Denver: We’re going to do a Take Five with Paul Zak, the author of The Trust Factor: The Science of Creating High-Performance Companies. Are you ready, Paul?

Paul: Ready to go.

Denver: What should we be worried about?

Paul: Each other.

Denver: What is one of your favorite documentaries or movies?

Paul: Oh gosh, I just saw Dunkirk.

Denver: What is today’s most under-reported story?

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Paul: The care we show for each other.

Denver: is there something really weird or unsettling that happens to you on a regular basis?

Paul: Yeah, when I travel, I can sleep anywhere, like on the floor.

Denver: What is something you believe that other people think is just insane?

Paul: That the world is getting better and better.

Denver: Some organization or person that you have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for?

Paul: Oh gosh. There’s so many. I’m delaying. Personal or organization — The Dalai Lama.

Denver: Tell us an interesting part of your morning ritual?

Paul: I don’t get dressed. I go right to my desk with a robe.

Denver: What is the most important thing that makes for a healthy organizational culture?

Paul: Love.

Denver: What did you change your mind about in the last 10 years and why?

Paul: Oh, four thousand different things. I changed my mind when evidence accumulates, so I’m a hardcore scientist.

Denver: When was the last time that you were voluntarily disconnected from all your devices?

Paul: Two days ago in the Andes in Columbia.

Denver: If you were a kitchen utensil, what would you be?

Paul: A spatula. I want to flip.

Denver: What do you wish more people would be open and honest about?

Paul: Their feelings.

Denver: If you were to start your career all over again and do something completely different and away from this field, what would that be?

Paul: Landscape architect.

Denver: What is your super power?

Paul: Love is my super power.

Denver: If you can have one gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it, what would it say?

Paul: I love this! It would have my face and say, “Call me for help”, and there will be no number.

Denver: What is something, whether it’s related to your work or not, that you’re really excited about at the moment?

Paul: I hate to play this card, but my kids are the most extraordinary human beings on the planet.

Denver: What are you currently reading right now?

Paul: I am reading a book about undercover agents in the US, FBI, who are weeding out terrorism. A fascinating book.

Denver: Other than anything that you’ve authored, what one book would you give as a gift?

Paul: Oh gosh, I’ve given so many books as gifts. A book called Revenge, A Story of Hope.

Denver: What topic would you speak about if you were asked to give a TED talk on something completely outside your main area of expertise?

Paul: Oh, I did give a TED talk. I would talk about how weird humans are and that world so much more interesting.

Denver: What is something about you that very few people know?

Paul: I have ginormous feet.

Denver: Given the choice of anyone famous in the world, dead or alive, that you could invite over as a dinner guest, who that be?

Paul: I’m a huge George Washington fan, I’ll say George Washington.

Denver: What advice would you give to your 20-year-old self?

Paul: Keep grinding away.

Denver: Finally, do you have a quote you live your life by or think of often?

Paul: Oh that’s a good one. My algorithm for an effective life is something I call love plus. So, every interaction I have, I try to add love into the world. So, I want to make people around me happier, and I think if we do that, then we ourselves will also be happy.

Denver: Fantastic. Thank you so much, Paul.

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