We spend most of our waking hours at work. So I spend my working hours trying to understand how people can feel like work is part of their ‘real life’ rather than a long commute to the weekend.

I’m Dan Cable – Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School.

“Dan Cable’s eye-opening insights will help leaders unleash the passion and purpose inside of others.”

William P. Lauder, Executive Chairman, The Estée Lauder Companies

“Dan Cable presents a bold vision and practical ideas for breathing life into every organisation.”

Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author

“Once every ten years a book comes along that lights the way for us...what the future of leadership should look like.”

Bruce Daisley, Vice-President Europe, Twitter

“Well-researched and eminently practical, ‘Alive at Work’ is an essential read for leaders at every level.”

Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and To Sell is Human

“Dan’s deep insights will make you think about engagement and motivation in an entirely new way.”

Gary Hamel, author of The Future of Management


Alive at Work

The Neuroscience of Helping Your People Love What They Do

An alarming majority of the workforce is disengaged and unmotivated. They are not helping their organizations with much-needed creativity and innovation.

In Alive at Work, I show that the reason for all the unhappiness at work is biological: organizations, in an effort to routinize work and establish clear-cut performance metrics, are suppressing what neuroscientists call our ‘seeking systems’. Organizations are shutting off the part of our brain that craves exploration and learning. The good news is that leaders can activate employees’ seeking systems, and it doesn’t take huge financial investments to do so. With small changes, leaders can make a meaningful impact on our lives and restore our zest for work.

Filled with real-life examples from around the world paired with evidence-based claims, Alive at Work equips managers – and anyone looking to find more joy in their nine-to-five existence – with the guidance to ignite the curiosity and passion that lives within each of us.

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Activating Your Best Self


‘This is what I’m really intrigued by…the idea that depending on the story that you accept – and that you think about – it starts to be who you are…’


On Our Seeking System

American Management Association

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