Guest Speaker For Episode #139 Paul Zak
Today we will be speaking with Paul Zak about neuroscience, human connection, human happiness and effective teamwork! We will also be touching on how women release more oxytocin than men do and how we have leadership benefits!
Paul’s two decades of research have taken him from the Pentagon to Fortune 50 boardrooms to the rain forest of Papua New Guinea. All this in a quest to understand the neuroscience of human connection, human happiness, and effective teamwork. His academic lab and companies he has started develop and deploy neuroscience technologies to solve real problems faced by real people.
His latest book, Trust Factor: The Science of Creating High-Performance Companies, uses neuroscience to measure and manage organizational cultures to inspire teamwork and accelerate business outcomes. His 2012 book, The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity, recounted his unlikely discovery of the neurochemical oxytocin as the key driver of trust, love, and morality that distinguish our humanity. In another obsession, Paul’s group uses neuroscience to quantify the impact of movies, advertising, stories, and consumer experiences. Along the way, he has helped start several transdisciplinary fields, including neuroeconomics, neuro-management, and neuromarketing.
Here are his specs: 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. You can check out his academic lab, consumer neuroscience company, and neuro-management company. He also serves as a senior advisor to Finsbury, a global leader in strategic communications that advises many of the world’s most successful companies.
Paul’s research on oxytocin and relationships has earned him the nickname “Dr. Love.” That’s cool. He’s all about adding more love to the world.
TOP POINTS FROM THE EPISODE:
- Oxytocin a chemical in the brain made by all mammals.
- The brain makes oxytocin when they recognized something that’s safe or familiar.
- Oxytocin is released when we feel trust.
- Makes us more sensitive more empathetic.
- Brain Hack:
- How do we organize ourselves to induce others with oxytocin!
- Women release more oxytocin than men do! So women have some leadership benefits!
- Slow down interaction with others. Identify emotions instead of the traditional “how are you?”
- The brain is a learning organ, when we create oxytocin it trains us to release more when we’re in more relationships.We can get better and better with people around us!
- Practice kindness, touch releases oxytocin, be open. You can accelerate the relationship! Focus on social relationships.
- Technology can release oxytocin! However, Social media takes out a lot of the cues for the brain to release oxytocin.
RECOMMENDED BOOK: The Experience Economy by B. Joseph Pine II, James H. Gilmore
YOUR #1 VALUE: Integrity!
GOLD NUGGET: For every interaction I have I increase the amount of love in the world. Love others!
WHAT DOES RISE UP FOR YOU MEAN TO YOU? Putting yourself first, however, you can’t do it alone you have to bring others with you!
STAY CONNECTED: Ofactor.com, pauljzak.com, twitter: pauljzak, email@example.com
Don’t forget to check out Paul’s new book; Trust Factor: The Science of Creating High-Performance Companies