This page showcases some of Andie and Al’s perspectives, as well as a selection of favorite experts and thought leaders in the field of communication strategy.
If you're interested in the techniques described in Breaking Through Bias, or if you are considering asking Andie and Al to speak to your audience, don’t miss the links below.
A Discussion Guide for groups reading Breaking Through Bias, by Andie & Al
Amy Cuddy is a professor at Harvard Business School who has pioneered the research into the effect your body posture has on your attitude toward yourself and your abilities and how others see you. Her TED talk provides a compelling presentation of the value of “power posing” before you engage in high-stakes situations such as interviews, presentations, negotiations, and occasions requiring self promotion. We have found in our coaching and mentoring that following her recommendations is highly effective in increasing self-confidence and making a positive impression. She now has a book, Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self To Your Biggest Challenges, building off of her research.
Angela Lee Duckworth
Angela Lee Duckworth is now a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She began her career as a consultant at McKinsie, hated it, and started teaching math and science at elementary schools in poor urban neighborhoods across the United States. She found that the kids who did the best — moved up, succeeded — were not those with the highest IQ or income level, but those with grit. Her TED talk is an inspiring confirmation that sustained, passionate pursuits of your long-term goal is the most important quality needed for career success.
Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer for the New Yorker and has written five New York Times best-selling books. All of his books are interesting and worth reading but Outliners: The Story of Success is particularly relevant to the subjects about which we speak and write. Gladwell famously put forward the 10,000 hour rule: it takes about 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery in any field. By studying the lives of extremely successful people he makes clear that if naturally gifted people don’t practice, and then practice some more, they will never rise to the top.
Carol Dweck is a professor of psychology at Stanford University who studies why people succeed and how to foster success. Her TED talk is a powerful demonstration that our intelligence, confidence, and grit are not fixed qualities but can be increased by hard work, taking on challenges, and learning from our failures. She explores the difference between a positive mindset and a fixed mindset and makes clear that if you have the former rather than the latter you will be able to grow, develop, and succeed.