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    Bill Duane

    Working at the Intersection of

    Individual Performance, Organizational Effectiveness and the Future


    Working at the intersection of individual resilience and organizational effectiveness

    In a world that’s moving faster and less predictably, it’s crucial to develop ways of working that are not only effective but sustainable. Bill works at the intersection of individual resilience, organizational processes and the future, enabling innovation, transformation and managing complexity. Bill blends 12 years at Google and 10 years of consulting experience in healthcare, manufacturing, finance, telecom and media with studies in neuroscience, team effectiveness, mindfulness and the latest in well-being science.

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    COVID, anxiety, performance and seeing a path through crisis to better systems

    During crisis, operational and personal resilience require innovative thinking and interpersonal cohesion. CNBC’s Sharon Epperson speaks with Harvard psychologist Luana Marques and former Google performance guru Bill Duane to break down the science and offer up solutions to mitigate anxiety.

    Even before the pandemic struck, remote work was accelerating in the U.S. But the next few months will be a very strange test of our white-collar future.

    Hundreds of millions of people around the world were suffering from common mental health issues including anxiety and depression before Covid-19, and the scale of the health-care crisis has escalated as a result of the pandemic. But demand for mental health services is far outstripping the available supply of trained professionals. Machines are rising to the challenge as a first point of contact for struggling individuals, but just how far can the robot brain go in treating the mind of the human individual?​



    Wisdom Lab's podcast series Wise at Work covers practical ways to create a resilient, innovating organization.

    The Superintendent of Well-Being at Google discusses his morning routine and the book that changed his life.

    When you have the opportunity to ask some of the most interesting people in the world about their lives, sometimes the most fascinating answers come from the simplest questions. The Thrive Questionnaire is an ongoing series that gives an intimate look inside the lives of some of the world’s most successful people.

  • For Profit Work

    changing the way we work

    Bill Duane and Associates

    Consulting, Keynotes and Workshops

    The world is increasingly chaotic and unpredictable, yet requires strategic vision, constant innovation and interpersonal cohesion in order to be both effective and happy. The bad news is we’re wired to stress out early and often, which gets in in the way of way of being effective and happy. The good news is there are concrete things you can do at the individual and organizational levels to be more skillful. Informed by neuroscience, complexity theory, mindfulness and 12 years of being an executive at Google, I can tell you about them. ​

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    Principal Strategist at Benevolently

    Benevolently is social venture enterprise aimed at generating Empathy, Gratitude, and Kindness in Communities and Enterprises. We utilize an AI and Machine Learning approach to provide curated opportunities to people who are willing to help others in need, without expectation of return.

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    Consultant at Google

    Advising the Benefits, Learning and Development, Ethics and Compliance, Google for Entrepreneurs and Google for Education orgs on strategy and tactics around sustainable high performance . Keynotes for large external events. Family!

  • Nonprofit Work

    Strategy and Implementation Lead at the Center for the Study of Apparent Selves

    Distilling Synergistic Value between Buddhism and AI


    The ancient practices and philosophy of Buddhist monastics may seem to have little relation to the current headlines about the promises and perils of artificial intelligence. However, ego-less compassion, non-discursive intelligence, and other such key Buddhist concepts hold—when rigorously unpacked, translated and made applicable to real world AI concerns—the promise of addressing key AI issues, such as moral decisions, unexpected consequences, human flourishing and exploring the similarities and differences between human and machine intelligences.


    Fellowship Advisor At RSF social Finance

    RSF fellows are financial activists leveraging capital as a tool for positive change. Bill advises RSF Fellows on:

    • Career envisioning and implementation
    • Personal development
    • Managing audacious goals and burnout
    • Effective teams and organizations
    • Creating organizational culture
    • Fostering innovation and social change

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    Board Member at Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute

    SIYLI was born at Google to take the world renowned Search Inside Yourself mindfulness based emotional intelligence class to the world. Over 20,000 people have taken the SIY program in more than 100 cities.

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