How Justification and Mindset are Related

I got interested in how justification and mindset are related after learning about the power of justification to manage the mindset of a negotiation counterpart. The role of justification in negotiation was explored in my podcast interview with Dr. Margaret Neale (, Professor of Management at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and author of…

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Competition as a Strategy to Engage Others

Competition as an Engagement Strategy

Because there are both benefits and trappings for competition, leaders need to be wary of using competition as a strategy to engage others. Sometimes competition engages others and sometimes not. There are times when competition can breed high engagement and excellence. I remember my husband and me deciding to enter a workplace photo competition –…

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Making Science Engaging

Make Science Engaging

A responsibility of scientists and technologists of all ages is to help society make good decisions today for tomorrow.  One way to practice this responsibility is making science engaging to decision-makers. Making science engaging means communicating in an effective way. The purpose of communication is action. The action is what the communicator wants or needs…

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How Better Beliefs Make Cognitive Biases Your Friend

How Better Beliefs Make Biases Your Friend

How do better beliefs make cognitive biases your friend? Misunderstood cognitive biases reveal poor beliefs that limit performance. Three simple steps can be followed to improve performance. The first step is to uncover the faulty belief behind the misunderstood cognitive bias. The second step is to replace the faulty belief with a new belief that…

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026 – How to Avoid Disastrous Consequences in Technical Organizations

Communication Problem

In this episode, Jill Schiefelbein, President of The Dynamic Communicator and author of Dynamic Communication: 27 Strategies to Grow, Lead, and Manage Your Business, talks about powerful ways for technical professionals to avoid some of the most common traps of poor communication in the workplace. Jill provides several science-based communication tips and even an example…

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025 – How to Improve Rapport with NLP

Improve Rapport with NLP

In this episode, Dr. Nancy Mramor Kajuth, author of two award-winning books and President of Transformedia LLC, talks about the power of NLP or neurolingistics programming to improve interactions with others in the workplace. Dr. Mramor talks about several different science-based techniques from neurolinguistics programming to build rapport with another person. == Subscribe to the…

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024 – How to Increase the Emotional Intelligence of a Team

Team Emotional Intelligence

In this episode, Dr. Vanessa Druskat, Associate Professor of Management at University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics, talks about why emotional intelligence is important to team performance. Dr. Druskat also talks about the three, universal social needs that must be addressed in team settings and provides examples of ways to be…

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023 – How to Be an Inclusive Leader

Inclusive Leader

In this episode, Lauren Leader-Chivee, an activist, expert, and advisor on diversity and women’s issues and author of “Crossing the Thinnest Line: How Embracing Diversity – from the Office to the Oscars – Makes America Stronger,” talks about why and how American diversity is its best and most underleveraged asset. Ms. Leader-Chivee also talks about…

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022 – How Women Can Be Better Negotiators

How Women Can Be Better Negotiators

In this episode, Dr. Linda Babcock, the James M. Walton Professor of Economics and Professor of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, talks about the factors that help close the performance gap between women and men when it comes to negotiation. Dr. Babcock shares her research findings on interventions that help level the…

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