What if you or your company, could be improved by crisis?

On the podcast I have conversations with thought leaders from a variety of fields to get their experiences, ideas or research on how people and companies handle present day challenges or problematic futures. If there are concepts, systems or pragmatic philosophies that can help, I want to learn them.

The show is long-form and despite the fact that I’m scratching my own itch and even through frequently dumb questions, the guests are game, very insightful and often inspirational.

I’m learning a lot, I think you will too.

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What does the 2007 financial crisis, the Fukushima nuclear accident, Three Mile Island, Deepwater Horizon and the 2017 Academy Awards “best picture” Oscar ceremony, all have in common? The small things. Or rather, lots of tightly coupled small things that are overlooked due to complexity or ignored due to culture. Here's how to “build” an accident...
This episode is about where you spend the majority of your life - your work: why you do it, how you do it, changing where you do it and how companies should measure it. On this podcast I talk with Fred Kaufman. Fred is the former vice president of executive development at Linkedin ...
In our personal or professional lives there are things we all want to do that are just not getting done. Whether it’s learning a new skill, taking up a new activity or big things like reinventing ourselves to fit a new market, our default effort into doing these things seem to be some sort of goal setting or time management method. 
All decisions have tradeoffs, risk vs. reward. We have to make choices that have costs yet many factors involved are often hidden. So how do you make good decisions in the face of uncertainty? These are challenges inherent in the game of poker and in poker, as in life, there is a difference between a good decision and a good outcome. For two decades Annie Duke was one of the top poker players in the world.
This is a podcast about training how you want to exist in the world. Your training how to do this everyday. If you're existing in a consistently negative state  - angry, fearful, stressful - that's the habit you're unconsciously training. My guest on this podcast says a (meditation) practice "is an opportunity to train something different, to explore a different way of being. ​​"
Rory Sutherland is one of the most admired and influential intellects in advertising. He is also one of the most interesting and witty people I've had the privilege talking to. Rory is Vice Chairman of Ogilvy & Mather and co-founder of Ogilvy Change, a behavioral science practice were he co-heads a team of psychology graduates who look for "butterfly effects" in consumer behavior - these are the very small contextual changes which can have enormous effects on the decisions people make.
What would you do if your child was diagnosed with a debilitating autoimmune disease and every treatment protocol was not working? The medications prescribed are not only ineffective but come with even worse negative physical side effects. What do you do? What's possible, medically, mentally and physically, is the topic of this podcast.
My guest on this episode is Marisa Peer. Marisa is a best selling author, motivational speaker and a pioneering therapist in the UK. Marissa was named best British therapist by Men's Health magazine and is featured in Tatler guide to Britain's 250 best doctors. Over the last 25 years Marissa has spent time with an extensive client list that includes rock stars, actors, royalty, professional and Olympic athletes, CEO's, and a variety of media personalities.
I'm sure everybody listening to this podcast has dealt with or is currently dealing with a jerk, and it's likely some work situation as you can't always choose who you work with. But it could be someone you have to live with or interact with like family or a friend. If you have anyone in your life like that who is driving you crazy I would listen to this podcast and take notes because it's gold.
Unfortunately in the coming year some of you will be fired, divorced, passed over for promotion, out of business, kicked out by a board, you name it, because you never knew what you were getting wrong - or how you were perceived in the marketplace, at work or at home.
Caroline is the author of the best selling book Getting Grit (2017) For almost three decades has been a pioneer with her ground-breaking work in the areas of goal setting, accomplishment, grit, happiness and success. She is recognized as one of the world’s leading positive psychology experts on this research and how it can be applied to one’s life for maximum transformation and growth. In 2015 she was named “one of the ten positive psychology coaches to follow.”
How can a company “fail well” and use failure as a catalyst for innovation? Ashley Good is the CEO and Founder of Fail Forward – the world’s first failure consultancy – that supports people and organizations to acknowledge and adapt to failure in pursuit of innovation.  They do this by offering clients a set of tools and best practices to deal with failure intelligently.
Ryan Babineaux has Ph.D in Educational Psychology from Stanford and an M.Ed in Psychology from Harvard. He is the co-creator of the popular Stanford course “Fail Fast, Fail Often,” and in his best selling book of the same name, discovered after working with thousands of people, that those who were successful seemed to have had less fear of mistakes.They spent less time planning and more time acting.
To say James Altucher is an interesting guy may be a gross understatement. He’s a computer programmer, venture capitalist, former hedge fund manager, successful author, financial journalist, serial founder (20 companies), CEO, publisher, popular podcaster, chess master. He doesn't own anything, lives exclusively in AirBnBs, does stand-up bits on subway trains. He's been described as ...
Tech companies pay big money to UX designers and engineers to create devices and apps that grab and keep your attention. They high want high engagement metrics. They need you to spend time in an app or a video and to come back, over and over. We all know it impacts our productivity but what about
At the age of 36 and as a mother of three with a busy solo practice in internal medicine Wendy was diagnosed with stage three non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
Is everything you know about “success” wrong? Maybe not everything, but a hell of a lot of what we’ve been taught about achievement may be simplistic at best. Eric's blog, Barking Up the Wrong Tree, has almost 300,000 subscribers and his recent WSJ best-seller of the same name, subtitled "The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong" is also the topic of this podcast. The good news is, there is ...
"There's a policeman on the phone for you.” It's the phone call everyone dreads, especially parents. In May of 2014, Lucy Hone’s 12 yr old daughter, Abi, was killed in a tragic car accident along with her best friend Ella and Lucy’s best friend Sally. Lucy said her life was smashed, as she put it, “...your entire life scheme - your life story, your identity - has been smashed to smithereens
When you open Scott Carney's new book you get this: “WARNING! No one should attempt any of these methods or practices without appropriate experience, training, fitness level, doctor approval and supervision…” You quickly learn why. It documents people using unusual training techniques in very extreme conditions. Scott, an investigative journalist, is out to prove the man (Wim Hoff) teaching this stuff is a charlatan and his techniques destined to kill people.
Dr. David Burns says most of the time thoughts that upset you will be distorted. He says they're frauds and depression is a con. He should know. David is the Adjunct Clinical Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine and a pioneer in CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). On our podcast Dr. Burns tells the story of a woman diagnosed with terminal cancer who
Isaac Lidsky’s TED talk was viewed more than a million times in its first 20 days. It has a mid preso reveal I’ll spoil for you here - he is blind, and when revealed, it’s a surprise. He looks and presents like he’s seeing you, but make no mistake, he is not. Isaac was diagnosed with a blinding eye disease when he was 12 years old...