Keynote Topics

Keynote Topics

The New Psychology of Fraud

*NEW*  This story-based audience favorite and will disrupt everything you thought you knew about fraud, including which tools are effective for detection and deterrence.  Attendees will learn why many of our assumptions are flawed, why some of the most trusted investigative practices actually lead us off-course, 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 Toby’s first-hand accounts 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 New Psychology of Fraud

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Metathinking: The Future of Critical Thinking

*NEW*    Metathinking is a game-changing approach to critical thinking for all decision makers. The Metathinking approach developed by Dr. Groves spurs a dynamic analysis of our own reasoning processes, exposing hidden factors that influence our thinking, boosting the quality of higher-order thinking and problem solving for individuals and teams.  The audience will be taught to recognize assumptions that corrupt their reasoning processes and methods that unveil subconscious associations that shape their interpretations.  The session will introduce new ways to interact with evolving cognitive technologies and artificial intelligence.  Attendees will leave the session with new abilities to tap cognitive networks that allow them to discover defining issues, solve complex problems and make decisions with clarity and confidence.   >>See full outline PDF here ->> Metathinking: The Future of Critical Thinking

The New Psychology of Professional Skepticism

*NEW*  The complexity of the data environment has outgrown old and superficial approaches to professional skepticism.  In this session, Dr. Groves teaches a radically different and more effective method of skeptical judgment.  Attendees will experience fascinating demonstrations, interactive exercises, and learn about the invisible influences that impact professional judgment.  They will learn the importance of matching their judgment approach to situational characteristics, organizational culture and context.  The session will teach ways to adapt to changing situations and how to recognize hidden assumptions.  >>See full outline PDF here ->> The New Psychology of Professional Skepticism

The Power of Mindset: It’s All in Your Head

*NEW*  The power to retool or reinvent during times of transformation starts with mindset. This talk teaches a powerful new method of understanding how our thinking really works and how to use the power of mindset to adapt and learn.  Audiences will learn the differences between a flexible and a fixed mindset and how seemingly small differences in mindset shape all of our interpretations, decisions, and behaviors.  Attendees will learn new approaches that will help them see different perspectives and adapt to high stakes situations.  They will hear ways to use counterintuitive learning processes to succeed in fast-changing and uncertain environments.  >>See full outline PDF here ->> The Power of Mindset: It’s All in Your Head

Beyond the Code: Ethics in The New World of AI

*NEW*  Cognitive technologies have profoundly changed the way we mine data, conduct analyses and communicate information.  Technology has distanced us from the context of information, and from other people.  But proximity helps us recognize the ethical component of issues.  If ethics is driven by empathy and our connection with others, how can we achieve it in a world of algorithms and rules? Find out in this session. >>See full outline PDF here ->> Beyond the Code: Ethics in The New World of AI 


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

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

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