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The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety: Defining the Path to Inclusion and Innovation

The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety: Defining the Path to Inclusion and Innovation

There are no silver bullets – and even if there were, it wouldn’t be very safe to shoot them. The path to developing psychological safety isn’t easy, but Timothy Clark offers some practical steps and advice on how to build psychological safety in The 4 Stag...
99 Ways to Influence Change

99 Ways to Influence Change

Many people that write about change write as if you've already got the support of executive leadership and that it's just a matter of learning how to execute. It's as if the whole buy-in problem has been solved already. Heather Stagl doesn't write from...
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other

Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other

In a world where we’re more connected how can we be more alone? How can we be reachable in nearly every part of the world and feel so separated from our humanity and from each other? The answers aren’t easy nor are they straightforward. It turns out tha...
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

The relationship between our mind and our body is an ever-evolving story. We continue to learn how our mind and our bodies are inextricably linked. In The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma , Bessel van der Kolk walks ...
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

There aren’t many members in the moral leaders club. For that reason alone, when two moral leaders – The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu – gather to share deep discussions of morality and, in this case, joy, it’s worth investigating. The Book of ...
Bowling Alone

Bowling Alone

Picking up a 14-year-old book on social trends seems like a foolish thing to do in the world of the Intranet. It seems like with each new month that passes there’s a new definition of social at Internet speed – however, social is, as my friend Eric Shup...
Childhood and Society

Childhood and Society

When I started reading Childhood and Society , it was to learn more about Erikson's stages of psychosocial development. I wanted to learn more about how children develop and the stages that they must go through to become an adult – at least according t...
The Dalai Lama’s Big Book of Happiness: How to Live in Freedom, Compassion, and Love

The Dalai Lama’s Big Book of Happiness: How to Live in Freedom, Compassion, and Love

I’ve made it no secret that I am a Christian. I’ve also made it no secret that I’m interested in learning more about other religions and other great thinkers no matter what religion they practice. I picked up The Dalai Lama’s Big Book of Happiness: How to L...
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transform the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transform the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

I’ve been working on a post which connects trust, vulnerability, and intimacy for weeks and weeks now. The post is in and of itself pretty long because it’s tying together a bunch of concepts and connecting dots from lots of books – trying to piece toget...
The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies

The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies

In America, we’re supposed to appreciate the value of diversity, but this runs in conflict to the way that we actually behave. We associate only with people who are like us. We fill our organizations with people who are like us, because we’re more com...
Emotion and Adaptation

Emotion and Adaptation

Everyone feels emotions. Even those who seek to suppress their emotions through stuffing or addiction still feel them. However, most of the time, we don’t consider how our emotions come to be or how they’re threaded through our evolution. Shining a l...
Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success

Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success

Nice guys finish last – or do they? This is at the heart of Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success . If you study people and sort them into categories of the most giving and those that are trying to wring out the very last ounce that l...
The Grief Recovery Handbook

The Grief Recovery Handbook

I didn't come to reading The Grief Recovery Handbook through a recent or traumatic loss. I came to it because I have stated that all change involves loss. One of the arguments I received referred to a post that in turn referred to The Grief Recovery...
The Happiness Hypothesis

The Happiness Hypothesis

When I was reading Switch  I was introduced to the metaphor of the elephant, the rider, and the path for thinking about how to motivate people (including ourselves) but the book referenced The Happiness Hypothesis  as the origin of this model. Despite the...
The Heart and Soul of Change: Delivering What Works in Therapy

The Heart and Soul of Change: Delivering What Works in Therapy

I’ll be the first to admit that my reading list isn’t always the most mainstream. I can’t tell you how few people would find a book on effectiveness in psychotherapy interesting – but I know that it’s possible I’m in the minority here. However, I’...
The Hope Circuit: A Psychologist’s Journey from Helplessness to Optimism

The Hope Circuit: A Psychologist’s Journey from Helplessness to Optimism

Martin Seligman is the father of positive psychology. In The Hope Circuit: A Psychologist’s Journey from Helplessness to Optimism , he chronicles his life and the life of positive psychology. While I’m not generally prone to reading biographies or a...
How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

What makes a child successful in life? In my review of Emotional Intelligence  I mentioned that tests of emotional intelligence were generally more indicative of long term success than measures of intelligence. However, emotional intelligence – as it ...
How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain

How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain

It’s sort of like sausage-making. You know what emotions are, but you’re not sure you want to know what goes in them. How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain  takes you through the journey where emotions aren’t consistent across cultures – or ev...
The Marshmallow Test: Why Self Control Is the Engine of Success

The Marshmallow Test: Why Self Control Is the Engine of Success

It was a wintery night, and I found myself in the emergency room with my son. I was madder than I remember ever being. I felt like someone who was supposed to protect him had failed him. They had failed to do what they knew would keep him safe and were...
Mindreading

Mindreading

Mindreading  – it’s the stuff of comic books and science fiction. At the same time, Dr. Paul Ekman struggles with the implications of his discovery of micro-expressions and the emotions they reveal (see Nonverbal Messages  and Telling Lies ). All ...
Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change

Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change

While working on a community project to help teens who are struggling with life, I had the pleasure of talking to some real professionals who work with teens every day, and one of them shared one of his techniques for having dialogues with teens in trouble....
Neurodharma: New Science, Ancient Wisdom, and Seven Practices of the Highest Happiness

