Hi, I’m Dan Cable, Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School and author of the book Exceptional.

Hi, I’m Dan Cable, Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School and author of the book Exceptional.

Alive at Work and Change to Strange books
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Squeezing The Orange podcast



A three-step process to access and activate your full potential

Imagine switching on the television to see a highlight reel of the best moments from your life. Like a professional athlete, you’d learn with every clip how to repeat past successes, pinpoint your blind spots and build confidence.

In Exceptional, London Business School professor and expert social scientist Daniel Cable reveals how building your own personal highlight reel — a collection of positive memories about you from your network — is key to accessing your potential. Cable has worked with tens of thousands of people to create their highlight reels and make the most of their gifts. Using the latest science and proven research behind best-self activation, his three-step process will help you improve your life by teaching you to:

• Focus on what you do best
• Craft a life around your strengths
• Increase your confidence and resilience

By living up to your full potential you can strengthen the relationships you value most and transform your mindset to one of possibility. Every one of us has a version of ourselves that is uniquely outstanding. It’s a version of ourselves that already exists — all we have to do is access it.


“A bold, new approach to improving your performance and deepening your purpose.”

Daniel Pink, #1 bestselling author of Drive, When and To Sell Is Human

“Vividly and helpfully shows how ‘playing to your strengths’ involves using a growth mindset to fulfill your potential.”

Carol Dweck PhD, author of Mindset

“Athletes achieve excellence by studying personal highlight reels. There’s no reason why the rest of us can’t do the same thing. In this evidence-backed book, Dan shows us how.”

Adam Grant, bestselling author of Originals, Give And Take and host of the TED podcast WorkLife

“Useful, uplifting and a joy to read.”

Robert Sutton, Stanford professor and author of The No Asshole Rule and Scaling Up Excellence

“Powerful and practical...if you want to see the very best of yourself, please devour this book.”

Marcus Buckingham, co-author of First, Break All the Rules and author of Go Put Your Strengths to Work


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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“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, this book 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


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…’

Dan Cable at TEDx video cover


On Our Seeking System

American Management Association

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