100 episodes

The Dr. CK Bray Show is a 20-minute science and research-based podcast that aims to provide the information you need to create a better life and career. Dr. Bray shares the latest research findings in the areas of business, personal excellence and achievement, resilience and thriving, career, learning, leadership, change, and health. He also provides a one-stop resource for actionable advice and tools to cover every aspect of your life. Be prepared to be simultaneously educated and entertained.

The Dr CK Bray Show Dr. CK Bray

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 154 Ratings

The Dr. CK Bray Show is a 20-minute science and research-based podcast that aims to provide the information you need to create a better life and career. Dr. Bray shares the latest research findings in the areas of business, personal excellence and achievement, resilience and thriving, career, learning, leadership, change, and health. He also provides a one-stop resource for actionable advice and tools to cover every aspect of your life. Be prepared to be simultaneously educated and entertained.

    Episode 524 Things I Wished I Would Have Known at the Start of My Career

    Episode 524 Things I Wished I Would Have Known at the Start of My Career

    One of my first jobs was as a lifeguard at Alta Canyon Swimming Pool. To earn extra cash, I taught swim lessons. I also worked at Dry Cleaners, a yogurt shop, a pharmaceutical company, and about three other companies/careers before starting the Adaption Institute. One of my favorite things to do at the Adaption Institute when it was just starting was coaching people in their careers. I learned so much from hearing people’s stories and experiences.
    There is something great about getting the advice of someone who has “been there and done that.” My combined experience with those of over 3,000 people I have worked with over the years has come to you in this podcast.
    I read an article by Ryan Holiday, who runs the Daily Stoic website and is one of my favorite authors. His article, "37 Pieces of Career Advice I Wish I’d Known Earlier,” sparked this podcast. I share some of his, my own, and the advice of those I have worked to help you out, no matter where in your career you are. I am sure you will enjoy it.
    QUOTES BY DR. BRAY
    “Watch people. Use your eyes, not your ears.”
    “Be the driver of your career.” “Rarely does something happen faster than we think it will.”
    “You shake the orange tree, and lemons fall out.”

    • 17 min
    Episode 523 Having a Relationship with Someone Who Struggles With Depression

    Episode 523 Having a Relationship with Someone Who Struggles With Depression

    Depression is the most common mental health problem in the world. According to surveys, about 1 in 10 American adults will experience a major depressive episode in their lifetime. What is often not discussed is the effects of depression on relationships, both personal and professional.
    In today’s episode, Dr. Bray unpacks research-backed approaches for maintaining a healthy relationship with friends and family who struggle with depression.
    ** Thanks to Brett and Kate McKay for their article “How to Maintain a Healthy Relationship with Someone Who’s Depressed published on February 20, 2024 on the “Art of Manliness Website”
    **To learn more get the book “When Someone You Love is Depressed: How to Help Your Loved One Without Losing Yourself.” By Laura Rosen and Xavier Francisco Amador.
    QUOTES BY DR. BRAY
    “Learn all you can about depression.”
    “They need to know you’re there with them during the hard times.”
    “There isn’t a cure for depression.”

    • 17 min
    Episode 522 Neuroscience in the News: Sleep and Leaders

    Episode 522 Neuroscience in the News: Sleep and Leaders

    In the realm of mental health, the importance of a good night's sleep cannot be overstated. Recent research sheds light on the vital connection between our sleep habits, the natural rhythms of our bodies, and our psychological state. The study brings to the forefront evidence that disruptions in sleep patterns and the body's internal clock — known as circadian rhythms — are not just a result of mental health challenges but may, in fact, play a role in causing and worsening these conditions.
    Dr. Bray, a leading expert in the field, will delve into the implications of this groundbreaking study and explore the emerging narratives from the research and how these findings may revolutionize the approach to mental health treatments going forward.
    In addition to the implications for mental health, Dr. Bray discusses another pressing issue in the modern workforce: the identification of future leaders in a remote work setting. As the corporate world continues to shift towards remote operations, traditional methods of evaluating potential leaders need to evolve. Dr. Bray will highlight the essential tools required for the effective discernment of leadership qualities from afar while also drawing attention to potential obstacles that could impede the acquisition of reliable information in this new virtual landscape.
    With a shift to remote work comes a necessity for a new skill set. Identifying and nurturing these competencies will be crucial for any organization aiming to stay ahead in a rapidly changing professional environment. Dr. Bray shares insights to pave the way for developing these new paradigms in leadership and professional development.
    *Sleep, Circadian Rhythm, and Mental Health. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Feb 19th, 2024
    *How to Identify Future Leaders in a Remote Environment. KORN FERRY (online article)
    QUOTES BY DR. BRAY
    “When you sleep you need it cool and dark.”
    “When you don’t sleep, you’re more likely to get triggered and angry.”
    “Take in-person opportunities as often as you can.”

