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STP049: Refractive Thinking and Productive Questioning with Dr. Cheryl Lentz

STP049: Refractive Thinking and Productive Questioning with Dr. Cheryl Lentz

Dr. Cheryl Lentz is an international best-selling author, professor, and speaker, also known as The Academic Entrepreneur. She has written and edited books on leadership, critical and refractive thinking, and more, including the multi-award winning series The Refractive Thinker, a collaboration of essays from around the world.

In this interview, we discuss how “refractive thinking” can help us move forward in business, including:

  • Defining success according to constructs from the digital age, rather than old methods
  • Changing how we conceive of business spaces to shift how we think about the nature of business itself
  • Identifying our own biases when listening to a customer
  • The importance of scheduling time to plan for the future (with reference to previous Smashing the Plateau guest Larry Sharpe!)
  • Seeing getting help as a sign of strength
  • What Einstein can teach us about being the silliest person in the room

As a university professor, speaker, and consultant, Dr. Lentz is an expert in teaching students to apply critical thinking skills to problem-solve in record time. She can be found on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and through her website,





About the author, David Shriner-Cahn

David is the podcast host and community builder behind Smashing the Plateau, an online platform offering resources, accountability, and camaraderie to high-performing professionals who are making the leap from the corporate career track to entrepreneurial business ownership.

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