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Accomplish your goals & achieve your dreams: Brain/Shift

Two years ago, my wife was looking for a new type of Journaling experience. She wanted something beyond just blank pages, something that could help guide her thoughts and prompt new ideas.

She went online in search of it and found an elegantly designed journal with millions of sales and thousands of positive reviews. She ordered it and started using it every day. The opening pages were filled with insightful explanations into the power of gratitude, the power of journaling, and much more.

She was excited. She dove in and used it daily.

But after a few weeks I noticed it was sitting in a corner, no longer being used. Although she really enjoyed it at first, her journaling went from daily to intermittent to none. I asked her what had changed, and she said, “it’s always the same, it was great at first, but I can’t answer the same three questions every day forever”.

A light went off.

A few weeks later in one of our team meetings I brought it up for discussion. We had started 100 Behaviors as a vessel to merge the academic with the practical and to create products that could help people build better habits, achieve goals, and improve their lives. We had been yearning to create something deep and meaningful and here was our opportunity.

There were so many ideas bottled up inside us from both our consulting work at The Lantern Group and the hundreds of interviews we have conducted with researchers and practitioners around the world at Behavioral Grooves. We were sitting on a wealth of research that could bring the positive powers of behavioral science to the mainstream consumer world – we just needed that spark, and here it was.

We realized there was a gap in the market – while there were countless personal journals out there, almost all of them follow similar patterns. They offer catchy names and some upfront insights before leading into empty repetition with little challenges or barriers for goal achievement and real meaningful change.

We decided to fill this gap by developing a personal guided journal that goes deeper, is fueled by science, and is actionable, challenging, and rewarding.

We aimed to “remove the fluff” and pull down the barriers – to reduce the friction that often inhibits goal adherence and success.

We did some market research to see if it already existed and, to our knowledge, it didn’t. So, we jumped in headfirst and started brainstorming, writing, and designing. We quickly realized that one of the reasons almost every other journal repeats daily is because… that’s a lot less content you need create.

But we were committed to doing it right even if it was a bigger bite to chew than we anticipated. While there can be power in repetition (e.g., the mere exposure effect), if it is inhibiting long-term adherence then it’s not getting the job done. To achieve what we hoped for, it meant that each day and each week had to provide something unique and interesting, something actionable and scientific, and it needed to be both embedded with and backed by science.  

After many, many months, and LOTS of iterations we finally landed on a direction – a weekly guided journal that isn’t just a journal, it’s a journey – a journey that starts with setting goals and then hands you the tools to incrementally work toward achieving those goals while coaching you through the process of doing so. A journal designed by behavioral scientists, that taps into your underlying human drives, biases, habits, and behaviors to help you reach your goals and achieve your dreams.

A journal that utilizes psychological principles including priming, goal-activation, commitment devices, habit formation, and gratitude. A resource to break out of the status quo and jump into the driver’s seat to your future success.

And now – after countless hours of research, meetings, writing and creative sessions, late nights and “what are we doings?”, pilot studies, fulfillment challenges, re-brands, re-designs, and re-writes, we finally got it right!

We are excited to introduce you to “The Brain/Shift Journal – Volume 1”. It’s challenging, rewarding, and effective. Order yours today.

Dive in and you will harness the power of behavioral science to improve your life in just 5-minutes a day. 

But don’t just take out word for it, here’s your peers are saying about Brain/Shift

Brain/Shift is the tool that I needed but didn’t know existed! I’ve used planners and journals for years – but this one is different – it makes it so easy to focus on the things that are important.” ~ Tim H., Charlotte, NC

“I love the focus on proven behavioral insights to gently guide you through your own personal goals. Brain/Shift is a fresh, new approach to working towards your long-term wellbeing!” ~ Mary K., London, UK

“I love that it Brain/Shift teaches me Behavioral Science while setting and achieving my goals. The journal is a great tool to help me to identify my goals and the simple daily action steps needed to drive me toward achieving those goals!”  ~ Dean S., Minneapolis, MN