    • 14 min
    Episode 521 What Has Happened to Your Brain Bandwidth?

    Episode 521 What Has Happened to Your Brain Bandwidth?

    It seems like we are more tired and less motivated than ever before.
    We often want to “just get through the day” rather than transcend it and seek out excellence in all we do.
    What’s behind this ebb in energy and the increase in feeling of overwhelm and overload?
    In today’s podcast, Dr. Bray shares insights into your mental bandwidth. Based on an article from Brett and Kate McKay called “What Happened to Our Mental Bandwidth?” Dr. Bray discusses the changes that have occurred over the last decade that have had a large impact on your mental bandwidth and the implications to energy, behavior, and performance.
    He will also share ideas (both old-school and new-fangled) to help you increase your bandwidth and understand the brain bandwidth of others.
    *To read the article by Brett and Kate McKay go to https://www.artofmanliness.com/character/behavior/what-happened-to-our-mental-bandwidth/
    QUOTES BY DR. BRAY
    “I highly recommend reading The Shallows”
    “Our phones are energy vampires.”
    “Start saying NO to things; anything extra or not worth your time.”

    • 17 min
    Episode 520 Take Your Brain to Work: Part 3

    Episode 520 Take Your Brain to Work: Part 3

    In this podcast episode, Dr. CK Bray discusses the phenomenon of "Zoom fatigue" and its impact on our brains. ​ He explains that the visual nature of video conferences taxes our brain's resources, as almost half of our brain is devoted to processing visual information. ​ Additionally, the constant staring at screens and prolonged eye contact during video chats can be uncomfortable and lead to misunderstandings. ​ Dr. Bray offers suggestions to combat Zoom fatigue, such as incorporating regular phone calls instead of video conferences, modifying on-camera air time, and improving social dynamics within video conferences. ​ He also emphasizes the importance of taking regular breaks and changing environments to reset our brains.
    If you want more information, Dr. Bray highly recommends “Brain Rules for Work: The Science of Thinking Smarter in the Home and in the Office.” By John Medina
    QUOTES BY DR. BRAY “Video meetings are an energy suck. Sprinkle in some phone calls!” “When you’re giving feedback, make sure you’re on the same page.” “Take breaks! You’ll outperform everybody else.”

    • 14 min
    Episode 519 Take Your Brain to Work: Part 2

    Episode 519 Take Your Brain to Work: Part 2

    Dr. CK Bray shares insights into the dynamics of group interactions, emphasizing the challenges within teams, citing factors such as in-fighting, asymmetric job distribution, and confusion about goals that hinder their effectiveness. He delves into the neuroscience behind team dynamics, highlighting the critical role of trust, which can be measured through oxytocin levels in the brain. Learn how an experiment involving oxytocin nasal spray revealed its power to foster trust among strangers, shedding light on its impact on team cohesion. Dr. Bray explores Google's Project Aristotle, underscoring the significance of psychological safety and trust in fostering high-functioning teams.
    **Read John Medina’s “Brain Rules for Work: The Science of Thinking Smarter in the Office and at Home.” It is an excellent resource into learning more about today’s topic.
    QUOTES BY DR. BRAY 
    “Go make your team better!”

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
154 Ratings

154 Ratings

Saraquilts ,

Easy listen with great ideas

Thanks for the positive, upbeat attitude and the great ways of looking at things. I listen while walking and always wish I would have brought pencil and paper to write down something I heard and want to remember.

TBuckey ,

Phenomenal Insights

Incredible podcast! Bray does a great job breaking down scientific discoveries in a conversational manner that makes it easy to understand and apply. Highly recommend to anyone, especially those of you looking to better yourself and making sense of the world around you 😁

wegjulie ,

Time is the new rich

This quote has stuck with me and keeping it as A daily reminder to keep me from adding business to my life as we ramp back up to a new normal. Somehow each podcast speaks to my current situation and I am consistently uplifted. Opening my mind to science and new data on how our brains are triggered helps me better understand natural trends and how to make meaningful steps to create a life of passion and importance. Thank you Dr. Bray and all those at the Adaption Institute.

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