The Ancient Molecule You Can Use To Unlock Peak Performance with Dr. Paul Zak

In this episode we discuss the groundbreaking research behind the ancient molecule that fuels peak performance, the foundations of neuroeconomics, how our brains react during social interactions, we examine how our brains are designed to connect and built to work cooperatively, we dig into the power of oxytocin and how you can increase it in your life, and much more with Dr. Paul Zak.
 Dr. Paul Zak is founding Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies and Professor of Economics, Psychology, and Management at Claremont Graduate University. He was also among the team of scientists who were the first to use brain imaging to identify the role of oxytocin as a key driver of trust, love, and morality that distinguish our humanity. Paul is the author of the new book Trust Factor: The Science of Creating High-Performance Companies and has appeared on ABC World News, CNN, Fox Business, and more.

Paul founded the field of Neuroeconomics - what is that?

How are humans able to interact with total strangers when that is impossible in the animal kingdom?

How do our brains balance the risks of meeting a stranger vs the benefits of increased social influence?

Our brains live in this soup of chemicals, none of which we are aware of consciously

How Paul’s groundbreaking research transformed what scientists thought about the production of oxytocin and how humans build trust 

Oxytocin is an on/off switch

Paul challenges the listeners to a fight! 

Our brains naturally help us adapt to the environment we are in

How do we get people in groups to perform at their highest level

How you can train your brain to release more oxytocin

Learn how to read the emotional state of the people around you

How “listening with your eyes” can help boost your oxytocin and help you become more in sync with people

The “evil trick” you can use to get tons of information when you meet someone (it’s NOT what you expect!)

Our brains are designed to connect, we want to be connected. We are naturally open to touch. Our brains are built to work cooperatively. 

Strategies you can use in your daily life to increase your oxytocin 

How companies can measure and manage their culture for high trust and high performance

The 8 key building blocks leaders can use to build trust and improve high performance

Paul focuses on measuring brain activity and use that to solve real problems that humans have.

The neuroscience firmly demonstrates the power and vital importance of sleep 

How you can implement concrete changes to get the biggest bang for your buck in building a culture of high performance

We trust people more who are their real, vulnerable, natural selves

Why you should replace “how was your weekend” with “hey you look really <insert emotion on their face>” to build deeper relationships

Almost no human can survive on their own - we only survive in groups - we must understand how to engage the groups that we are constantly around

Science predicts, and data strongly supports, that people want to be and enjoy being part of high performance groups

Why isn’t work an adventure? How can we make a work an adventure

Connecting, touching, giving a gift - give the gift of connection, empowerment, love, to someone around you

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