“In short, I love this journal. I had a new year’s resolution to develop a meditation practice that didn’t stick, in part because I wanted something more tangible. This journal is that tangible opportunity that I needed to move the needle in my habits and be more mindful. It’s honestly one of my favorite parts of the day, to challenge myself and be more thoughtful on how I want to show up today.” ~ Richard R., Minneapolis, MN

“I love how this journal not only allows me to express my thoughts in varying ways (writing, drawing, doodling, etc), but also challenges me to think differently. The thought provoking cues, quotes and questions encourage me to think outside the box in a way I normally wouldn’t. After 2 weeks of use, I already can feel a positive difference in my everyday outlook & mood, and I look forward to writing in it every morning.” ~ Lauren S., Boulder, CO

Job Opening: Behavioral Graphic Designer

Are you a graphic designer or communications expert who is looking to expand how your work impacts people and organizations? 

Are you wanting to nurture your personal growth and development by expanding on your interest in human dynamics and behavioral science and to share it with the world? 

Are you looking to work at a small, vibrant, cutting-edge agency that is at the intersection of corporate communication and behavioral science? 

Do you want to have a voice in where the company you are working for is heading and to be an integral part of their success? 

If so, then you will want to apply for this outstanding opportunity!

We are looking for a creative, dynamic, curious, self-motivated designer to work with our Creative Team on crafting unique, professional, and science-based solutions for our client’s employee engagement and motivational workshops, guidebooks, and videos. 

We want a person who will help expand our forward-thinking technological based communications into new realms as well as assist in The Lantern Group’s marketing and social media campaigns, support the design of our behavioral science-based products, and help research and guide the company into the future. 

As part of this job, you will also have the opportunity to work on two side projects.

The first is for 100 Behaviors, our wholly-owned subsidiary that provides products for people to learn and apply behavioral science insights to their lives.  

The second is working with the award-winning Behavioral Grooves Podcast which explores applications of behavioral science into work and life with leading researchers and authors from around the world. 

At The Lantern Group, we pride ourselves in our flexible and fun work environment, deep science and learning culture, commitment to excellence, and our open and honest relationships with each other and our clients.   

We provide a competitive salary with a generous bonus opportunity based on performance, average 36-hour work week, flexible work schedule, continual development programs, benefits, extended vacation opportunities, charitable giving match, and an annual ski pass!  

We are looking for someone in the Denver/Boulder area or willing to relocate.

Send resume and portfolio examples to kurt@lanterngroup.com

Experience

  • Background in Communications / Graphic Design
  • Highly interested in and has a base knowledge of Behavioral Science or Social-Psychology
  • 2-4+ years’ experience

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Assist in Delivering Exceptional Communication Services to our Client’s
    • Assist in the creative, design, and development of our client’s behaviorallyinformed communication needs including:
      • Logos, themes, and branding
      • PowerPoint presentations and workshops
      • Infographic design and development
      • White Board and Explainer Style Training, Educational, and Motivational Videos
        • Script (copywriting) and Storyboard Design & Development
        • Video and Animation skills are a bonus but not a requirement (aftereffects, VideoScribe, or similar)
      • Email templates
      • Guidebooks
      • E-learning modules
      • Live video development, script writing, and editing
      • Microsite development
    • Coordinate with existing contractors and help expand our contractor base
  • Assist in Expanding Lantern Group Marketing campaigns, Products, and Services
    • Assist in expanding our communication deliverables and offerings with a focus on forward-thinking technological solutions
    • Assist in developing internal marketing graphics, videos, campaigns, etc.
    • Assist in developing internal sales decks and proposals as needed
    • Assist in developing our 100 Behaviors BeSci based products (i.e., journals, books, tools, etc.)
    • Assist in maintaining and developing our blog, social media accounts, newsletter and more 

Required Skills

  • Highly proficient in Adobe Suite products such as Illustrator, InDesign, Premier Pro
  • Proficient in the Microsoft Office suite (specifically PPT)
  • Basic video editing and animation skills 
  • Creative and detail oriented
  • Technologically savvy – help us expand our offerings and abilities with new tools
  • Base knowledge and interest in applied behavioral science

Nice to have skills

  • Nice to have expertise in Photo Shop, AfterEffects, Sketch, Figma
  • UX/UI experience / knowledge is a bonus
  • Base knowledge in web development (CSS, HTML) a bonus

