Dr. Diane Hamilton's Blog

Getting RealReal with Zaina Orbai

What an incredible conversation I had with Zaina Orbai who is the Chief People Officer at The RealReal on Leader’s Playbook, which is part of Global Mentor Network. Thuy Vu and I take turns hosting and we learn so much from the best of the best in HR leadership. I hope you check it out and would love to hear feedback. Thanks again, Zaina! You had such wonderful insights!

Listen here ➡️ http://ow.ly/vmpr50J4uFT

Overcoming Fear is Required for Growth

I talk to many people about what it takes to be successful. Since I focus on the importance of developing curiosity, I often get questioned about whether I have ever had to overcome fear in my quest to learn new things. I think everyone experiences fear. The real question is whether we let it keep us from exploring opportunities. Currently, I am a radio host, speaker, and author. In every job, there is a day one where we must do the job for the very first time. I can remember many of those days well. I thought it might be fun to look back at the first moments (short clips) of recordings from some of the things I did that could have easily intimidated me to the point where I might have let fear overcome my desire to do the thing that ended up helping me grow and develop my curiosity.

Continue reading “Overcoming Fear is Required for Growth”

The Top 10 Most Asked Questions Regarding the Curiosity Code Index®?

With the January 28, 2019 launch of the book Cracking the Curiosity Code and the Curiosity Code Index® (CCI) assessment, I have noticed in many of the interviews I have given, there are similar questions that have come up, and I think they are important to address here.

Continue reading “The Top 10 Most Asked Questions Regarding the Curiosity Code Index®?”

Chad E. Cooper and Ron Klein

Advisor to C-suite executives in Fortune 500 companies advising leadership service, operation, and strategy Chad E. Cooper and the Grandfather of Possibilities creator of the MLS and credit card validity…

Continue reading “Chad E. Cooper and Ron Klein”

Has a Book Become the New Business Card?

With the advent of self-publishing, realizing the dream of writing a book has become a reality for more people.  Many guests on my nationally-syndicated radio show have been authors. I was fortunate to interview Sharon Lechter recently, and she brought up how a book has become the new business card.  Sharon, of course, is the co-author of the Rich Dad Poor Dad series and several best-selling books based on the recently re-energized Napoleon Hill Think and Grow Rich series.  Sharon is the ultimate example of a successful author.  Most authors do not have Napoleon Hill Foundation behind their work.  However, many have access to sites like Createspace and others to showcase their writing skills. Continue reading “Has a Book Become the New Business Card?”

One Key Word That Impacts Intelligence, Engagement, Sales, Soft Skills, Gamification, and Millennials


There is an emotional component behind most of the things that will make or break employees’ and leaders’ success.  When someone first hears the word emotion, it may suggest emotional intelligence.  Developing emotional intelligence is one important factor that has been demonstrated to lead to success.  However, that is just part of the picture. Continue reading “One Key Word That Impacts Intelligence, Engagement, Sales, Soft Skills, Gamification, and Millennials”

Will Managers and Leaders be Replaced with AI?

 AIAs technology becomes more sophisticated, some activities previously completed by employees can be handled by computer programs.  HR professionals have already found that AI can perform candidate searches and determine best matches for jobs.  Using technology can help make candidate reviews more manageable.    AI can even monitor email to determine if employees are engaged at work and notify leaders of those who may be ready to leave the company.  Some companies already offer some AI-related assistance to track candidates or monitor workers. Some examples include SAP, Entelo, Veriato, and Bluvision. It is possible to receive alerts if employees have poor performance or if they are not where they should be at work. Continue reading “Will Managers and Leaders be Replaced with AI?”

First IQ, then EQ: Leaders Must Now Also Have CQ

Cultural Quotient.jpg

If IQ is a measure of intelligence, EQ a measure of emotional intelligence, then what is CQ? In each of these cases, the Q stands for quotient, which means a measure or degree of that characteristic. The Cultural Intelligence Center defines CQ as, “the capability to relate and work effectively in culturally diverse situations. It goes beyond existing notions of cultural sensitivity and awareness to highlight a theoretically-based set of capabilities needed to successfully and respectfully accomplish your objectives in culturally diverse settings.” Companies are becoming more culturally diverse, and that means leaders must adapt. Continue reading “First IQ, then EQ: Leaders Must Now Also Have CQ”

How to Develop Top Soft Skills Not Learned at School or Work


Job listings often describe the skills needed to perform in a position. However, many of the skills required for success fall under the category of soft skills.  Many employees may be hired for their knowledge and yet may end up being fired for their behavior or lack of social skills.  Forbes reported that 46% of newly hired employees will fail within 18 months.  Mitchell Communications Group found that companies lose $37 billion a year in the United States due to miscommunication.  Research from Adecco Staffing considered what the C-suite thinks about the type of skills employees lack. They found that the C-suite believed 44% lacked soft skills including communication, critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration.  This has led to missed growth opportunity, low productivity, and reduced profits. Continue reading “How to Develop Top Soft Skills Not Learned at School or Work”

What Leaders Need to Know About Engagement


Gallup’s 2016 survey results have shed light on how poor engagement is in the workplace.  If only 13% of workers feel engaged, there are serious consequences for productivity, turnover, and team effectiveness.  Managers may be instrumental in encouraging employees and helping them improve their levels of engagement.  Gallup (2016) focuses on 12 elements that are important to having effective and productive workers, which include: Continue reading “What Leaders Need to Know About Engagement”