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Trust Factor: The Science of Creating High-Performance Companies

Redzone Podcast Episode 112: Trust Factor: The Science of Creating High-Performance Companies with Paul Zak

 

Today my guest is Paul Zak, scientist, prolific author and public speaker. Paul is – what I just love, he wrote the book, The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity in 2012, and literally, he discovered oxytocin. Now what is oxytocin? This was a landmark neurochemical that he discovered was the driver of trust, love and morality. That was a key differentiation for our humanity, and so this made him very popular and he’s gotten the nickname Dr. Love. Now, what does this mean for his latest book called, Trust Factor: The Science of Creating High-Performance Companies?

As a scientist, his decades of research have taken him from the Pentagon, to research with the three-letter agencies, to the rain forests of Papua New Guinea – all in the quest to understand the neuroscience of human connection, human happiness and effective teamwork. It’s through his lab and testing that he’s developed and deployed neuroscience technologies to solve real world problems experienced by people, especially in this today’s times of exponential technologies. What I love is that those things that we had a hunch about now, he’s validating through technologies.

Now, what’s this about trust? Because there’s a big thing going on now that this is the most disengaged workforce in a long time. Much of it is because of the lack of trust.

So, what is oxytocin? Experiments have shown that when you have a higher sense of purpose stimulates oxytocin production, as does trust. Trust and purpose, then mutually reinforce each other, providing a mechanism for extended oxytocin release, which produces happiness. So joy on the job comes from doing purpose-driven work with a trusted team.

I could go on and on, but I want to let Dr. Paul Zak do most of the talking related to this. Because I think that for leaders, that this is super important. Leadership now, especially for many of the CIOs and technology and digital transformation leaders, the imperative for leaders today is to create this engagement within their teams and within their people. I’ve had a pattern now with a couple of different podcast interviews talking with people that are top in their field. Here is one of the top scientists in the this field that is talking about how to do this.

One of it is creating this peak immersion. Creating an immersion can be contagious and leaders; of course can’t just bestow immersion on people. Leaders must embody it, they must be plugged into it themselves. This creates this factor, which allows an organization to take on this resonance, which differentiates you and your organization and your teams within the business and within the marketplace.

One of it is creating this peak immersion. Creating an immersion can be contagious and leaders; of course can’t just bestow immersion on people. Leaders must embody it, they must be plugged into it themselves. This creates this factor, which allows an organization to take on this resonance, which differentiates you and your organization and your teams within the business and within the marketplace.

Well, I want to bring you Paul today because Paul is going to give you practical examples, practical tools and really get you thinking about this topic deeply. So with that, I want to introduce you to my conversation with Dr. Paul Zak.

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Self Driving Cars, Parking Garages & Business Disruption

I like this short 4-minute segment with Jason Kasch, CIO at Structural Group. In our conversation, you can hear how Jason is thinking about possible avenues of disruption for his business. In an anticipatory organization, CIOs must be able to foresee potential trends in order to guide and assist with decision making and strategy.

Jason asks some interesting questions that lead off a great discussion. I know you will find these questions very thought provoking for glimpses of your enterprise in the relatively near future.

This is another great conversation with a member of my CIO Innovation Forum community. This group provides an important source for CIOs and IT leaders to get together, communicate, and dive deep into common concerns and challenges they face in their organizations every day. They learn how to flex different muscles in their thinking and recognize leadership and innovation opportunities.

To learn more about innovative defense strategies or in attending a CIO Innovation Forum lunch, email defenseinnovation@redzonetech.net

A full transcript of my conversation with Jason can be found below.

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Human Performance and The Benefits of Sauna

Welcome back to the show, everyone. This is Bill Murphy, your host of the RedZone Podcast. So today’s the title of this episode is ‘Human Performance and the Benefits of Sauna’, in particular Finnish sauna. So how did this start?

A couple of years ago, I had Wim Hof on the show. He trains people on how to elevate their body temperature when they’re immersed in cold water and he always had a sauna off to the side. Now, he has an institute in Norway, and I trained with him in Poland. Wim Hof has talked a lot about the benefits of sauna, relative to cold, it’s called thermogenesis.

I have always wanted to learn more about the benefits of sauna; and there’s been a lot of research on how sauna can help with your cardiovascular system. It can help with a variety of different diseases and with just general health and well being.

So, I asked the leading sauna person in the United States, Glenn Auerbach, to come on the show. I met Glenn in Minnesota when I went to look at a sauna he put together – and that I was planning to purchase.

In Minnesota, it’s quite an ice fishing culture, so it’s not a big step for them to build these really great ice fishing houses. Now, they’ve moved into building these really custom saunas. You can see on Saunatimes, the website that Glenn runs, what people have done with saunas, these outdoor saunas across the country. We get into what the differences are between types of saunas, like Finnish saunas versus your 24-hour fitness type sauna, or an infrared sauna, and what the real differences are there between them. We talked about the kind of ‘sauna culture’ in Minnesota and Finland. We talked about, as I mentioned, the science of it and the psychological benefits in alternating between cold and hot.

We covered a lot of ground in this episode. So, if you’re interested in sauna, and potentially integrating that into your experience and learning more about it, this would be a great episode for you. With that, I want to introduce you to my conversation with Glenn Auerbach.

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What is Your Legacy? How Would You Like to be Remembered?

I love to highlight CIO members from my CIO Innovation Community. In my short conversation sequence with Floyd Matsuda, Chief Information Risk Officer at SDFCU, we discuss the role of a mentor and the impact mentors have had in his life.

Through these stories you will learn how mentors have impacted him as a World Class Technology leader and it will make you think about your own mentors and how you can influence those around you who are looking for role models. I know you will love this because – if you strive to reach your highest potential you will need a mentor who has gone before you.

This is another great conversation with a member of my CIO Innovation Forum community. This group provides an important source for CIOs and IT leaders to get together, communicate, and dive deep into common concerns and challenges they face in their organizations every day. They learn how to flex different muscles in their thinking and recognize leadership and innovation opportunities.

To learn more about innovative defense strategies or in attending a CIO Innovation Forum lunch, email defenseinnovation@redzonetech.net

A full transcript of my conversation with Floyd can be found below.

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The Tried and True Discipline Of Seeing the People – from a Master CIO

Jim DePietro, CIO for Bowman Consulting, and I have known each other for over a decade. In this segment Jim shares the benefits of his approach and how it fosters collaboration, ideas, and critical commonalities and distinctions that help him draw on this knowledge to offer business units a unique perspective that spans all organizational departments.

As you listen to this short clip, I know you will appreciate how Jim’s leadership style creates positive communication channels throughout his organization.

This is another great conversation with a member of my CIO Innovation Forum community. This group provides an important source for CIOs and IT leaders to get together, communicate, and dive deep into common concerns and challenges they face in their organizations every day. They learn how to flex different muscles in their thinking and recognize leadership and innovation opportunities.

A full transcript of my conversation with Jim can be found below:

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