Training compassion “muscle” may boost brain’s resilience to others’ suffering

By Ray Williams November 27, 2021 It can be distressing to witness the pain of family, friends or even strangers going through a hard time. But what if, just like strengthening a muscle or learning a new hobby, we could train ourselves to be more compassionate and...
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Why We Need More Silence in Our Lives

By Ray Williams November 25, 2021 “Thoughts emerge from the nothingness of silence. Words come out of the void. Your very essence emerged from emptiness. All creativity requires some stillness.” Wayne Dyer Our modern world is a noisy place, particularly in large...
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How Mindfulness Can Build Resilience

By Ray Williams November 22, 2021    “Fall down seven times, get up eight.”—Japanese Proverb     A virus pandemic. Climate change disasters. Racial and ethnic conflicts. Income inequality. Increasing violence and incivility. Democracy in decline. The world...
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Are Introverts Better Leaders Than Extraverts?

By Ray Williams November 16, 2021 Our culture, particularly in business and politics, seems to be in love with the charismatic, extraverted (also spelled extroverted) leader — the guns blazing, no-holds barred, center-of-attention leader – who is a super confident if...
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Non-Apologies Are Spreading Like a Virus

By Ray Williams November 15 2021 On a daily basis now, we see celebrities, politicians and business leaders and heads of state not just refusing to apologize and take responsibility for actions they or their organizations have taken,  but giving non-apologies — the...
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Why Apologies are the Glue That Holds Us Together

By Ray Williams October 3, 202 We probably have all had the experience of an apology. It could be receiving (or hoping to receive) and apology from someone who has said or done something that hurts you in some way, or it is your behavior that prompts you to give (or... read more

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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