Importance of HOW You Think Episode 77

Chris Dimock, CoFounder and Operation Manager of Elation will show how Elation is working with companies that want to create sustainable improved performance.

Chris Dimock CoFounder Elation

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Elation focuses on helping to create an organization where your team:

  • Has more purpose
  • Has an increased sense of self-accountability.
  • Actually enjoys coming into work.
  • Has clarity in what their goals are.
  • Communicates more with each other and there is clarity in what is being said.
  • Is more selective in what they chose to work on.
  • Are more consistent in what they achieve.

They also help leadership

  • Be more purposeful.
  • Know why the organization exists and where it needs to go.
  • Know what it needs to do to get there.
  • Have improved confidence that they know people are doing all they can to work toward that shared goal.

Chris is Co-Founder and Operational Leader for Elation, Inc. Elation elevates the lives of people by helping them change their mindset and realize that through mindfulness and self-responsibility that they have a higher degree of control over their personal outcomes than they may have thought. This work is done through businesses because a fully engaged workforce has a profound positive impact on the profitability of virtually any company.

Bootstrapped a start-up Internet Service Provider from initial creation in 1995 to becoming the leading regional Integrated Communications Provider. The firm maintained exceptionally low customer turnover, high employee morale, close to 50% market penetration in its target market, and was profitable at a time when national carriers are declaring Chapter 11 with some regularity.

Throughout the evolution of Western Technology Partners to Avista Communications to OneEighty Communications the company consistently kept the customers’ best interests in the forefront of daily activities. With high customer loyalty the company was successful in up-selling customers from dial-up Internet access to broadband service, adding local dial-tone and subsequently integrating long distance services.


Master Lube owned by Bill Simmons 

Firms of Endearment by Raj Sisodia (Also Everybody Matters) and the Conscious Capitalism movement.

Communities Change – MIT Team looking at community change efforts.

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Jon Kabat-Zinn on Twitter

Dr. Carol Dweck and Mindset

Twitter @mindsetworks

Matthew Lieberman book on Amazon (not an affiliate link)

@social_brains on Twitter 

Book recommendations from Chris Dimock

Mindset:  The New Psychology of Success    Carol Dweck, Ph.D.

Foundational work on how important our mindset is.  Includes the research on fixed and growth mindset.

Your Brain at Work            David Rock

Outlines ways we can use our brain chemistry to achieve success.

Emotional Life of Your Brain            Richard Davidson, PhD

Each of us has an Emotional Style based on six domains:  Resilience, Outlook, Social Intuition, Self-Awareness, Sensitivity to Context, and Attention

Immunity to Change          Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey

The authors show how individual and organizational beliefs and mindsets combine to create a natural and powerful resistance to change.  It is possible to recognize and unlock these immunities to change in order to move forward.

Quiet Leadership                 David Rock, PhD

Outlines six steps to transforming performance at work by helping people to think better.

You Are Not Your Brain     Jeffrey Schwartz, M.D.

The authors propse a four-step method of addressing unhealthy thinking, changing habits and taking control of one’s life.

The Advantage    Patrick Lencioni

Why organizational health trumps everything else in business

Drive      Daniel H. Pink

What is the real aspects of motivation?

Make Yourself Indispensable           Mark Samuel

This book covers the power of personal responsibility and the accountability loop.

Mindsight             Daniel J. Siegel, MD

This groundbreaking book, from one of the global innovators in the integration of brain science with psychotherapy, offers an extraordinary guide to the practice of “mindsight,” the potent skill that is the basis for both emotional and social intelligence.

The Willpower Instinct      Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.

Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal’s wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity.