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Nov 10, 2020

In our significantly disrupted world, can leader overcome extreme challenges in order to bring together stronger teams,  while building a better culture?  In this episode, I speak to David Burkus, best-selling author of four books and one of the world’s leading business thinkers, about healthy work conflict, the impact of our human networks, and what it really takes to build a positive company culture.


One of the world’s leading business thinkers, David Burkus’ forward-thinking ideas and bestselling books are helping leaders and teams do their best work ever.

He is the best-selling author of four books about business and leadership. His books have won multiple awards and have been translated into dozens of languages. His insights on leadership and teamwork have been featured in the Wall Street JournalHarvard Business ReviewUSATodayFast Company, the Financial TimesBloomberg BusinessWeekCNN, the BBCNPR, and CBS This Morning. Since 2017, Burkus has been ranked as one of the world’s top business thought leaders by Thinkers50. As a sought-after international speaker, his TED Talk has been viewed over 2 million times. He’s worked with leaders from organizations across all industries including Google, Stryker, Fidelity, Viacom, and even the US Naval Academy.

A former business school professor, David Burkus holds a master’s degree in organizational psychology from the University of Oklahoma, and a doctorate in strategic leadership from Regent University.

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Significant rise in mental health issues reported during the pandemic:


Research from Artis International, a group that studies international terrorists


Muzafir Sherif and the Robber's Cave experiment (realistic group conflict theory)


Ray Dalio's TED Talk discussing Radical Transpaency


The 1856 savage beating of Senator Charles Sumner on the floor of Congress:

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