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Cliff David

Content & Marketing Project Manager

As a Project Manager at the NeuroLeadership Institute, Cliff David helps maintain all the gears, pulleys, and levers of the content generation machine. He supports the creation of thought-provoking, illuminating, and captivating content on the YBAW blog, YBAW podcast, external publications, and internally at NLI. He is an amateur cook, a volunteer coach, and an aspiring bilinguist.

Latest from Cliff David

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The Most Necessary Management Skill of 2021: De-escalation

In the wake of a year of isolation, we’re returning to something close to normal and to being together again in a variety of settings—and that will continue. But as we tentatively resume in-person interactions, we may encounter something unexpected, ...

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The Dangers of Misunderstanding Burnout

Despite widespread and increasing reports of job burnout in the past year, the concept of burnout is often misunderstood or overlooked—to the detriment of both individuals and organizations. Dr. Kamila Sip, the Senior Director of Neuroscience Research at the Neuroleadership ...

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How Lockdown Unexpectedly Made Learning Better

Anyone who's tried to quiet a screaming toddler during a zoom call, or worn a mask for an eight-hour shift knows that we don’t work the same way anymore. Our new normal means employees need new skills and different habits ...

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How to Make, and Win, the Case for Allyship

At the NeuroLeadership Institute, we define allyship as being aware of one’s advantaged position in a specific domain and using it to actively support and include people in less advantaged positions. That could mean advocating for the equitable distribution of ...

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The U.S. is (Tentatively) Going Back to the Office. Let’s Not Mess it Up

With much of the U.S. poised to return to the office in the coming months, organizations are renegotiating how, when, and where their people work. The debate as to the best return-to-work policy is animated by a boon to productivity ...

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Equity Explained: What It Is and How to Create It at Your Organization

Increasingly, equity is finding its way into conversations, organizations, and acronyms across the world. The term DE&I may be new in corporate spaces, but the concept of equity has deep roots, and forward-thinking organizations are beginning to factor it into ...

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The Brain-Based Case for Working Less and Achieving More

It’s a brave employee who makes the case for working less to their manager. It takes an inordinate amount of corporate courage because many managers are wedded to the idea that time spent at your desk is time well spent. ...

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Our Leadership Moonshot: Key Insights to Embrace and Act Upon Now

People started talking about “moonshots” back in 1949. Back then, the phrase quite literally meant to shoot for the moon—with a spacecraft, that is (eg. the Apollo missions). Since then, the term has become shorthand for an audacious vision paired ...

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The 3 Critical Habits of Allyship

We know that a sense of belonging is a strong indicator of performance and well-being, but we know it doesn’t always work out well in organizations: one recent study found that 25% employees didn’t feel like they belonged at their ...

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Looking Back to See Forward: Insights From the Year of COVID

Just over a year into the pandemic that changed just about everything, we’re reflecting on what we learned from the largest natural experiment the working world has ever seen. We’re, unsurprisingly, taking a scientific approach to understanding how the pandemic ...

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Stop, Drop, and Roll: The Unexpected Benefit of Easy Recall

If you could wave a magic wand and make everyone in your organization do three things in a crisis, what would they be? Should they be more adaptable? Be more focused? Work together? Every leader should ask themselves that question. ...

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Regenerative Talent Practices: How to Leave Your Employees Better Than You Found Them

Dirt is one of our most valuable natural resources. It’s the production venue for most food on earth and is one of the most vital natural weapons in the fight against climate change. But right now, the earth’s soil is ...

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One Simple Tweak That Can Make Learning Seven Times More Impactful

What if we told you that one simple tweak to your learning programs could increase their impact by seven hundred percent? And that tweak had negligible effect on cost, and could be done quickly and easily? You probably wouldn't believe ...

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How Leaders Can Curb Anxiety and Increase Performance

As coronavirus cases and deaths spiked around the world, so did an equally pervasive, but less observable ailment—anxiety. The effects of anxiety—reduced productivity and a lack of focus to name just two—have been felt widely among the global workforce, causing ...

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2020 NEUROLEADERSHIP SUMMIT: The Science of Change

This year has given us good reason to rethink the way we do almost everything. We’re rethinking the way we communicate, the way we come together, the way we connect (and disconnect), and, not least of all, the way we ...

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How Focusing on Feedback Can Unlock Better Performance

Each day, there seems to be more challenges, more variables, more controversies, and less time to deal with them all. The world of work is no exception. Individuals, teams, and whole organizations are navigating challenges they couldn’t have predicted a ...