Neurodharma: New Science, Ancient Wisdom, and Seven Practices of the Highest Happiness

Occasionally, I get the chance to review a book before its release. Such is the case with Rick Hanson’s Neurodharma: New Science, Ancient Wisdom, and Seven Practices of the Highest Happiness . I’ve read some of Rick Hanson’s previous works, including Hardwiring Happine...
Nonverbal Messages: Cracking the Code: My Life’s Pursuit

Nonverbal Messages: Cracking the Code: My Life’s Pursuit

Most of the time, my reviews are roughly linear to my reading. However, this review of Nonverbal Messages: Cracking the Code: My Life’s Pursuit  is different. It’s different because it’s an autobiography written by Dr. Paul Ekman, and in it he refers ...
On Death and Dying

On Death and Dying

When my brother died, I experienced grief in a different way than I had in the past. I was suddenly in a situation that no one should ever have to go through – the death of a sibling. As a part of trying to process that my wife suggested that I read t...
Positive Psychotherapy: Clinician Manual

Positive Psychotherapy: Clinician Manual

I’m not a clinician. I didn’t play one on TV. I didn’t sleep at a Holiday Inn Express last night. However, I did read Positive Psychotherapy: Clinician Manual . It’s a toolbox for counselors and clinical psychiatrists for want to help clients reach th...
The Power of the Other

The Power of the Other

When I found out that Dr. Cloud was releasing a new book, The Power of the Other , I put it at the top of my reading stack. Why? Well, I’ve been a big fan of his work. Having read and reviewed Boundaries , and Changes that Heal , I appreciate Dr. ...
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Terri and I give a talk on conflict de-escalation and resolution with great regularity. One part of that talk is about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and specifically the introversion-extroversion scale. I – from the front of the room – ask the...
Science and Pseudoscience in Clinical Psychology

Science and Pseudoscience in Clinical Psychology

To say that sometimes my reading list slips off into the odd is an understatement. Sometimes I’m reading some really clinical research based books. I’m trying to make sure that I’m really understanding a topic and I realize that I may be reading more ...
The Secret Lives of Adults: Your Seven Key Relationships – and how to make them work

The Secret Lives of Adults: Your Seven Key Relationships – and how to make them work

Who are we really? Are we the person we are when we’re with friends? Or is it that we’re the person we are with family? Or perhaps we’re really expressing our true nature when we’re by ourselves. In The Secret Lives of Adults: Your Seven Key Relation...
The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes Us Human

The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes Us Human

Life is chaos. It’s the million-billion random connections that make life interesting. All art and all science seek to understand us. We try to understand the connections in our own minds that make us, well, us . By understanding ourselves, we will ha...
Telling Lies: Clues to Deceit in the Marketplace, Politics, and Marriage

Telling Lies: Clues to Deceit in the Marketplace, Politics, and Marriage

I’ve been a fan of Paul Ekman’s work for some time now. Telling Lies: Clues to Deceit in the Marketplace, Politics, and Marriage  isn’t the first book of Dr. Ekman’s that I’ve read. I got exposed to his work through Destructive Emotions  and Emotio...
The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption

The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption

Most of the time when I read a book that I have problems with – or that I don’t like most of it – I simply don’t write a review of it. I generally think that there’s little value in telling people what not to buy – it’s a habit I picked up from my da...
Thinking, Fast and Slow

Thinking, Fast and Slow

In Boston at SPTechCon , I had the pleasure of giving the keynote titled “SharePoint Psychology”. After that Jeremy Thake and I were talking about the keynote and he mentioned that to him many of the concepts were familiar. He traced his thoughts back...
The Ultimate Introduction to NLP: How to Build a Successful Life

The Ultimate Introduction to NLP: How to Build a Successful Life

There’s a running joke in the National Speaker’s Association (NSA) . Someone addresses the members and asks if they’ve heard about NLP, and then says, “Wait, of course you’ve heard about NLP: this is the NSA.” In other words, understanding NLP – or, Ne...
Warning: Psychiatry Can Be Hazardous to Your Mental Health

Warning: Psychiatry Can Be Hazardous to Your Mental Health

It’s an odd title for a book. Why would a psychologist title a book Warning: Psychiatry Can Be Hazardous to Your Mental Health ? The answer lies in the belief that drugs are not the answer to all of the mental health problems of the day, and that in...
Why We Do What We Do

Why We Do What We Do

When a book is only available in print form like Why We Do What We Do , it will delay my ability to read it. In my conversion to reading electronically, paper got left behind, such as the case here. However, if you want to get to the root of intrinsic ...
Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers – The Causes and Cures for Stress

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers – The Causes and Cures for Stress

In this final installment of my three-part review of Sapolsky’s book Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers  we walk through the causes of stress and what we can do to “cure” stress by minimizing its impact on us. We started this review with The Physical Impacts of...
Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers – The Physical Impact of Stress

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers – The Physical Impact of Stress

It seems like an odd thing to want to know. Why don’t zebras get ulcers? Is there something magical about zebras like unicorns that protect them from ulcers? As it turns out, it’s more than just zebras that don’t get ulcers: most of the animal kingdom doesn...
Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers – The Psychology and Neurology of Stress

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers – The Psychology and Neurology of Stress

In this three-part review of Sapolsky’s book Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers , we walk through the psychological and neurological differences between humans and zebras – at least some of the ones that are important. We started this review with The Physica...