Your Brain at Work

Your Brain at Work

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In organizations around the world, leaders are facing a deluge of urgent issues: a crisis in employee engagement, the need to make workforces more diverse, and the challenge of making workplaces feel human in an era of increasing dependence on technology and remote communication. At the NeuroLeadership Institute, we believe brain science can help provide solutions. Join us on Your Brain At Work, the official podcast of the NeuroLeadership Institute — where top researchers and thought leaders share breakthroughs in brain science and industry leaders reveal the strategies behind their success. By helping them understand how the brain works, we equip leaders with the tools to transform their organizations — building new habits and changing how people work, communicate, and make decisions. Combining research and practice, brain science and business leadership, Your Brain at Work explores how insights from the lab can provide solutions that work across industries and at any scale. Season 1 guests include broad


The Mindset Organizations Need Right Now with Ford and Comcast
May 28 • 45 min
Shawna Erdmann, SVP of Learning at Comcast, and Melanie Davis, CLO at Ford, work for companies that have embraced growth mindset over the past few months, shifting from one set of expectations and roles, into brand-new operations. Their stories show how…
Learning to Lead Better with Gilead and Merck
May 21 • 44 min
Jyoti Mehra, CHRO of Gilead Sciences, and Doug Shupinski, Head of Leadership Development at Merck are today’s guests. The discussion focuses on how Gilead is creating a culture of empathy, through leadership forums and developing a common language, and…
Look Forward to the Future with Bob Johansen and Amy Edmondson
May 14 • 46 min
Bob Johansen, distinguished fellow at the Institute for the Future, and Amy Edmondson, Harvard professor and expert on psychological safety discuss what we can do today—for ourselves and for others—so that tomorrow, and the days after that, we’ll all be…
Inclusion Matters More Than Ever with IBM and Gartner
May 7 • 50 min
Brian Kropp, Group Vice President at Gartner, and Deb Bubb, Head of Leadership, Learning, and Inclusion at IBM, discuss the growing importance of inclusive habits at work: respecting people’s capacity to get things done, the challenges of playing multiple…
Netflix and DTE Energy on Leading with Trust and Empathy
Apr 29 • 46 min
Amy Schultz, Director of Organizational Effectiveness & Learning at DTE Energy, and Rebecca Port, VP of Talent at Netflix, represent two essential services during a crisis—perhaps in their own way. In this episode, Amy and Rebecca touch on their approach…
At HP and Patagonia, a Crisis Means People Come First
Apr 22 • 52 min
Tracy Keogh, CHRO at HP, and Dean Carter, Head of Finance, Legal, and HR at Patagonia, are dealing with different challenges at their organizations these days. But what you’ll hear from each leader echoes the same point: During a crisis, it’s people—not…
Creating More Human Organizations with Arianna Huffington and Dr. David Rock
Nov 11, 2019 • 24 min
Modern working life is overrun with distractions, obligations, and burnout. Arianna Huffington, author and CEO of Thrive Global, has made it her mission to infuse more humanity into how work gets done. In this week’s episode, Arianna sits down with Dr.…
Create Cultures of Speaking Up with Dr. Mona Weiss and Khalil Smith
Oct 28, 2019 • 18 min
The most dangerous sound in any organization is silence. And yet, for many of us, speaking up is one of the hardest things to do at work. In this week’s episode, Assistant Professor of Management and Diversity at the Free University of Berlin Dr. Mona…
Stop Using D&I to ‘Fix’ Employees with Mastercard CIO Randall Tucker & Khalil Smith
Oct 14, 2019 • 20 min
No one wants to be told they need fixing, and yet this is the impression so many diversity and inclusion programs leave on employees. According to Randall Tucker, Chief Inclusion Officer at Mastercard, the smarter way to gain people’s buy-in is to frame…
Feedback Thrives at Microsoft with Liz Friedman and Dr. Heidi Grant
Sep 30, 2019 • 19 min
It’s among the most heart-stopping questions a person can receive at work: Can I give you some feedback? But research shows it doesn’t have to be so dread-inducing. Done right, feedback can spark transformation. On this week’s episode, LIz Friedman,…
How Do Humans Fit into the Future of Work? With Lynda Gratton and Dr. David Rock
Sep 16, 2019 • 21 min
Lynda Gratton believes the human experience is fundamentally shifting. It’s moving away from the three-stage life of education, career, and retirement, and instead moving into what she calls a “multi-stage life,” whereby people learn, work, and relax over…
Killing Ratings and Making Performance Come Alive with GAP’s Rob Ollander-Krane and Dr. Andrea Derler
Sep 2, 2019 • 21 min
No one likes to feel like a number. And yet, so many organizations use rigid, ratings-based approaches for tracking employees’ performance. Rob Ollander-Krane, Director of Talent Planning and Performance at Gap Inc., has for years decided to take his…
Inclusion and the Reskilling Revolution, with IBM CLO Deb Bubb and Dr. David Rock
Aug 19, 2019 • 18 min
To help employees learn new skills, IBM knows those people need to feel connected to their work. Which is why for the past few years, Deb Bubb, IBM’s Chief Leadership and Learning Officer, has sought to create more tight-knit communities within the…
Put Storytelling to Work with Soledad O’Brien and Dr. David Rock
Aug 5, 2019 • 20 min
For thousands of years, humans have used storytelling to share their truths and connect with others. And yet, as so many of today’s organizations continue to diversify, leaders still struggle to include a range of perspectives, even for critical…
Can Patagonia Change the World? with CHRO Dean Carter and Dr. David Rock
Aug 5, 2019 • 17 min
Patagonia, the clothing company beloved for its mountain-ready apparel, has for the last few years been embarking on a journey of its own. Rather than simply avoid doing the planet harm, Patagonia wants to regenerate and protect Mother Earth through its…
The Great Learning Transformation at P&G with FD Wilder and Dr. Heidi Grant
Aug 5, 2019 • 24 min
As digitally native retailers like Amazon and Alibaba begin to nibble away at legacy brands’ market share, companies like Procter & Gamble have started rethinking the way they approach new product lines. For FD Wilder, Former Senior Vice President of…
Your Brain at Work (Season 1 Trailer)
Jun 24, 2019 • 1 min
Learn about the Neuroleadership Institute’s podcast, Your Brain at Work.