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Because it's
hard to be human
in a complex world
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Hard To Be Human
Overcoming Our 5 Cognitive Design Flaws

Ted Cadsby’s revealing and engaging book demonstrates that we can harness the power in our heads and get out of our own way. A hopeful manual for actually living a better life.
— Amanda Lang, Anchor of BNN Bloomberg and bestselling author

Other animals have it easier.
We are complex beings immersed in an increasingly complex world.
And that makes it hard to be human.
But there are paths that make it easier.

Available October 2021 from Dundurn Press

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It's hard to be human because ...

We are odd creatures who long to be happy while creating our own suffering.

Our thinking and feeling are often poorly matched to human life today.

We haven’t yet mastered our neuron-packed brains.

But there are fixes that make it easier
A complex world demands ...
A complex world demands
complex thinking and
complex leadership.

Ted helps organizations and individual leaders navigate the complexities of modern challenges. A speaker on the contemporary human struggle, leadership in complex times, and harnessing the power of group decision-making, he provides powerful insights and practical solutions for addressing complex problems, including the complexity of managing ourselves.

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Complex Thinking

It starts by understanding the gap between our default ways of thinking about the world (including other people and ourselves) and how it (they and we) actually works. Then it closes the gap with more sophisticated mental strategies.

Complex Leadership

The need for high quality conversation is more pressing than ever; unfortunately, deep, productive discussion is not self-generating. Today’s leader has to be a strong facilitator of dialogue: a Chief Conversation Facilitator.

Don Tapscott endorsement
“Cadsby’s ideas are vital … Read them and prosper. “
Don Tapscott, Executive Chairman of the Blockchain Research Institute
Roger Martin endorsement
“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
Robert P. Taylor endorsement
“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
Amanda Lang endorsement
“Loved Cadsby’s Closing the Mind Gap … must-read for anyone wanting to tackle complexity!”
Amanda Lang, Anchor of BNN Bloomberg
Phil Rosenzweig endorsement
“Brimming with insight, professionals in all fields will find Cadsby’s book highly valuable.”
Phil Rosenzweig PhD, Professor of strategy and international management, IMD
John Brewer endorsement
“Ted brought together insights in a compelling presentation that provided practical steps leaders can take.”
John Brewer, Director, The Conference Board of Canada
Chris MacDonald endorsement
“Ted’s speech provided very illuminating insight into cutting-edge research, as evidenced by the extended Q&A.”
Chris MacDonald PhD, Director of Ted Rogers Leadership Centre at Ryerson University