Podcast Episode

How To Get Your ‘Mind Tapped’ In a Creative Direction – Dr. Thomas Sy – Episode #78

November 22, 2021

If you want to change your life, you need to change your mind. This is the phrase Dr. Thomas Sy proudly proclaims.

We talk about being a creative cue, the self-fulfilling prophesy in leadership and how people can lead better by understanding the psychology behind their thinking.

All of this connects to Intercultural Creativity.

Dr. Thomas Sy is an award-winning scholar, professor and consultant. He is Founder of MINDTAPP, a startup developing evidenced-based solutions for mindset training and conditioning: http://www.mindtapp.com

He has worked with a variety of organizations, including Google, Zappos, Los Angeles County, Northrop Grumman, EDS, Ford, Johnson & Johnson, Boeing, IBM, GE, U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corp Special Operations Command, and among others.

His research has been published in a variety of outlets, including the Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

He completed his PhD in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan. He was formerly an advisor with a top-tier global management consultancy. Dr. Sy has also served in the U.S. Army Special Forces (Green Beret). He enjoys Brazilian Jujitsu and creating abstract metal sculptures.

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This episode is produced by CAFFEstrategies.com – an industry leader in intercultural creative thinking development and the home of the 16 Diamond Tools of Creative Thinkers and the 7 Gems of Intercultural Creativity!


The mission of CAFFE Strategies is to equip organizations with strategies of Intercultural Creativity that supports their DE&I goals. Intercultural Creativity is a unique type of training that develops intercultural competence (which is needed for inclusion and belonging) primarily using creative thinking strategies and cognitive processes, which is needed for value creation.

In addition to utilizing our 7 Gems of Intercultural Creativity methodology, the other creative thinking strategies used in our trainings include divergent thinking, reframing, un-obvious associations, combinatory thinking, metaphorical processing, transformation ideation, and imagination development, to develop intercultural competence, self awareness, cultural-awareness and creative thinking.

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