Guy Winch

Author of Emotional First Aid 

“In Whatever Works, psychologist Thalma Lobel shares the surprising and unexpected ways small tweaks can have a big impact on our performance and success at work as well as our general job satisfaction. From mind hacks for increasing concentration to tricks for boosting creativity, there is a lot here for employers and employees alike. The great watercooler talking points alone are worth their weight in office cred. Fun, practical, and important!”—Guy Winch, author of Emotional First Aid and three-time TED Talk speaker


Whatever Works: The Small Cues that Make a Surprising Difference in Our Success at Work – and How to Create a Happier Office is a significant new book on a time-tested theme – one gaining additional layers of significance when considering the technological changes sweeping over the workplace over the last three decades and other unforeseen phenomena such as the COVID-19 pandemic. It is Thalma Lobel’s second book.. read more


Her academic credentials and considerable experience with the subject matter never warps her personality. She comes off every bit as human as her readers and exudes a genuine aura of investment in people making the most of her methods and prescriptions. It’s a hallmark of the most effective books of this type... read more

Tal Ben Shahar,

New York Times bestselling author of Happier

“Simple, accessible, profound. This book will help you introduce small changes to your environment that can make a big difference in your life. Thalma Lobel provides a blueprint for increasing levels of happiness and health, as well as success.”
—Tal Ben Shahar, New York Times bestselling author of Happier

Efrat Dagan

head of talent at Next Insurance

“Whatever Works challenges the notion that ‘anything works.’ It presents a wonderful opportunity of using a growing body of research in an effort to improve life and work in simple but very effective ways.”
—Efrat Dagan, head of talent at Next Insurance and former head of talent at both Google and Lyft

Jason Hillenburg

"Lobel has written a comprehensive yet never exhaustive account of the qualities that define a forward-thinking and moving office environment, but she's also laid a roadmap you can adopt for many situations in life. "Whatever Works" is a fantastic sophomore effort for this writer and intellect. It will likely make a positive impression on many readers"- jason hillenburg .. read more 

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Adrian Furnham

author of 50 Psychology Ideas You Really Need to Know

“Professor Lobel has written a quite unputdownable, highly accessible, and personal book. The range of topics covered is very wide and she weaves together studies from many different areas of psychology. Most important, the book is strongly evidence-based, which reflects her wide and critical reading. The book rejoices in counterintuitive findings and certainly leads you to rethink many of the things you experience in the workplace. This will definitely be a bestseller!”
—Adrian Furnham, author of 50 Psychology Ideas You Really Need to Know and professor of psychology at University College London

And many more.. 

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