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3 Ways Science Demystifies Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion are at the forefront of every business leaders’ mind today. Current events have placed a glaring spotlight on the pervasive bias in institutions large and small, public and private. Many organizations are now realizing the importance of ...

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3 Ways to Stay Focused During Times of Crisis

Current events, controversies, crises, a global pandemic—it all weighs on us. And the daily cocktail of uncertainty taxes our cognitive abilities to the point of exhaustion. With everything going on, it’s important to remember that we can choose how we ...

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Manage Your Mindset by Understanding These 3 Levels of Threat

Chances are you’re experiencing higher levels of stress and anxiety than normal—and you’re not alone. Organizations and employees across the world are navigating an uncertain landscape and future, and research shows that uncertainty is a stress stimulator. Over time, sustained ...

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11 Years After First Release, ‘Your Brain at Work’ Gets a Modern Refresh

Last week may feel like an eternity ago, so 2009 probably feels like a past life. That’s the year Your Brain at Work by David Rock, NLI’s co-founder and CEO, was first released. But now, 11 years since its initial ...

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You Know the Physical Habits to Stay Healthy—Here Are the Psychological Habits to Stay Focused

When was the last time you heard any one of the following: “Wash your hands,” “Maintain social distancing,” or “Limit travel and interactions”? Most likely, you’ve encountered that advice at least once already today. Public health habits are important to ...

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Practice Allyship and Inclusion to Advance Diversity at the Highest Level

Data show that just 1% of Fortune 500 CEOs are Black; 7.4% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women; and 0.8% of Fortune 500 CEOs are openly LGBTQI+. The numbers speak for themselves, and they tell us that the road to ...

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Leaders, Don’t Be the Friend Who Only Says ‘Happy Birthday’

Recently, our social media feeds have been plastered with companies announcing their support of the Black Lives Matter movement and other racial justice initiatives. Some of those announcements, from companies like Nike and Ben & Jerry’s, have been hailed widely. ...

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Why Marvel Movies Should Inspire Your I&D Strategy

To create real change, organizations should strive to tell one coherent, meaningful story about the value of inclusion and diversity. But, more often than not, organizations roll out a series of loosely related I&D initiatives with different stakeholders, objectives, and ...

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Morningstar Copes with Change, With the Brain in Mind

Given all that's going on, leaders can be forgiven if they're struggling to keep up. Changing processes, changing economic forecasts, changing roles and responsibilities, and changing employee needs can all contribute to a disorienting and overwhelming experience. Now more than ...

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Manage Your Mindset by Understanding These 3 Levels of Threat

Chances are you’re experiencing higher levels of stress and anxiety than normal—and you’re not alone. Organizations and employees across the world are navigating an uncertain landscape and future, and research shows that uncertainty is a stress stimulator. Over time, sustained ...

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WEBINAR: What Science Says Leaders Should Do In Turbulent Times (Live Encore)

The world is in a state of uncertainty. How long this crisis will last, how far-reaching its effects will be, and how organizations and individuals can remain effective in the meantime are all open questions. Last Friday, in a 60-minute ...

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WEBINAR: What Science Says Leaders Should Do In Turbulent Times

In times of turbulence, leadership is more important than ever. Without it, external forces can easily become overwhelming and destabilizing. The coronavirus has brought about more than your typical bout of turbulence, and created a new reality for organizations around ...

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Working Remotely? Make Sure You Don’t Lose Your Connection

Many organizations allow—and now actively encourage, given the coronavirus pandemic—employees to work remotely. But often working remotely can feel like more work than it ought to. So how do we make remote work more brain-friendly, inclusive, and productive as it ...

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How Range Can Help Defeat Groupthink

Groupthink has plagued leaders, corporate and otherwise, since time immemorial. From the Bay of Pigs invasion to the explosion of the Challenger, history is riddled with fiascoes and disasters attributed to this pernicious and pervasive problem. Groupthink is the tendency ...

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What CEOs Can Learn From Head Coaches About Collaboration

This Sunday, 100 million people are expected to watch the Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV. Whether or not you’re a fan of either team, or even football in general, you can tune ...

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Want to Innovate Faster? Help People Speak Up

Innovation is like a mirage, a desired state that’s seemingly always just ahead of you but never quite within reach. (Sometimes it might feel like the only place you’ll find innovation is at the top of your to-do list.) You’re ...

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Build Your Leadership Model Like It’s Your Home

You wouldn’t build a house without a solid foundation and accurate blueprints. If the foundation isn’t set and the blueprints aren’t sound, your house is not going to look, or function, the way you expect. Likewise, you wouldn’t build a ...