Craig Dowden

Craig Dowden, PhD

Craig Dowden & Associates is a firm focused on supporting clients in achieving leadership and organizational excellence by leveraging the science of peak performance. He is author of Do Good to Lead Well: The Science and Practice of Positive Leadership.

Fake It ’Til You Make It?

Being emotionally honest with ourselves and our coworkers is the best way to positively impact our workplace surroundings.

Exercise to Protect Your Mental Health

Studies show exercising can help improve your mental health and it might be easier than you think.

Assume the Project is Dead and You Killed It

Following a disappointing project, leaders often conduct a post-mortem. In this time-honoured tradition, the executive will sit with his or her team and explore what went wrong - what were the steps or factors that caused the

Acting Out of Character: The Adventures of Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock

Just when we think our logic will prevail, our emotions get the best of us. How does this effect the workplace?

Does Money Hurt Workplace Motivation?

Conventional wisdom says that paying people more increases motivation. Research shows otherwise.

Why Toxic Leadership Persists

Four recommendations to prevent abusive behaviour in your organization.

How to Avoid a Bad Hire

Everyone wants to hire top talent, but there are four main reasons why candidates fail. Learn how to avoid a bad hire with these tips.

Are You Derailing Valuable Feedback?

Effective conflict management is one of the most important skills we can acquire. The next time you receive feedback, make sure you don’t switch tracks.

Play to Your Strengths to Maximize Engagement

Studies show that employees who report using their strengths more often in their day-to-day roles experience greater engagement.

How to Stay Engaged When Work is Boring

We all have work we have to do that bores us to tears. Learn why mindset is the secret to staying engaged and engaging your staff.

Using 360 Feedback to Enhance the Coaching Experience

Heed these best practices to maximize the effectiveness of 360 feedback.

5 Tips for Managing Time Pressure

Studies show time pressure makes people careless. Here's what you can do.

Building a Resilient Culture

Discover why the crucial building block needed for a resilient culture is trust.

Humility—Humble Pie May Be Good for You

Embracing fear and being open to learning can benefit you and those around you. See why humility is a valuable management skill.

The Road to (Leadership) Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

Leadership is a demanding challenge. Clear communication is the key to making your true intentions known.

Unplug Your Way to Enhanced Productivity

When it comes to productivity at work - just how smart are smart phones?

The Importance of High Quality Connections

High quality connections motivate employees to higher levels of organizational citizenship. Here's why you need more HQCs in your organization.

Talented Terrors: How to Deal With Toxic High-Performers

We have all come across high-performers capable of achieving great results, but with a style that leaves a lot to be desired.

Tapping into the ‘Inner Heart’ of Innovation

Searching for a way to stimulate innovation in your workplace? Consider the results of this experiment.

The Importance of Playing to Your Strengths

Focusing on our strengths improves work performance, engagement and employee retention.

Challenging Meaning

Exploring the link between meaning and performance in the workplace.

Killer Bosses and Employee Well-Being

Learn why the quality of leadership affects our professional and personal well-being.

Authentic Leadership

Current research suggests that a key-differentiating factor between good and great leaders may be authenticity. Shakespeare’s “to thine own self be true” may be a critical rallying call for current and future leaders.

Maximizing Employee Performance and Building Your Team’s Abilities

The key to unlocking employee performance is minimizing job stress.

Is Coaching Right for You?

While there is a huge ROI on coaching, there is no set of universally accepted standards of coaching. Consider these questions before jumping onboard.

Does Play at Work Improve Productivity?

Using humour and play at work is important and can benefit both employees and organizations.

Fake It ’Til You Make It?

Being emotionally honest with ourselves and our coworkers is the best way to positively impact our workplace surroundings.

Exercise to Protect Your Mental Health

Studies show exercising can help improve your mental health and it might be easier than you think.

Assume the Project is Dead and You Killed It

Following a disappointing project, leaders often conduct a post-mortem. In this time-honoured tradition, the executive will sit with his or her team and explore what went wrong - what were the steps or factors that caused the

Acting Out of Character: The Adventures of Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock

Just when we think our logic will prevail, our emotions get the best of us. How does this effect the workplace?

Does Money Hurt Workplace Motivation?

Conventional wisdom says that paying people more increases motivation. Research shows otherwise.

Why Toxic Leadership Persists

Four recommendations to prevent abusive behaviour in your organization.

How to Avoid a Bad Hire

Everyone wants to hire top talent, but there are four main reasons why candidates fail. Learn how to avoid a bad hire with these tips.

Are You Derailing Valuable Feedback?

Effective conflict management is one of the most important skills we can acquire. The next time you receive feedback, make sure you don’t switch tracks.

Play to Your Strengths to Maximize Engagement

Studies show that employees who report using their strengths more often in their day-to-day roles experience greater engagement.

How to Stay Engaged When Work is Boring

We all have work we have to do that bores us to tears. Learn why mindset is the secret to staying engaged and engaging your staff.

Using 360 Feedback to Enhance the Coaching Experience

Heed these best practices to maximize the effectiveness of 360 feedback.

5 Tips for Managing Time Pressure

Studies show time pressure makes people careless. Here's what you can do.

Building a Resilient Culture

Discover why the crucial building block needed for a resilient culture is trust.

Humility—Humble Pie May Be Good for You

Embracing fear and being open to learning can benefit you and those around you. See why humility is a valuable management skill.

The Road to (Leadership) Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

Leadership is a demanding challenge. Clear communication is the key to making your true intentions known.

Unplug Your Way to Enhanced Productivity

When it comes to productivity at work - just how smart are smart phones?

The Importance of High Quality Connections

High quality connections motivate employees to higher levels of organizational citizenship. Here's why you need more HQCs in your organization.

Talented Terrors: How to Deal With Toxic High-Performers

We have all come across high-performers capable of achieving great results, but with a style that leaves a lot to be desired.

Tapping into the ‘Inner Heart’ of Innovation

Searching for a way to stimulate innovation in your workplace? Consider the results of this experiment.

The Importance of Playing to Your Strengths

Focusing on our strengths improves work performance, engagement and employee retention.

Challenging Meaning

Exploring the link between meaning and performance in the workplace.

Killer Bosses and Employee Well-Being

Learn why the quality of leadership affects our professional and personal well-being.

Authentic Leadership

Current research suggests that a key-differentiating factor between good and great leaders may be authenticity. Shakespeare’s “to thine own self be true” may be a critical rallying call for current and future leaders.

Maximizing Employee Performance and Building Your Team’s Abilities

The key to unlocking employee performance is minimizing job stress.

Is Coaching Right for You?

While there is a huge ROI on coaching, there is no set of universally accepted standards of coaching. Consider these questions before jumping onboard.

Does Play at Work Improve Productivity?

Using humour and play at work is important and can benefit both employees and organizations.
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