I am basically a research nerd who loves telling stories, exploring ideas, and coming up with new solutions to people problems. Every now and then, I stumble on to ideas that—with a little tweaking—work surprisingly well for real people. So in addition to writing books and delivering talks, I also have a company called Decision Pulse where most of the management consulting, data collection, and community-building happens.
When I was 28, the good folks at Simon & Schuster decided to publish my first book, The Impulse Factor which explored why some people have a pattern of making remarkably bold and risky choices in spite of being in the exact same situations as everyone else. It was a fun journey through genetics, history, political science, and psychology; and has now been published in a bunch of different languages all over the world (#HumbleBrag). A few years later, I wrote Why Quitters Win to help business leaders be more strategic and decisive in their everyday work. WQW is set to make its Asian debut in the next year or so. My newest book is called Domino: The Simplest Way to Inspire Change (Wiley, October 2015). As you probably guessed by the title, Domino helps team leaders adapt to change quicker.
So who on earth is buying all these crazy ideas? Thought you’d never ask. I consider myself insanely lucky to have worked with so many interesting people and great companies like (Caution: Shameless name-dropping dead ahead) General Electric, Microsoft, Wells Fargo, the Royal Bank of Canada, Yale University, Symantec, ExxonMobil, BP Amoco, Cargill, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Coca-Cola, UnitedHealth Group, the American Cancer Society, and a bunch of others.
But of all the interesting people I’ve been lucky enough to meet, I do have favorites. Namely, my wife, my three sons, and my baby girl. Whenever I’m tempted to be greedy, narcissistic and selfish (which is pretty much everyday), they help remind me of the purpose behind my work. In my most deluded moments, I honestly believe I can make the world a significantly better place by helping people make better decisions, and therefore I have an obligation to do that. To paraphrase Spiderman’s Uncle Ben—with great luck comes great responsibility, and I’m an awfully lucky guy.
Hope you enjoy your stay at NickTasler.com, a.k.a. the digital shrine I created to myself…which is somehow a socially acceptable thing to do on the Internet (#IdolWorship).