Personality/Work Ethic

  • Colorado-based or willing to re-locate (Position is 80% remote, 20% in person (i.e., 1 day per week))  
  • Flexible schedule
  • Self-motivated and self-directed
  • Curious and willing to learn
  • Work hard/play hard – willing to work extra hours when needed to hit deadlines and in turn enjoy the benefit of flexible hours and a commitment to work-life balance in the down times

Pay/Benefits

  • $50,000 – $60,000 per year based on experience
  • Significant Bonus opportunities – including Award Trip
  • Annual Ski Pass
  • Flexible Hours – average 36 hours a week
  • Extended vacation opportunities
  • Annual Development opportunities
  • Annual Planning and Celebration Retreat(s)
  • Charitable match of up to $2,000 per year

Thankful for Growth, Science, and Reciprocity

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays.

Scrabble letters on a block saying thank you

It brings great food and an opportunity to connect back with family and friends (something more important than ever these days), and it is also a day where we can reflect back on and give thanks for all the good that has happened over the past year.

Thinking of the Lantern Group, we have a lot to be thankful for.

2021 was a tough year for many people. The pandemic caused and continues to bring challenges and difficulties that make many people’s lives harder and more uncertain. There is a lot of political and social unrest – creating more stress and a breakdown of lots of social norms that we’ve had over the years (let’s have more conversation like this). Businesses have had to face with increased prices and challenges with finding workers and their supply chain woes.

So, there is a bit of dissonance when we look back at our year so far. Despite the challenges we are grateful that we’ve been able to grow, expand our offerings, and work on some really cool projects this year with new partners and new clients.

In many ways, our growth is a testament to how important it is to make work more human, to truly create environments that suffice the needs of the people that make up the workforce – not just the business they represent.

It’s a testament to the power of understanding “why we do what we do”. We hope that our growth is also a sign of the new frontier in how organizations understand and treat their people.

With that, we are truly grateful for the year we are having.

Our communication work continues to thrive with a huge increase in the number of clients and the types of communications that we are working on. We started this year working on one of the largest IC communications projects we’ve ever had – with over 100 interactive plan documents that integrated customized plan information, payout calculators, and whiteboard videos into one, interactive graphical document! The results were amazing with the reception by the sales team saying this was the best IC rollout ever. 

We were also honored to be named the internal communication agency of record for the US division of a global pharmaceutical company, where we’ve had the opportunity to craft their monthly webinars, write the speeches and e-mails from the president, as well as work on their IC plan communication.

Beyond that we’ve also extended our video offerings, creating not just white board videos, but longer training videos, hybrid white-board and live videos, talking personalized avatars, and long format story videos designed to showcase and build positive culture.

In addition to our communication work, we’ve also grown in our consulting work. We were one of the founding members of Diversifi, the largest network of applied behavioral consultancies in the world, with over 250 behavioral scientists, in over 18 companies across the globe. 

This work has led to some amazing projects utilizing behavioral science to better understand and improve the online subscription process for a large news organization as well as training the European division of a pharmaceutical company on how behavioral science can be integrated into their everyday work. 

We’ve are also very grateful for the work we did in conjunction with Tim Houlihan on Leading Human® – which is a comprehensive Playbook and accompanying workbook that can help guide leaders on how to be more human centric and drive greater performance in these uncertain times. This collaboration highlights the integration of Kurt’s work with Behavioral Grooves into the Lantern Group. The insights that we’ve gained from talking with over 200 researchers and practitioners shows in the breadth and depth of the solutions that we can provide.

With that, Behavioral Grooves has also grown tremendously this past year, more than tripling monthly downloads with special series on context, anxiety at work, and conspiracy theories to name just a few of the new and exciting things we are doing there.

Join the movement and follow along here.

These experiences have also brought opportunities to present at conferences and inside organizations. We started the year by co-hosting the Nudge.It.North conference with over 200 participants and some of the greatest behavioral scientists and practitioners in the world – including Annie Duke, John Bargh, Gary Latham and Robert Cialdini to name a few.  Kurt has also been honored to speak at several industry and company conferences – with the latest version taking him to Doha, Qatar to moderate and speak at the BX Arabia conference. 

