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Think Talk Create: Building Workplaces Fit for Humans
The modern workplace can look like a supremely inhuman place. Data and algorithms drive every decision, and an obsession with profits, shareholder returns, and the bottom line often trump workers’ individual agency and creativity. HR policies seem to be set by unfeeling bureaucrats, and a healthy work-life balance seems impossible. Employees quickly become burned out and purposeless—and business suffers as a result.

How can we return humanity to the workplace? David Brendel, MD, Ph.D. and Ryan Stelzer, co-founders of Strategy of Mind, argue in their new book Think Talk Create: Building Workplaces Fit for Humans, that the answer has been with us for centuries. As ancient as the Socratic dialogue and as modern as the latest research in neurobiology, the discipline of active inquiry gives us a fundamentally different way of conducting human-work interactions. Through moving stories, Dr. Brendel and Mr. Stelzer show us how to think carefully about a challenge or an opportunity, engage in dialogue via open-ended questioning, and collaboratively build a strategy.

Dr. Brendel and Mr. Stelzer will be in conversation with Marianne Bertrand, Ph.D., the Chris P. Dialynas Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and co-director of Chicago Booth’s Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation.

This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and our YouTube channel.

AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of Think Talk Create from FAN's partner bookseller The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Dr. Brendel and Mr. Stelzer that will start immediately after the webinar. Copy and paste this link to purchase the book: https://www.thebookstall.com/event/think-talk-create-building-workplaces-fit-humans-fan-program-david-brendel-md-phd-and-ryan

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Sep 23, 2021 07:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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David Brendel, MD, Ph.D.
Co-founder, Strategy of Mind @https://www.strategyofmind.com/
David Brendel, MD, Ph.D., is the co-founder of Strategy of Mind, an executive coaching, consulting, and leadership development firm rooted in philosophy and psychology. He is the co-author, with Ryan Stelzer, of Think Talk Create: Building Workplaces Fit for Humans. Dr. Brendel is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) of the International Coach Federation (ICF). He has vast experience as an executive coach and leadership trainer across a wide diversity of corporate settings. He is an expert in applying cognitive psychology and leadership techniques in executive coaching and corporate training programs. Dr. Brendel writes about his approach in frequent articles for the Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post, and other publications. He earned an MD from Harvard Medical School and Ph.D. in philosophy from The University of Chicago.
Ryan Stelzer
Co-founder, Strategy of Mind @https://www.strategyofmind.com/
Ryan Stelzer is a management consultant, author, keynote speaker, and entrepreneur headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. He co-founded Strategy of Mind, alongside David Brendel, MD. Ph.D., his co-author of the new book Think Talk Create: Building Workplaces Fit for Humans. Mr. Stelzer has written widely-read articles for leading publications, including The Washington Post, Huffington Post, and LinkedIn Pulse. His first article for LinkedIn Pulse, "Why I Left Management Consulting to Start a Philosophy Company," garnered over 300,000 views in just a few days and was the most popular article on the site upon its release. He also publishes a weekly newsletter for LinkedIn where he writes about building workplaces fit for humans. Mr. Stelzer delivered a TEDx Talk in April 2017 about the journey that led him from pursuing a graduate degree in philosophy, to a position at The White House, to co-founding a global consulting practice.
Marianne Bertrand, Ph.D.
Chris P. Dialynas Professor of Economics at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business @https://faculty.chicagobooth.edu/marianne-bertrand/about-marianne-bertrand
Marianne Bertrand, Ph.D. is the Chris P. Dialynas Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Prof. Bertrand is an applied micro-economist whose research covers the fields of labor economics, corporate finance, political economy and development economics. Her research in these areas has been published widely, including numerous research articles in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Political Economy, the American Economic Review, and the Review of Economic Studies. Prof. Bertrand is a co-director of Chicago Booth’s Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation and the Pritzker Director of the Inclusive Economy Lab at the University of Chicago Urban Labs. She also served as co-editor of the American Economic Review.
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