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Ep 42: Wonder’s Place in the Workplace (Seriously), with Jeffrey Davis

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In today’s episode of The Veterinary Business Success Show, Brendan Howard is joined by Jeffrey Davis to discuss the concept of Wonder and its effects on one’s personal and professional life. 

Jeffrey Davis helps teams and individuals stay flexible, buoyant, and genuinely connected in this new world of work. He is an author, team culture consultant, innovation & thought leader strategist, speaker, and CEO of Tracking Wonder Consultancy. His latest book TRACKING WONDER: Reclaiming a Life of Meaning and Possibility in a World Obsessed with Productivity (Sounds True, 2021) is a Next Big Idea Club Finalist. For over 25 years, Jeffrey has worked with and inspired thousands of change-makers, creatives, and teams to unlock their best ideas through the pursuit of curiosity, innovation, and wonder. His ideas on wonder at work have been featured in publications as diverse as Fast Company, MindBodyGreen, and Spirituality & Health. He writes for Psychology Today and other outlets. He lives in the Hudson Valley of New York with his wife and two daughters. To learn more, visit

This episode gives an in-depth explanation of the concept of wonder. Jeffrey issues ideas not only based on his life experiences and also on findings from his studies in the field of psychology. 

Tune in to gain an insight into the six facets of Wonder and how they impact daily life.

Episode Outline

  • [00:00] Intro
  • [01:20] The episode starts with Howard Brendon asking Jeffery to describe what exactly Wonder means. 
  • [03:09] Jeffrey Davis explains how wonder psychologically results in both positive and negative emotions. 
  • [04:04] Brendon asks Jeffery to explain how he came up with the concept of wonder and how he thinks it affects not only people’s personal life but also their professional efficiency. 
  • [07:44] Jeffrey explains how he started the concept of wonder after experiencing unexpected adversities in life. 
  • [09:20] Brendan asks: what are your findings on how creative people weather through difficult moments?
  • [12:22] Jeffrey elucidates on when a wonderful event or activity in one’s life becomes sharable with others. 
  • [14:00] Jeffrey and Brendon discuss how “Wonder” is both a verb and a noun.
  • [14:24] Ad break. Learn More
  • [15:40] The episode resumes with Brendon asking Jeffery the role of curiosity and wonder in the formation of relationships among people. 
  • [16:20] Jeffrey explains the six facets of Wonder.
  • [20:08] Brendon and Jeffrey discuss curiosity and natural biases in places of work
  • [26:35] Jeffrey explains and gives instances where the thought of issuing a fast solution to people is either positive or negative
  • [30:16] What’s the one piece of advice you give to people who are bored or tired of their job?
  • [35:37] Outro. 

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