Monthly Archives: December 2014

Adam Grant on givers, takers, matchers and fakers

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University of Pennsylvania Wharton School Professor and bestselling author Adam Grant presents some heartening research on how being a giver can lead to success. He and Scott chat about a plethora of topics, including the meaning of friendship, introversion, takers, and fakers, and the importance of challenging dogmatic science.

In this episode you will hear:

  • Scott and Adam psychoanalyze each other
  • The difference between givers, takers, matchers, and fakers
  • The core differences between social introversion and extraversion
  • The professional/romantic ramifications of being a giver or taker
  • How to structure educational environments to reward givers
  • Jonah Salk’s big mistake
  • Who will leave the lasting legacy – Bill Gates or Steve Jobs?
  • Who is a benevolent narcissist? Who is a covert narcissist?
  • Why Adam defended Malcolm Gladwell
  • The relevance of emotional intelligence
  • The difference between a scholar and a fundamentalist
  • The importance of rebelling against your own ideas
  • Why success depends more on giving than people realize
  • Signs that you are a taker
  • How to overcome “compassion fatigue”
 

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HR’s most influential international thinkers, BusinessWeek‘s favorite professors, and the world’s top 40 business professors under 40. He is the author of Give and Take,New York Times bestselling book that has been translated into 27 languages and has been named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal— as well as one Oprah‘s riveting reads, Harvard Business Review‘s ideas that shaped management, and the Washington Post‘s books every leader should read. Malcolm Gladwell recently identified Adam as one of his favorite social science writers, calling his work “brilliant.”” – Blurb taken from Adam’s UPenn biography

Discussing the origins of extraordinary athletic performance with David Epstein

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Bestselling author David Epstein discusses research on the complex interplay of nature and nurture in sports, how mentality propels success, how we assess potential, sex differences in sport, and why getting older doesn’t mean we can’t achieve greatness.

In this episode you will hear about:

  • Baselines abilities vs. trainability
  • Common mistakes we make when judging potential
  • Genetic and other biological contributions to performance
  • The importance of self-reflection and personal accountability for development
  • How a vision of your future self can encourage goal realization
  • Sex differences at the highest levels of sport
  • Explaining cultural differences in performance
 

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David’s website
David’s book: The Sports Gene
The importance of falling in love with something- E. Paul Torrance
Groningen talent studies – Characteristics of talented soccer players

“David Epstein writes about sports science and medicine, Olympic sports, and is an investigative reporter. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Discover, Scientific American, Slate, The Washington Post, British GQ, National Geographic and The Guardian, among other publications. David has given lectures about the science of high performance on five continents, including a 2014 TED Talk. He is also very good at catching marshmallows in his mouth.” –blurb taken from http://thesportsgene.com