36: Breaking down the cult of leadership with Bob Gower
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David Elikwu speaks with Bob Gower, an author, speaker, and consultant, who cares deeply about creating organizations that are a net positive for the world.

Bob Gower assists leaders in aligning their teams on all levels in order to achieve optimal performance.

He is the author of two books, Agile Business: A Leader's Guide to Harnessing Complexity and Radical Alignment: How to Have Game-Changing Conversations to Transform Your Business and Life, as well as a former contributor to the Huffington Post and Inc.

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Connect with Bob Gower:

Twitter: @gower_bob

Books: Radical Alignment

Website: bobgower.com

Show notes:

Let's dig into the background as a whole [2:31]

The Hypocrisy of Prosperity gospel [5:03]

Daniel Kahneman writer of Thinking Fast and Slow [13:16]

The quality of the question rather than the quality of the answer [21:57]

Emotional Agility by Susan David [26:00]

How do groups of people come together to do things [28:13]

On our own as individual humans, we're actually so useless [31:09]

The social conquest of earth by EO Wilson [34:59]

Great leaders, charismatic but do seem to be jerks [40:01]

What made Jobโ€™s a great leader [41:29]

The cults of Silicon Valley [48:55]

When people use the meaning and significance [49:39]

Most valuable piece a leader to have [54:25]

Mentioned in the show:

Pentecostal Christianity

Zen Buddhism

Daniel Kahneman

Escape from Freedom

Ernest Becker

Eric Fromm

Emotional Agility

Descartes' Error

Denial of death

Social Conquest of Earth

EO Wilson

Radical Alignment

Antonio Demasio

Susan David

Steve Jobs

Elon Musk

Larry Ellison

Elizabeth Holmes


Maslowโ€™s Hierarchy

Adam Newman


Kim Scott

Just Work

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