Because it’s

hard to be human

in a complex world

Ted Cadsby, MBA, CFA, ICD.D, helps organizations and individuals dissect and tackle complex problems, including the complexity of being human.

He is fascinated by our tendency to underthink and overreact when we’re confronted by less straightforward challenges. His work is focused on remedying these two problems.

Being human in the 21st century isn’t easy

Keynote speaker, best-selling author, advisor to leaders and teams, Ted provides powerful insights and practical solutions for addressing complex problems, including the ultimate challenge — being human. His focus is to facilitate:

Greater personal well-being:  confronting 5 cognitive design flaws

Better decision-making:  avoiding 7 common thinking mistakes

Improved team effectiveness:  removing 3 obstacles to group intelligence

More powerful leadership:  invoking “Leader as Chief Conversation Facilitator”

Hard to Be Human cover


Ted writes on topics related to real-world complexity. His fourth and most recent book, published by Dundurn Press, explores the challenge of being human.


Ted has delivered keynote speeches to audiences of 1,800 people, conducted workshops for twelve, and addressed every group size in between, both in person and online.


As president of TRC Advisory Inc., Ted works with management teams, boards of directors, and executives to facilitate improved group decision-making.

A Complex World Demands…

Ted Cadsby Corporate Speaker

Complex Thinking

Ted demonstrates the gap between how we typically think about the world and how the world actually works. Then he delves into closing this gap with specific mental strategies.

Complex Leadership

Ted reveals the obstacles to generating deep, productive, group discussion. He explains how today’s leader must be a strong facilitator of dialogue: a Chief Conversation Facilitator.

“Ted Cadsby has done us all a favour with this lucid tour of thinking through complexity.”

Roger Martin, former Dean of the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

“Your keynote was identified in evaluations as one of the top 3 highlights of our conference, with comments such as ‘very inspiring’ and ‘perfect opener’.”

Robert P. Taylor, PhD, CEO of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada

“Brimming with insight, professionals in all fields will find Cadsby’s book highly valuable.”

Phil Rosenzweig, PhD, Professor of strategy and international management, IMD

“Cadsby’s ideas are vital … Read them and prosper.”

Don Tapscott, Executive Chairman of the Blockchain Research Institute

“Cadsby expertly outlines why humans possess instinctive responses and provides actionable tips..his presentation is creative and informative.”

Kirkus Book Reviews

“This wide-ranging book distills the latest research in complexity theory and cognitive science to think and act more effectively.” 

David Orrell, PhD, mathematician and best-selling author

“Loved Cadsby’s Closing the Mind Gap…must-read for anyone wanting to tackle complexity!”

Amanda Lang, Anchor of BNN Bloomberg

“Ted brought together insights in a compelling presentation that provided practical steps leaders can take.”

John Brewer, Director, The Conference Board of Canada

“A courageous synthesis of psychology, complexity and systems theory. Cadsby provides practical implications for improving decision-making.”

Gary Klein, PhD, Senior Scientist MacroCognition LLC

“William James said we are only half awake. Ted Cadsby shows there is a lot of scientific truth wrapped inside that metaphorical truth.”

Philip Tetlock, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Wharton School of Business

“A very sophisticated and extremely valuable read.”

Gordon Pape, best-selling author and investment commentator

“A must read for Canadians who are serious about investing.”

Moshe Milevsky, PhD, Professor of Finance, Schulich School of Business

“Ted’s case would make any fair judge rule: ‘Case closed.’ Readers who follow his advice will be duly enriched.”

John Bogle, Founder and Former Chairman of The Vanguard Group

“Ted Cadsby has provided a valuable addition to investment finance. This book can immediately be put into action.”

Eric Kirzner, PhD, Professor of Finance, Rotman School of Management

“Ted’s speech provided very illuminating insight into cutting-edge research, as evidenced by the extended Q&A.”

Chris MacDonald, PhD, Ted Rogers Leadership Centre at Toronto Metropolitan University

“Cadsby draws masterfully on a wide range of scientific findings. His book is a remarkable wake-up call. We owe him thanks.”

Robin Hogarth, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Economics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

It’s hard to be human because…

We are odd creatures:

we long to be happy but create our own suffering.


The problem is our thinking and feeling:

poorly matched to human life today.

But there are ways to make it easier…

We just need to get better at one thing:

mastering our neuron-packed brains!