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The subtitle to Thrive By Design: The Neuroscience that Drives High-Performance Cultures may scare you, but don’t let it. Don Rheem, CEO of E3 Solutions, lays out and summarizes the latest thinking on what drives employee engagement in high-performance cultures. Rheem circumvents the typical quick fix ideas and gimmicks found in many management self-help books to provide practical solutions grounded in the latest research in neuroscience and sociology.

An unintended mash-up of Lencioni’s The Advantage, Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else and Harter & Buckingham’s First Break All the Rules, What the World’s Greatest Managers Do DifferentlyThrive by Design provides leaders across an enterprise and all along the leadership continuum key insights for immediate application. Rheem explores how to cut loose the anchors of tired legacy leadership behaviors and move cultures forward more intentionally, but it’s the tools he uses to support these claims that make the book stand out among the dozens of other management titles published each year. Rheem grounds his arguments in contemporary neuroscience, focusing on how insights from current research can be applied by leaders trying to unlock the hidden potential of a team and get more meaningful input and output from people while they’re at work. I appreciated Rheem’s Chapter Insights and Action Steps offered at the end of each chapter – again, Rheem goes to great lengths to make his work broadly applicable in business settings, you can use this book to chart a better path forward right now.

Give this great book a read, and feel free to reach out to me with your thoughts. I’d like to hear your take, and I’m always happy to share how we at the Center for Leadership and Innovation are leveraging much of what Rheem offers to help our clients THRIVE!


With operational, change management and extensive OD experience, Marc brings over 20 years of learning, workforce development, leadership, training and executive coaching to his clients. Marc currently provides clients and organizations with a variety of leadership, strategy, organizational effectiveness, performance and executive coaching services through his work with UMBC Training Centers and through his consulting practice, Boomerang Consulting Group, LLC.

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