Like a regular gym to get physically fit, cognitive fitness requires constant practise as well because thinking isn’t a set but a dynamic state


- Oscar Venhuis CEO, EQ Lab


 The workplace crisis.

Now more than ever before fresh perspectives and new insights are needed to tackle today's pressing workplace emergency. The cost of organisational drag (the imposition of industrial work practices on post-industrial or digitised organisations) is estimated to be $9 trillion per annum in the OECD economies by economy professor Gary Hamel.

  • $450-550 billion per annum, cost of disengagement in US economy - Gallup
  • $2.4 trillion lost GDP US per annum, cost of distrust: 20% loss in productivity (HBR) + 63% of employees report distrusting their CEO in US - Edelman Trust Barometer
  • $360 billion per annum, cost of toxic bosses in the US economy - Forbes
  • $3,156 per employee, insomnia - HBR
  • $200-300 billion per annum, stress - Encyclopedia of Business, 2nd Ed
  • $8 billion in productivity, $16 million in turnover, bullying - Workplace Bullying Institute
  • $650 billion per annum, digital distractions and gossip - CFO Daily News
  • $73.1 billion per annum, bad eating habits & obesity - ABC News; note that Robert Lustig argues that the cost of nutrition related chronic illness will soon bankrupt Western medical systems, so this is a tiny drop in the overall whole.
  • $48.6 billion, workplace injuries and illnesses - American Society of Safety Engineers
  • $36 billion per annum, workplace violence - Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence
  • $75 billion per annum, grief  - Wall Street Journal
  • $600 billion per annum, thievery and fraud - Profiles International

Other addictive and extra-organisational behaviours, such as drinking, smoking, drugs and domestic violence (all of which can be intensified by workplace practices) can cost organisations tens of thousands per employee. Read more 'Work is killing us'.

.Finally, if the previous facts weren’t compelling  enough, the cost of organisational drag amounts to more than $3 trillion in lost economic output, or about 17% of GDP. That’s in the U.S. economy alone.


We’re here to change that.

Grounded in cognitive science and behavioural innovation, DILS is the backbone of our Cognitive Gym's Dialogic Courses, a pioneering solution for people to thrive in today's world and reduce organisational drag at scale and at speed.

DILS (Dialogic Innovation and Learning System) was co-created by EQ Lab's founders Dr. Richard Claydon and Oscar Venhuis to cultivate sustained cognitive performance. Conventional development programs for individuals and teams are offered in sprints; an intense weekend or a few days over several months of learning to address the status quo and dogmas. However, tackling deep-rooted cognitive biases, developing new sustained habits and changing the discourse of teams and organisational behaviour require more than a few micro learning or bite size learning hacks.

Cognitive Gym changes this and offers ongoing dialogic masterclasses. Like a gym, every month the cognitive gym schedule is reinvigorated with new courses by international and award-winning practitioners to elevate communication skills, challenge the status quo and develop complexity of thinking. Cognitive Gym accelerates thinking through a collaborative network of Extended Intelligence (EQ) and:

    • Makes learning more fun and engaging
    • Leads to better memory recall through active participation 
    • Makes learning faster in a collaborative setting
    • Helps to apply learning to work more quickly


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