Dr. Toby Groves is a researcher, speaker, and writer on critical thinking and a transparency advocate.   He performs experiments with professional audiences to reveal hidden influences that drive their decision-making, leading to higher levels of self-awareness that boost critical thinking abilities.  In the past, he was an executive in the financial industry and CPA and now speaks and writes for the blog Metathinking as well as professional and academic journals.

A personal note: The most important things I’ve learned haven’t been from academic pursuits.  They've come from unexpected sources, real-life events, and openness to exploring radically different perspectives.  I've certainly learned more from my failures than from my achievements.  Much of my research is based on profound insights into human reasoning I received from my son Caleb, who battled mental illness most of his life but was gifted in psychology.    My work was inspired by his transparency, extraordinary powers of self reflection and views on neural adaptation and growth mindset.  He traveled with me to many of my events before I lost him to suicide in 2014. 

Loyola Marymount University

KPMG

Deloitte

Credit Suisse Manhattan

American Institute of CPAs

Prudential Financial

Time Warner, New York City

Federal Reserve Bank, San Francisco

Federal Reserve Bank, Minneapolis

Federal Reserve Bank Cleveland

Baker & McKenzie LLP

Louisiana State University

University of Colorado

University of Rochester

University of Texas, Dallas - Fraud Summit

Salisbury University

Institute of Internal Auditors

More than 100 events

ISACA

Information Systems Audit and Control Association

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Dallas, Central Ohio, Chattanooga

Office of the Auditor General

State of Michigan

AGA-Association of Government Accountants

California Department of Motor Vehicles

Dynamic Aviation

SAI Global

All Star Conference-Caesars Palace (IIA)

Teammate User Forum - Wolters Kluwer

GRC Summit New York City

TIAA-CREF

American Title

Old Republic Title

Ohio Society of CPAs

Minnesota Society of CPAs

Maryland Society of CPAs

Illinois Society of CPAs

North Carolina Society of CPAs

Missouri Society of CPAs

Tennessee Society of CPAs

Iowa Society of CPAs

Virginia Society of CPAs

Massachusetts Society of CPAs

Connecticut Society of CPAs

Cardinal Health

Media Financial Management Association

International Factoring Association

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Metathinking with Dr. Toby Groves is about a much deeper self-awareness of our thinking processes.  Challenging blindly-held assumptions and considering radically different perspectives.  The articles come few and far between right now, but worth it when they are released!

Recent articles:

Fact-Checking Malpractice at NPR: Bias Infects an Investigation Before it Starts – A critical look at an investigation undertaken by NPR’s public editor, Elizabeth Jensen, and her article correcting the 2012 story “Psychology of Fraud: Why Good People Do Bad Things.”  Jensen’s article is titled “Fact Checking a Fraud – The First Lie Wasn’t Really the First.”

Social Immune Systems: The Hidden Psychology of High-Stakes Organizational Decisions – Metathinking article – A fascinating look at the science of cultural influences on decision-making.

Perceptions of Paradox: Illusions of Professional Skepticism –   Metathinking article – A very different look at the psychology of professional skepticism.

Scientific Study – The Effects of Dynamic Metacognitive Prompts on Expert Auditor Reasoning Efficacy

So very remarkable

NPR

…his discussion is not only important to auditing and governance but every industry

@StanfordCorpGov

Incredibly fascinating

Ohio Society of CPAs

…mind boggling, and not just to the casual observer

UT Dallas, Naveen Jindal School of Management