We are truly grateful for all the support and encouragement from you and the rest of our network. It has been an inspirational year that has us humbled and honored to be in the position that we are in.

It is with sincere gratitude that we will sit down at the Thanksgiving table this year and raise our glasses to all of you helping us have the year that we’ve had. Thank you!

Ben and Kurt

And with reciprocity in mind, – as always, we would be happy to talk to any of you about your challenges that you are facing.

Scary Biases 2.0 – Navigating Bias in the Workforce

As fall sets on rapidly in the northern hemisphere, and some of us start to carve pumpkins for Halloween, pick apples, watch the leaves turn, and lay awake at night in fear of Michael Myers… we need to remember that there are some even scarier, less tangible things out there to be aware of.

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Bias can be the hidden killer of business

Yes, we are talking about human biases.

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Leaders! Build a better team by creating a Team Charter

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As much as we are experiencing a health crisis right now, we are also experiencing a people crisis. Changes in how we view work and the new expectations mean that the future of work needs to look a lot more “human” than it has in the past.

To thrive through these challenges, leaders must make changes to how their teams operate and interact. Culture and productivity go hand in hand and team dynamics are at the center of it all.

One highly effective tool in making this happen is to work with your team to develop what is known as a Team Charter. A Team Charter is one of the four tenets of Leading Human™ – a systematic approach to help leaders deal with burnout, resignations, and the complications of COVID in the workplace.

What is a Team Charter?

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Has COVID-19 Permanently Changed “How We Work?”

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Companies need to be cognizant of the complex emotional factors impacting =the new normal

Welcome to the new working world.

Your team is split – some people are coming into the office, some are staying virtual, and even more are taking a hybrid approach. 

You have new silos in the organization – not around job functions, but around political beliefs. 

Employees are demanding to have a better work-life balance – they don’t want to work 50+ hours and miss their kid’s soccer game or their workout routine. They are burnt out from the pandemic. Many realize that they like some of the benefits of working from home, yet they miss the camaraderie and connections they get by being in person. Expectations have shifted and they expect you to be able to provide them with the best of both worlds or they probably won’t stick around. 

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A Home Run for IC Directors

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Create a Great IC Program AND Make Sure it is Understood

Incentive compensation professionals work hard at developing incentive plans that drive employee motivation while also meeting their company’s strategic objectives.

In the past, this has been achieved by using rules of thumb and stringent financial analysis. Yet, hard work is not enough in today’s turbulent times.  

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Want to earn more and win more awards? Ask for better communication.

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Make sure you have the tools to climb to the top

It’s no secret that as a salesperson you want to win.

You want to sell, to be on top, to surpass your target, and to join that award trip. You want to be rewarded for the hard work and sales that you bring in. 

But that can be hard to do if your company isn’t telling you what you need to do to win. Companies often spend significant time and energy designing those metrics and fall short when it comes to communicating them to you. This puts you in a tough position between your intentions and the outcomes of the plan.  

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Identifying Friction in Your Organization

Friction is defined by Merriam-Webster as “the force that resists relative motion between two bodies in contact” or “the clashing between two parties of opposed views.”   

Identifying Organizational Friction
Organizational Friction

In our last article, we identified three types of organizational friction (the resistance points within a company that limit its performance). Those friction points were caused by oversight or shortcomings in Policy, Culture, and Environment. Each type of organizational friction has its own unique root causes and manifests itself differently within a company.

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Identifying the Root Cause – Employee Issues are Human Issues

By Kurt Nelson, Ph.D.

If only employees were robots. 

If we were robots, then when we are underperforming or not working, a simple diagnostic process would show us where the issue is. We would need to determine if it was a hardware or software issue, work through the bugs, and identify the component issues. It might be hard, but it is a structured process that a sound engineer can handle. And in the end, you know when you get it right because the issue is solved.  

But we are not robots. We are human.   

Employees are not robots

We are complex, context-driven, emotional, overstressed, and irrational. We often tell people what we think they want to hear, not what we really feel. We tend to avoid conflict and repress our feelings. Hell, we don’t even understand our feelings a lot of the time.  

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