The Decline of the American Empire

By Ray Williams September 21,2021   The United States has been a powerful leading force for democracy and world order since the Great Depression, but there are clear signs of America’s decline. While many American leaders and the media have repeatedly asserted...
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Framing Action as Being Urgent and in Days Increases Likelihood of Success

By Ray Williams September 18, 2021 If you are starting to plan for college, retirement, buy your first home, or other big goals that may be years ahead of you, you should multiply the years ahead by 365. Measuring time in days instead of months, or months instead of...
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Empathy May Be in the Eye of the Beholder

By Ray Williams September 2, 2021 Empathy is talked about a lot these days. The current pandemic, climate change, economic upheaval, racial strife and a chaotic and divisive political climate in the United States have prompted many people to plead for more empathy and...
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Can the Pursuit of Happiness Make You Unhappy?

By Ray Williams September 6, 2021 We all like to feel happy. But it doesn’t come automatically. It takes time and effort. New research indicates that people who pursue happiness often feel like they do not have enough time and paradoxically this makes them feel...
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Phone Calls Create Stronger Connections Than Texting

By Ray Williams August 16, 202 During the COVID-19 pandemic people have relied on and used online or smartphone devices via email and texting more than ever before, in comparison to in-person meetings and telephone calls. What has been the result of the quality of our...
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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