Today we’re speaking with Paul Zak, a field-defining thinker in neuroscience and repeat guest on the show. Paul has created waves throughout his career, first with his fascinating research on oxytocin and its effects on the relationships, trust, and morality that make us human. His latest book, Trust Factor: The Science of Creating High Performance Companies, uses neuroscience and practical actions to help you measure and manage your organizational culture to inspire teamwork and accelerate business outcomes.
Paul is the founding Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies and Professor of Economics, Psychology and Management at Claremont Graduate University. He has degrees in mathematics and economics from San Diego State University, a Ph.D. in economics from University of Pennsylvania, and post-doctoral training in neuroimaging from Harvard. Paul’s research on oxytocin and relationships has also earned him the nickname “Dr. Love.”
Paul and I discuss the deceptively simple question underlying his new research: why do people show up at work? Paul shares how his research has revealed the importance of trust in productive organizational cultures, and how he’s applied his findings to help companies become more innovative and collaborative.
Paul is an outstanding researcher and communicator of ideas, and his work could really transform your organization from the inside out. Don’t miss this!
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On Today’s Episode We’ll Learn:
- Whether your dog or cat loves you more, and how oxytocin affects our bonds with animals and humans alike.
- Why high-performing companies have high levels of trust embedded in company culture.
- The positive professional and personal effects of a high-trust work environment.
- Why you should change your company culture incrementally rather than attempt to overhaul it overnight.
- The two types of reactions companies often have when being told they need to improve trust within their organization.
Key Resources for Paul Zak:
- Connect with Paul: Website | Twitter | ZestXLabs
- Amazon: Trust Factor: The Science of Creating High Performance Companies
- Kindle: Trust Factor: The Science of Creating High Performance Companies
- Paperback: The Moral Molecule
- Kindle: The Moral Molecule
- How bringing your dog to the office could BOOST productivity
- Dogs Love Their Owners 5 Times More Than Cats Do, Study Reveals
- Video: Cat Friend vs. Dog Friend: If Humans Were Pets
- Claremont Graduate University
- Peter F. Drucker
- John Helliwell
- Tony Hsieh of Zappos
- Chris Roofer of Morning Star
- Goldman Sachs University
- TED Talk: “Trust, morality — and oxytocin?” From TED Global 2011
- Wendy Hoffman
- Jonathan Rubin, PhD
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