Leadership by Design: Improving ROI Through Integrity, Alignment, and Agency with Paul Nappe & Philippe Bouissou

Original Air Date Wednesday, March 10, 2021 

We all want a good return on our investment (ROI), especially when we invest in ourselves or our creative ideas. Decision-making can become cloudy when we limit the use of our intuition or when we are not in alignment with the purpose of our business. Without the right tools, it becomes easy to get stuck in the mire or to not advocate for ourselves in the best way possible. To unearth the tools experienced business leaders and educators use to advance the growth of themselves and their businesses with positive ROI, Positive Psychology Podcast Host Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with two scholars who authored books on how to make leadership, lives and businesses sustainable. Paul Napper discusses key elements of his book, The Power of Agency, and the challenges many people face when making decisions in this overstimulated world. And, Philippe Bouissou shares takeaways that make his book, Aligning the Dots, a litmus test for entrepreneurs when creating a successful and sustainable business with the right leadership.

Paul Napper Ph.D. — Improving ROI Through Personal Agency:

  • Defining agency and things that get in the way of us doing what is best for ourselves. [1:40]
  • People use intuition to make decisions much more than they believe they do. [4:56]
  • How to raise the level of agency you have over your life. [6:50]
  • Paul Napper shares the 7 Principles of Agency  for successful ROI. [8:12]
  • Enhancing discernment abilities in the face of overwhelming demands. [19:02]
  • An example of a judge using the seven principles to make a courageous independent decision in a trial. [22:47]

Man with black jacket in clear background, image of new episode of positive psychology podcast Harvesting Happiness Talk Radio about leadership, roi and design with Paul Napper Ph.D. & Philippe Bouissou, Ph.D.Paul Napper, Ph.D., leads a management psychology practice. His client list includes Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, universities, and start-ups. He has held an advanced fellowship during a three-year academic appointment at Harvard Medical School. 

Book: The Power of Agency: The 7 Principles to Conquer Obstacles, Make Effective Decisions, and Create a Life on Your Own Terms


Perform Psych Website

@DrPaulNapper on Twitter

Philippe Bouissou Ph.D. — Leadership by Design:

  • In his new book, Aligning the Dots, Philippe expounds on the importance of growth and leadership to any and all entities. [32:26]
  • Philippe describes the four universal axes of alignment. [35:21]
  • Philippe loves supporting entrepreneurs because theirs is a fascinating journey. [40:49]
  • Counter-intuitive thinking is critical for growth in any part of life. [43:37]
  • Everyone contemplating a new business should run the idea through the four universal axes of alignment. [47:27]
  • How the pandemic may change the world of business. [52:18]

Man with dark hair and blue shirt on a clear background, guest of Harvesting Happiness Talk Radio episode about leadership, roi and design with Paul Napper Ph.D. & Philippe Bouissou, Ph.D.Philippe Bouissou, Ph.D. has spent three decades in Silicon Valley as an entrepreneur, CEO, venture capitalist, and management consultant. He is co-founder and Managing Partner at Blue Dots Partners LLC, a management consulting firm focused on top-line revenue acceleration for companies or business units with revenues between $10 million and $1 billion.

Book: Aligning the Dots: The New Paradigm to Grow Any Business


Philippe Bouissou Website

@PHBouissou on Twitter

This episode of Harvesting Happiness Talk Radio about leadership, ROI and design is sponsored by:

Green Chef Great food and happiness go hand-in-hand. Green Chef is the first USDA-certified organic meal kit company delivering fresh, clean, nutrition-packed, seasonally sourced hearty chow to your front door. No matter your diet type. Take the stress and mess out of cooking. For $90 off your order and free shipping go to GreenChef.com/90HH. 

IndeedIf you are currently online talent recruiting for your company, you need Indeed. 73% of online job seekers visit Indeed each month. If you want a quality short-list of qualified candidates fast, Indeed is here to help meet your employee recruiting and workforce hiring needs. Through March 31st, 2021, Harvesting Happiness listeners get a $75 credit to upgrade a job post, visit Indeed.com/HH to claim your free credit.

Are We Happy Yet? Eight Keys to Unlocking a Joyful Life A boot camp manual for greater emotional fitness. Happiness waits for no one and sometimes we all need support. What is getting in the way of your happiness right now?

HFactor: Where is Your Heart? — Lisa’s documentary film that explores the journey of human happiness. Emotions are contagious and happiness is a universally desired state. We tend to forget we all have the freedom to be happy or the liberty to be miserable each day.



“Emotions are not fact-based.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet “We tend to feel most happy when we feel in charge of ourselves and our lives.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“As human beings, we crave not so much happiness but really the absence of suffering is what we are really after. ” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“We all have an agent within ourselves we can activate to help us to advocate for ourselves.” @DrPaulNapper on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Most of the decisions we make are through fast thinking. Fast thinking is automatic and intuitive.” @DrPaulNapper on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“You can think of agency as a pathway to your own personal power in life. It feels good to have access to our agency.” @DrPaulNapper on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“When our anxiety level increases it comprises our capacity to think and reflect.” @DrPaulNapper on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Beliefs become self-limiting. Beliefs are meant to be updated.” @DrPaulNapper on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Intuition is a very important part of how we think. It can improve the quality of the choices we make.” @DrPaulNapper on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“It has become challenging to make sense of the environment we all inhabit. We are all in over our heads these days.” @DrPaulNapper on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Growth is critical because it is the only way to generate real and sustainable shareholder value. Growth is a matter of survival.” @PHBouissou on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“The universe is growing. Life is not static. We, humans, are in a transitional state. We are an unstable set of molecules. The notion of something being static does not exist.” @PHBouissou on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“A business can not achieve its growth potential if it is not fundamentally aligned with its target market.” @PHBouissou on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet”“One Click To Tweet, there is only one business on this planet. That unique business is the manufacturing and delivery of delight.” @PHBouissou on @HH_TalkRadio” username=”LisaKamen”]“Counter-intuitive thinking is critical for growth in any part of life.” @PHBouissou on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Anyone who wants to run a business should run the business through the four axes. That will answer and unearth a lot of questions.” @PHBouissou on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet



Cognitive Immunity: The Moral Mind of Critical Thinkers

Cognitive Immunity: The Moral Mind of Critical Thinkers

Cognitive Immunity: The Moral Mind of Critical Thinkers with Andy Norman Ph.D. & Allen Buchanan Ph.D. Original Air Date Wednesday, August 3, 2022  Most people want to be happy. Yet, the moral fabric of society lays prey to degradation caused by our evolutionary...

read more
Rising Adult Professionals: Stand-Up, Stand-Out, and Succeed

Rising Adult Professionals: Stand-Up, Stand-Out, and Succeed

Rising Adult Professionals: Stand-Up, Stand-Out, and Succeed with Julie Lythcott-Haims & Mark Zides Original Air Date Wednesday, June 15, 2022  Today’s job market is a stark contrast to the job market of 20-years ago. Millennials and Gen Z’ers who are entering the...

read more