The CUInsight Experience podcast: Nick Tasler – Science of wonder (#142)

“As human beings, we never stop growing. We never stop evolving. And organizations should be the same." - Nick Tasler

Thank you for tuning in to episode 142 of The CUInsight Experience podcast with your host, Randy Smith, co-founder of This episode is brought to you by Elan Credit Card. Elan partners with more than 250 credit unions to provide an outsourced credit card program, and offers merchant and mortgage services for credit union members and business owners.

My guest on today’s show is Nick Tasler, an internationally-acclaimed thought leader, author, and keynote speaker for the upcoming CUInsight Mini-Con: GROW event on September 28. Nick is an organizational psychologist who focuses on the art and science of leadership in times of change. His timely message of courageous and creative leadership combined with his dynamic delivery style—whether onstage or virtual—has made him one of the most sought-after leadership speakers in the world.

During our conversation, Nick shares how you can turn unpredictable changes into meaningful and exciting adventures. He starts with a notion of “A Year of Wonders” that points out our ability and need to adapt. Nick expresses the importance of leading by example and  evolving as we find new solutions for the situations around us. He brings up the idea of psychological distancing as it relates to leaders, allowing them to be more mindful of their actions today when reflecting on moments in the future.

Nick and I chat about what fuels innovation within groups of people. Listen as Nick shares how organizations rediscovered their core identity during the pandemic. He discusses key traits that make a great leader in today’s business world. Later in the episode, he gives insight into situational leadership, and the rise in culture-driven decisions when building a team.

As we wrap up the show, Nick talks about his family, monster ballads, and why he feels connected to Warren Buffet. Enjoy my conversation with Nick Tasler!

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Show notes from this episode:
A big shout-out to our friends at Elan Credit Card, an amazing sponsor of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Thank you!
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Shout-out: CUInsight Mini-Con: Grow
Shout-out: Isaac Newton
Shout-out: Apple
Shout-out: Google
Shout-out: PayPal
Shout-out: Nick’s wife
Shout-out: Nick’s children
Shout-out: Don Corleone
Shout-out: The Godfather
Place mentioned: Houston, TX
Shout-out: Jack Welch
Shout-out: Warren Buffet
Place mentioned: Omaha, NE
Place mentioned: Iowa
Shout-out: Wall Street
Album mentioned: Monster Ballads (Compilation album)
Books mentioned: Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

In This Episode:
[00:52] – Nick Tasler says his journey is a series of taking chances.
[03:13] – Turn unpredictable changes into meaningful and exciting adventures.
[05:14] – What is “A Year of Wonders”?
[06:48] – Nick talks about observing how people and companies rediscovered their core identity during the pandemic.
[09:50] – Your current identity can best serve the environment you’re in.
[12:43] – Unexpected changes are a chance to find new solutions.
[15:13] – What can leaders do to lead innovation by example? Nick explains how to do psychological distancing.
[17:10] – Nick gives insight into situational leadership, and the rise in empathy-driven leaders.
[20:06] – Pay attention to how potential candidates fit with company culture.
[23:01] – Let people express themselves, and those who are meant to come will come.
[25:01] – Nick talks about the day his daughter was born.
[27:41] – Nick mentions his current favorite playlist.[29:49] – We’ll see you at Mini Con!

Randall Smith

Randall Smith

Randall Smith is the co-founder of, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust. As one of the co-founders of CUInsight he looks ... Web: Details