Why Introverts May Be Better Leaders for Our Times

By Ray Williams December 19, 2019   Our culture, particularly in business and politics, seems to be in love with the charismatic, extravert (also spelled extrovert) leader — the guns blazing, no-holds barred, center-of-attention leader – who is a super...
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How to Stop Being Reactive

By Ray Williams February 3, 2020 How often have you been in a situation when someone else triggers you into an immediate emotional reaction, leaving you feeling out of control or regretful after? Many people at one time or another can remember such a time. You may...
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How Self-Limiting Beliefs Can Sabotage Our Success and Happiness

By Ray Williams January 10, 2020   Many people are feel like failures because they believe success, happiness or fulfillment has evaded them in life. These beliefs are often strongly held and don’t necessarily result from a rigorous examination of logical facts...
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The Ageism Tsunami

By Ray Williams December 12, 2019 Cruel jokes about the elderly are everywhere. We need to face our ageism tsunami and change our attitudes and policies about growing older. If you watch Saturday Night Liveor other TV comedy shows, there’s been an increasing number...
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The Problem with the Self-Help Movement

By Ray Williams, October 19, 2019   In times of doubt and uncertainty, many people turn to self-help books, groups or gurus in search of encouragement, guidance and self-affirmation. The positive self-statements suggested in these books, such as “I am a...
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The Problem with the Self-Help Movement

By Ray Williams, October 19, 2019   In times of doubt and uncertainty, many people turn to self-help books, groups or gurus in search of encouragement, guidance and self-affirmation. The positive self-statements suggested in these books, such as “I am a... 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

The Psychology of First Impressions: Are They Accurate?

By Ray Williams, February 11, 2019   Remember that famous line in the movie Jerry Maguire where Renee Zellweger says to Tom Cruise, “You had me at ‘hello’ “? Or how participants in a speed dating exercise almost instantly assess the likeability... 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

Self-Confidence: Nature or Nurture?

Are you born being self-confident, or do you learn to be that way? This question is the classic nature vs. nurture inquiry. While conventional wisdom has been on the side of nurture, there’s research that indicates some people may be genetically predisposed to be... read more

How Apologies are the Glue That Holds Us Together

    We all want an apology when someone does us wrong. Are the apologies effective? From the person giving the apology, it may be assumed so. From the perspective of the person receiving, it, maybe not. But showing changed behavior may be more convincing.... read more