Think Talk Create: Building Workplaces Fit for Humans (A FAN Program with David Brendel, MD, Ph.D. and Ryan Stelzer)

We are so happy to support Family Action Network (FAN) as they welcome David Brendel, MD, Ph.D. and Ryan Stelzer, co-authors of the new book, Think Talk Create: Building Workplaces Fit for Humans. Dr. Brendel and Mr. Stelzer will be interviewed by Marianne Bertrand, Ph.D. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Click HERE to reserve your spot!

This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and YouTube channel.

AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of Think Talk Create from The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Dr. Brendel and Mr. Stelzer that will start immediately after the webinar. The link to register for the AFTER-HOURS program will appear in red font at the top of an email from The Book Stall. Look for it right after your receipt arrives!

About the Book: The modern workplace can look like a supremely inhuman place. Data and algorithms drive every decision, and an obsession with profits, shareholder returns, and the bottom line often trump workers’ individual agency and creativity. HR policies seem to be set by unfeeling bureaucrats, and a healthy work-life balance seems impossible. Employees quickly become burned out and purposeless—and business suffers as a result.

How can we return humanity to the workplace? The answer, David Brendel, MD, Ph.D. and Ryan Stelzer argue in their new book Think Talk Create: Building Workplaces Fit for Humans, has been with us for centuries. As ancient as the Socratic dialogue and as modern as the latest research in neurobiology, the discipline of active inquiry gives us a fundamentally different way of conducting human-work interactions. Through moving stories, Dr. Brendel and Mr. Stelzer show us how to think carefully about a challenge or an opportunity, engage in dialogue via open-ended questioning, and collaboratively build a strategy.

About the Authors: David Brendel, MD, Ph.D., is the co-founder of Strategy of Mind, an executive coaching, consulting, and leadership development firm rooted in philosophy and psychology. Dr. Brendel is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) of the International Coach Federation (ICF). He has vast experience as an executive coach and leadership trainer across a wide diversity of corporate settings. He is an expert in applying cognitive psychology and leadership techniques in executive coaching and corporate training programs. Dr. Brendel writes about his approach in frequent articles for the Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post, and other publications. He earned an MD from Harvard Medical School and Ph.D. in philosophy from The University of Chicago.

Ryan Stelzer is a management consultant, author, keynote speaker, and entrepreneur headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. He co-founded Strategy of Mind, alongside Dr. David Brendel. Mr. Stelzer has written widely-read articles for leading publications, including The Washington Post, Huffington Post, and LinkedIn Pulse. His first article for LinkedIn Pulse, "Why I Left Management Consulting to Start a Philosophy Company," garnered over 300,000 views in just a few days and was the most popular article on the site upon its release. He also publishes a weekly newsletter for LinkedIn where he writes about building workplaces fit for humans. Mr. Stelzer delivered a TEDx Talk in April 2017 about the journey that led him from pursuing a graduate degree in philosophy, to a position at The White House, to co-founding a global consulting practice.

About the Interviewer: Marianne Bertrand, Ph.D. is the Chris P. Dialynas Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Prof. Bertrand is an applied micro-economist whose research covers the fields of labor economics, corporate finance, political economy and development economics. Her research in these areas has been published widely, including numerous research articles in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Political Economy, the American Economic Review, and the Review of Economic Studies. Prof. Bertrand is a co-director of Chicago Booth’s Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation and the Pritzker Director of the Inclusive Economy Lab at the University of Chicago Urban Labs. She also served as co-editor of the American Economic Review.


Event date: 

Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Online Zoom webinar!
Think Talk Create: Building Workplaces Fit For Humans Cover Image
ISBN: 9781541730564
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: PublicAffairs - September 21st, 2021

A brilliant counter-narrative for restoring humanity to the bottom-line, numbers-obsessed culture of the modern, 21st century workplace.

In a time of unusual stress, with a pandemic raging and economic insecurity and dislocation increasing, we need to rediscover the values that make us human, that give us a sense of meaning in order to increase our potential for productivity and