As the Andre J.L. Koo Professor of Management at NYU’s Stern School…
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The Most Profound Way to Create Growth Mindset

Leaders naturally want their employees to bounce back from failures and strive toward improvement — the hallmarks of a growth mindset. But how to cultivate…
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Leaders May Be Sabotaging Their Performance Reviews and Don’t Even Know It

Due to the effects of bias, managers may be conducting performance reviews in such a way that sets employees on unwanted career paths for years.
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The Data Is In: Your Organization Should Be Asking for Feedback

Think back to your last feedback conversation at work — how did it go? Chances are, you and your partner felt uneasy, maybe even threatened. The…
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The All-Too-Real Dangers of Over-Inclusion

Everyone knows the pain of feeling left out, but fewer discuss the dread of needlessly being left in. This is what we at the NeuroLeadership Institute call over-inclusion,…
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Here’s Why Inclusion Unlocks the Power Of Diversity

Diversity without inclusion can lead to a revolving door of talent, which means leaders should focus on uniting teams around shared goals.
Culture

The Hidden Leverage of Feedback

Feedback is essential for organizational (and organismal) growth, but what’s the best way to give it? Typical feedback conversations are painful and extremely stress-producing. Managers…
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Microsoft GM of Worldwide Learning Says Neuroscience Is the Future in Companies

Chris Pirie isn’t putting the future of organizational learning in the hands of gut feelings. He’s relying on hard brain science. In a recent interview…
Diversity and Inclusion

The Smartest Teams Embrace the ‘Diversity Paradox’

Business leaders can learn a lot about diversity from college kids solving fake murders. It was 2009. Northwestern University researchers had just given groups of…
Culture

What Pilots and Nurses Can Teach Organizations About Decision-Making

If leaders want to make the best decisions possible, it’s critical for their employees to feel confident about voicing opinions that challenge the status quo…
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The Surprising Role of Shared Language in Inclusion

A recent Wall Street Journal article put Google’s diversity struggles on full display: Googlers of all ideologies and political leanings are finding it difficult to…
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