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Learn from inspiring innovators who are rethinking life and work in the modern age. Each week, host Gayle Allen discovers how these entrepreneurs, writers, scientists and inventors achieve their most surprising and interesting breakthroughs. Have fun taking a peek into their Curious Minds!

Learn from inspiring innovators who are rethinking life and work in the modern age. Each week, host Gayle Allen discovers how these entrepreneurs, writers, scientists and inventors achieve their most surprising and interesting breakthroughs. Have fun taking a peek into their Curious Minds!
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Learn from inspiring innovators who are rethinking life and work in the modern age. Each week, host Gayle Allen discovers how these entrepreneurs, writers, scientists and inventors achieve their most surprising and interesting breakthroughs. Have fun taking a peek into their Curious Minds!






CM 109: Heidi Grant on the Science of Asking for Help

How do you feel about asking for help? For most of us, asking for help feels uncomfortable, mainly because we expect we’ll be rejected when we ask. Yet there’s a good chance we’re wrong. Heidi Grant, social psychologist and author of the book, Reinforcements: How to Get People to Help You, explains that a lot…


CM 108: Leonard Mlodinow on Unleashing Our Creative Thinking

In times of rapid change, people who can think creatively are invaluable. Leonard Mlodinow, author of the book, Elastic: Flexible Thinking in a Time of Change, calls this type of thinking elastic. It is a bottom up approach that unleashes new ideas, and he believes anyone can employ it, since it is innate to us.…


CM 107: Adam Alter – Are We Addicted to Our Technology?

Tech addictions don’t just happen to certain kinds of people. Increasingly we’re finding they can happen to any of us. In today’s technology-rich world, many of us check our phones obsessively, binge watch television programs and pour over social media. Author and New York University Professor Adam Alter calls this behavioral addiction, an area of…


CM 106: Daniel Cable on Happiness at Work

Unhappiness at work is at an all-time high. While some might blame bad attitudes or a lack of motivation, Daniel Cable offers another perspective. He believes that the routines of the modern workplace are simply out of step with how our brains are wired to explore and experiment. Daniel Cable is Professor of Organizational Behavior…


CM 105: Tali Sharot On How To Change Someone’s Mind

Can facts change someone’s mind? Most times, this approach is a dead end, especially when we try to convince those with top-notch analytical skills. In fact, neuroscience shows that analytical people will tend to use data to find fault with facts they don’t like. If we want to bring someone closer to our way of…


CM 104: Janice Kaplan on Making Your Own Luck

We all know people who seem especially lucky or, in some cases, unlucky. Janice Kaplan wondered whether this was due to random chance or luck overlooked, so she co-authored the book, How Luck Happens: Using the Science of Luck to Transform Work, Love, and Life. In writing the book, she learned how we can tilt…


CM 103: Daniel Coyle on How to Build Amazing Teams

How do we build remarkable teams, the kind that are more than the sum of their parts? Daniel Coyle answers that question in his latest book, The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups. After talking to some of the greatest teams, such as the Navy Seals, IDEO, the San Antonio Spurs, and Pixar,…


CM 102: Morten Hansen On Working Smarter

What sets top workplace performers apart? To answer this question, Morten Hansen, Professor at University of California, Berkeley, studied over 5,000 U.S. corporate employees for his book, Great at Work: How Top Performers Do Less, Work Better, and Achieve More. Through his research, he found that top performers engage in 7 key practices that explain…


CM 101: Idan Ravin on Rethinking Performance

Sometimes an outsider can offer a game-changing take on a tried-and-true process. When it comes to performance, that person is Idan Ravin, author of the bestselling book, The Hoops Whisperer: On the Courts and Inside the Heads of Basketball’s Best Players. Over the course of his career, Idan has worked with athletes like Kobe Bryant,…


CM 100: Jeff Haden on How to Get Motivated

Many of us view motivation as the spark we need to achieve our goals. But Jeff Haden, author of The Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up to Win, explains that it is actually the reverse. To feel motivated, we actually need to take action, that is, to complete at least one small…


CM 099: Sean Young on the Science of Changing Your Life

What is the secret to changing our habits? Too often, we are led to believe that we need to study successful people and then use our willpower to act like they do. But UCLA Medical School Professor, Sean Young, reveals that this approach mainly leads to failure. Instead, Young and his colleagues point us to…


CM 098: Jon Kolko on Igniting Creativity in Organizations

What if you are creative, but your organization is not? Many of us have worked in places that have tried to adopt more creative practices, and we know that it doesn’t always produce the desired results. In fact, if we introduce creativity, it can even seem to backfire. But Jon Kolko has devised a formula…


CM 097: Sam Walker on Creating Outstanding Teams

Do you have the seven qualities of a great leader? As the former sports editor of the Wall Street Journal, Sam Walker chronicled the exploits of some of the most remarkable teams ever assembled. Fascinated by their success, he spent over a decade researching which teams performed best and how they did it. Sam lays…


CM 095: Olivia Cabane and Judah Pollack on Breakthrough Thinking

Breakthroughs can take our work to new and exciting places, yet they rarely happen as often as we’d like. Are there ways to prompt these kinds of moments, so we can create them more often? Olivia Fox Cabane and Judah Pollack tell us how in their book, The Net and the Butterfly: The Art and…


CM 095: Lynda Gratton On The 100-Year Life – Rebroadcast

Are you prepared to live to 100? Research shows that it is becoming the norm, but that few of us are planning for it. Many are surprised to learn that it not only requires rethinking saving and retirement, but also education, jobs, and relationships. To guide us, London Business School Professor and future of work…


CM 094: Emiliana Simon-Thomas On How To Be Happier

We have more control over our happiness than we think. And if we follow the advice of the most cutting-edge happiness researchers, we can help others achieve it, as well. Emiliana Simon-Thomas happens to be one of those researchers. A neuroscientist and Science Director of the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California,…


CM 093: Tasha Eurich on the Science of Self-awareness

95 percent of us think we are self-aware, but only 10 to 15 percent of us actually are. How important is that difference to our well being and happiness? Well, according to Tasha Eurich, self-aware individuals are are better at their jobs, more satisfied with their relationships, raise more mature children, are better students, lead…


CM 092: Barbara Oakley on Learning How to Learn

Most of us can learn anything, if we are taught how. Yet few of us find this to be the case. Why? Because we lack the skills we need to deal with the resistance and frustration we feel when learning difficult topics. Barbara Oakley wants to change that. Author of the book, A Mind for…


CM 091: Seth Stephens-Davidowitz on Big Data as Truth Serum

Do you really know your neighbors or coworkers? To understand human behavior, we need research participants who act and respond truthfully. But that is a tall order when it comes to topics that are embarrassing or even incriminating. Social scientists have found it hard to get honest answers when asked about topics that might reveal…


CM 090: Dan Heath on Creating Moments that Matter

What’s behind the extraordinary experiences that stay with us? Are they as random as we’re led to believe or is there a pattern to them that, if we understood it, would allow us to create them ourselves? In his research, Dan Heath, co-author of the book, The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary…