Should You Trust Logic and Data or Gut Feelings to Make Decisions?

By Ray Williams June 23, 2021 Does the amount and reliability of information prompt you to make a decision solely on logic and rationality, or does gut feeling still play a part? Are gut feelings just physical or emotional? These questions have been a subject of...
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What Does It Mean to be a Father Today?

By Ray Williams June 20, 202   Father’s Day provides an opportunity to reflect on the importance and state of fatherhood in our society, and assess how far we’ve come in valuing that critical parenting role.In Western countries, particularly the U.S.,...
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Why Self-Criticism Doesn’t Help You Improve

By Ray Williams June 18, 2021 Have you ever had this conversation with yourself, or heard someone else talk this way: “I’ll never get that promotion/job.” “I screwed up again.” “My work wasn’t good enough.” “ Ishould/shouldn’t have…”(fill in the blanks). These are...
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Why We Need Mindful Leaders

By Ray Williams June 15, 2021 Mindfulness practices have moved into the workplace and become a key leadership and organizational development strategy. Mindfulness has developed through thousands of years of cultural evolution as an antidote to the natural habits of...
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Why GDP is Not a Good Measure of Economic Health

By Ray Williams June 13, 2021   What GDP is and What it Isn’t  GDP or Gross Domestic Product has been referred to by governments, economists and financial institutions as the standard measurement of a country’s economic well-being. However, many experts and...
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How a “Nudge” Can Change Behaviour

By Ray Williams, February 23, 2021   In spite of many good intentions, we often give in to temptation. There are so many choices to make each daythat many of them are made on autopilot. We often rely on easy rules of thumb rather than consciously weighing up the... read more

Did President Trump Want to be a Dictator?

By Ray Williams November 30, 2020   Part 2 of the Article: Are Americans Becoming More Authoritarian Under An Autocratic President? Many observers have argued that America was slipping into an autocratic state under President Trump, and his current efforts to... read more

Why The Best Leaders View Vulnerability as a Strength

Why The Best Leaders View Vulnerability as a Strength By Ray Williams, April 20, 2019 There is compelling evidence that leaders who are prepared to show their vulnerability more easily gain the trust of others, and are, in fact, more effective leaders. Admitting our... read more

How Neuroscience Can Make Better Leaders

By Ray Williams, February 6, 2019     Leaders today must understand and apply the knowledge of neuroscience to manage organizational change successfully. In the past, efforts at organizational change which have focused on the structural aspects of... read more

Have We Lost the Need For Physical Touch?

Has our hi-tech, media-socialized world lost something critical to our species—non-sexual human physical touch? Hasn’t human physical contact set us apart from other animals, and has helped us develop complex language, culture, thinking and emotional expression?

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Why We Procrastinate and What to do About It

Most of us have procrastinated about something at some time, and that is not abnormal. In contrast, habitual procrastinators repeatedly avoid doing things—particularly difficult things—and actively look for distractions. According to research from the American... read more