Dr. Cheryl Lentz is an international best-selling author, professor, and speaker, also known as The Academic Entrepreneur. She has written and edited books on leadership, critical and refractive thinking, and more, including the multi-award winning series The Refractive Thinker, a collaboration of essays from around the world.
In this interview, we discuss how “refractive thinking” can help us move forward in business, including:
Defining success according to constructs from the digital age, rather than old methods
Changing how we conceive of business spaces to shift how we think about the nature of business itself
Identifying our own biases when listening to a customer
The importance of scheduling time to plan for the future (with reference to previous Smashing the Plateau guest Larry Sharpe!)
Seeing getting help as a sign of strength
What Einstein can teach us about being the silliest person in the room
As a university professor, speaker, and consultant, Dr. Lentz is an expert in teaching students to apply critical thinking skills to problem-solve in record time. She can be found on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and through her website, www.drcheryllentz.com.