Keynote Topics

Keynote Topics

Spark! The Power of Insight

Not very long ago I returned from spending a year on the road, traveling America with my son who had autism as I conducted research with live audiences for a scientific study on professional decision making. Unexpectedly, what I learned from him during that time would not only change the course of my research but how I understood the world. This innovative session takes audiences on a surprising journey into a different world of thinking that will exhilarate their senses and spark powerful insights they can use to radically improve their critical thinking and communication skills. **Note for planners: This session has special technical and audiovisual requirements. >>See full outline PDF here ->> Spark-The Power of Insight

Future Skills: Adapting and Interacting With Cognitive Technologies

Cognitive technologies including artificial intelligence, robotic process automation, natural language processing and speech recognition are transforming our professions. A deeper look reveals how this transformation creates a future full of opportunities for people who possess strong critical thinking and communication skills and know how to interact with evolving technologies. Artificial intelligence has different strengths and commits different types of errors than human decision makers. Understanding these differences allows us to leverage their complementary abilities, identify weaknesses, avoid errors, and achieve the highest order of professional judgment and decision-making power.***Features live demonstrations of cognitive technology*** >>See full outline PDF here ->>. Future Skills- Adapting and Interacting With Cognitive Technologies

Deeper Insights: Seeing What Others Don’t

The increasingly complex environment in which we work requires different ways of thinking to uncover the hidden meaning within multiple, parallel interactions. Deep insight is the ability to discern the inner character of problems, see unlikely connections and recognize complex interactions. This means more than just adopting new procedures, it means letting go of old ones. Insight can be developed through the use of a unique cognitive skillset that we don’t traditionally teach, and very different from conventional logical frameworks. This session will teach methods of achieving insight that will improve learning, allow greater recognition of hidden patterns, transform your perspectives on skepticism and judgment, and dramatically improve clarity of complex information. >>See full outline PDF here ->> Deeper Insights Seeing What Others Dont

The Psychology of Fraud

This session will disrupt everything you thought you knew about fraud and deception including motivations, likely perpetrators, and the most effective methods for detection and deterrence. Attendees will learn why our assumptions are flawed, why seemingly rational investigative practices are misguided, and how auditors, investigators and others unwittingly assist fraud schemes. The session will address topics such as behavioral profiling, psychological assessments and other commonly used industry tools. Scientific research is combined with real-life events of Toby’s own story in this powerful talk that exposes myths and the dangers lurking in our assumptions related to this ever-growing threat. >>See full outline PDF here ->> The Psychology of Fraud

Social Immune Systems: The Hidden Psychology of High-Stakes Organizational Decisions

Unspoken norms have far more influence on organizational culture than written codes, and organizational success has less to do with the knowledge, skills and abilities of its members than the complex patterns of communication within the system. These communication patterns aren’t fully understood through quantifiable methods alone and must be measured in different ways. This session will teach participants the methods they can use to assess organizational culture at a much deeper level and will introduce them to a revolutionary approach to understanding systems and organization-level thinking. >>See full outline PDF here ->> Social Immune Systems- The Hidden Psychology of High Stakes Organizational Decisions

Assuming Responsibility: The Science of Great Leadership

Leaderships skills have never been more important, in all industries and at all levels, whether executive or front-line employee. Organizations succeed in meaningful ways when its individual members have ability to inspire action, build trust, solve complex problems, coordinate effective teams, and resolve contentious conflicts without damaging important relationships. This requires a deep understanding of human motivation, emotional intelligence, and nuances of cultural psychology. This session teaches a powerful model that allows attendees to build their own core leadership skills as well as the psychology of performance and motivation and the social psychology of organizational behavior. >>See full outline PDF here ->> Assuming Responsibility- The Science of Great Leadership

Illusions of Trust: The Psychology of Professional Skepticism

This session is about the surprising psychological science behind the decision processes involved when we interpret different types of evidence. Attendees will participate in fascinating experiments that show them first hand, how invisible influences impact skeptical judgment. They will discover the secret to matching levels of skepticism to evidentiary characteristics, organizational culture and situational context. They will also explore how judgment can be refined by turning the lens of skepticism back on their own thinking processes. >>See full outline PDF here ->> Illusions of Trust The Psychology of Professional Skepticism

Beyond the Code: Ethics In The Real World

This innovative and interactive presentation taps the fields of neuroscience, psychology and even biology to understand the point where science, emotion, and critical thinking interact. Instead of critiquing how our minds are supposed to work, we will delve inside the fascinating world of how our minds actually work when we face difficult dilemmas with competing goals. The audience will experience startling, interactive experiments that reveal how we miss the obvious and how our minds conjure up false perceptions out of thin air. We will review why outdated ethical models centered around rule-based codes have failed and what research indicates does improve individual and organizational ethical reasoning. >>See full outline PDF here ->> Beyond the Code Ethics in The Real World