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Coaching for Leaders
Coaching for Leaders
Dave Stachowiak
508: How to Be More Inclusive, with Stefanie Johnson
Stefanie Johnson: Inclusify Stefanie Johnson is an author, professor, and keynote speaker who studies the intersection of leadership and diversity, focusing on how unconscious bias affects the evaluation of leaders and strategies that leaders can use to mitigate bias. Stefanie is an associate professor at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business, teaching courses on leadership and inclusion. She is also a member of the Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches program and was selected for the 2020 Thinkers50 Radar List. She is a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review and many other publications. In this conversation, Stefanie and I discuss her book Inclusify: The Power of Uniqueness and Belonging to Build Innovative Teams*. We look at how optimism may get in the way of building an inclusive workforce. Plus, Stefanie invites leaders to make public commitments and begin using metrics to track performance. Key Points Our two most basic human desires are to be unique and to belong. Leaders often end up with either cohesive teams of people who all act similarly or a lot of diverse individuals who don’t gel. Optimists intend well, but don’t initiate real change unless something triggers them to do so. Optimists should be more public with their commitment to be champions for uniqueness and belonging. Organizations and leaders should set metrics for diversity, just as they do for almost everything else. Resources Mentioned Inclusify: The Power of Uniqueness and Belonging to Build Innovative Teams* by Stefanie Johnson Inclusify Card Games by Stefanie Johnson Book Notes Download my interview notes in PDF format (free membership required). Related Episodes How to Make Inclusion Happen, with Deepa Purushothaman (episode 307) How to Lead Meetings That Get Results, with Mamie Kanfer Stewart (episode 358) How to Support Women of Color, with Minda Harts (episode 506) Discover More Activate your free membership for full access to the entire library of interviews since 2011, searchable by topic.
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Podcast Notes
110: Michael Saylor – The Physics of Bitcoin
Into the Impossible With Brian Keating Podcast Notes Key Takeaways * The virtual wave: “You can Zoom anywhere at the speed of light and bend time and space” – Michael Saylor * You can, from your living room, have meetings all over the world, record something, and share it across time, or share auto-translations across cultures * Money is a technology to store and trade value. The easier something is to produce, the weaker it is as money * Bitcoin is a decentralized system running on thousands of nodes, to overtake the Bitcoin network one has to overtake all of its nodes * Money is stored energy, it’s the apex of all energies because anything can be converted into money * Bitcoin is rapidly growing and capturing the monetary energy of traditional assets * Bitcoin is a closed system, similar to mathematics and physics. In such systems, energy cannot be created or destroyed and 2+2=4 * By contrast, the fiat monetary system leaks monetary energy whenever a banker prints money, akin to sucking out temperature till you freeze * The power to print money is the source of all wealth and power discrepancies in our society, Bitcoin fixes the Cantillon effect * Educational curriculums should be openly available online with people progressing at their own pace * A handful of good teachers captured online can teach the next billion people * “Technology Fails Until It Succeeds” – Michael Saylor Read the full notes @ podcastnotes.org Michael J. Saylor is an American entrepreneur and business executive, who co-founded & leads MicroStrategy, a company that provides business intelligence, mobile software, and cloud-based services. Saylor, an MIT trained engineer, authored the 2012 book The Mobile Wave: How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything. He is also the sole trustee of Saylor Academy ( www.saylor.org ), […]
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The Reader's Journey
The Reader's Journey
Alex & Books
17. Scott Young: How To Learn Skills Faster & Retain More of What You've Learned
My guest today is Scott Young, the bestselling author of Ultralearning: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition, and Accelerate Your Career. Scott is a prolific writer who writes about learning, productivity, and habits. He is known for documenting learning challenges such as completing 4-years of MIT computer science classes in one year and learning four languages in one year. In our conversation, Scott talks about how to learn skills faster, the paradox of learning and why sometimes learning strategies that feel that easiest are the least effective, how to remember more from the books you’ve read, how to prevent yourself from forgetting a skill, and much more. *TIMESTAMPS:* * [00:44] - What is Ultralearning?   * [04:02] - How Scott completed 4 years of MIT classes in 12 months   * [08:37] - How to deal with distraction and procrastination   * [13:08] - The importance of direct learning   * [20:20] - The paradox of learning (sometimes learning that feels easy is the least effective)   * [26:31] - How to remember more of what you’ve learned & prevent yourself from forgetting information  * [29:25] - Why you want to space your learning and not cram for an exam  * [31:15] - How to remember more from the books you’ve read * [37:55] - Advice to people starting their first ultralearning project   * [40:26] - How to maintain skills and prevent yourself from losing them   * [45:40] - How to raise your kids to be ultralearners  * [50:50] - Two books that changed Scott’s life Learn more about the author: * Twitter: @ScottHYoung * Website: scotthyoung.com *** If you enjoyed this podcast, please subscribe & write a positive review. Every week, I send out a free weekly newsletter with actionable advice from amazing books. Join 4,200+ readers here. *Connect with Alex & Books:* * Twitter: @alexandbooks_ * Instagram: @alexandbooks_ * YouTube: Alex and Books
56 min
North Star Podcast
North Star Podcast
David Perell
Trevor Bauer: Playing Professional Baseball
My guest today is Trevor Bauer, who is arguably the very best pitcher in Major League Baseball. In 2020, he had the lowest Earned Run Average of any pitcher and won the National League Cy Young Award, which goes to the top pitcher in the game. I wanted to interview Trevor not only because he's an excellent pitcher, but because he takes a radical approach to the game. He's a physicist and a scientist. A scholar and an entrepreneur. And you don't find that combination very often. Furthermore, he might be the most polarizing figure in baseball. Some people love him; some people hate him. But every fan has an opinion on him. Off the field, he's the founder of Momentum, athlete-driven media company that uses storytelling to connect athletes and fans. To build it, he started a podcast and a YouTube vlog where he talks about pitching mechanics and what it's like to play professional baseball. Personally, this was one of the coolest episodes I've ever recorded. I grew up as an avid San Francisco Giants fan, and I still remember getting to the field early to get autographs and catch baseballs during batting practice. This interview would have made little 8-year old David proud, and I'm lucky to share it with you today. Please enjoy my conversation with Trevor Bauer. ____________________________ Show Notes 2:18 - How Trevor would change the way baseball is marketed and to whom it should be pitched. 5:45 - Why updating the game for a modern audience would be difficult, despite what Trevor believes would be a successful move. 11:23 - Why there aren't many unique fields like in San Francisco or Boston. 15:10 - How baseball is not being evangelized well by the people who could be doing it most easily. 19:51 - How general scientific literacy can and should be improved through sports. 23:28 - What it takes for Trevor to scientifically design his pitches and then implement them in a game. 31:00 - The business of baseball, and how Trevor has learned to maneuver its quirks and difficulties. 37:13 - If could choose anybody, who else in the sports world and beyond Trevor would want to talk to. 42:15 - How Trevor looks into the future to superpower his game. 48:07 - The dangers of getting too in-depth in analyzing your game, and how it can hurt you. 54:43 - Why you should practice analytically and perform intuitively. 56:13 - What breathing techniques Trevor employs in his game. 58:18 - The different aspects of building a business and how Trevor is handling each element differently. 1:07:30 - Why Trevor's actual goals in his work and his game aren't covered by the media. 1:10:44 - How his father helped Trevor succeed in baseball by giving him the tools he needed to work hard.
1 hr 14 min
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