Podcast Of The Week: McRaney Thinks Even Billionaires Aren’t So Smart

David McRaney’s a household name around here. I’ve got several years worth of regular check-ins on his work if you’re interested. But if you don’t know him, this is easily one of the best interviews I’ve ever heard him give.  Bogumil Baranowski had McRaney on the Talking Billions podcast – so of course the financial … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: McRaney Thinks Even Billionaires Aren’t So Smart

Before You Assume You’re Right, Try This

Before you assume you’re right about anything, remember to ask this question.  From Will Storr (as told to David McRaney, as relayed to Bogumil Baranowski): Am I right about everything? The answer is, “No.” It’s not even hard to say. Try it (we’ll say it together. 1, 2, 3 and) – “I am most certainly … Continue reading Before You Assume You’re Right, Try This

You Act Your Way Into New Thinking, You Don’t Think Your Way Into It

Richard Pascale says in Surfing the Edge of Chaos, “Adults are much more likely to act their way into a new way of thinking than to think their way into a new way of acting.”  We want to think we’re smart. That we’re logical and rational and calculating. But that’s never it. It’s ever the … Continue reading You Act Your Way Into New Thinking, You Don’t Think Your Way Into It

How To Change Their Mind

“You can’t copy and paste your reasoning into another person. You have to hold space with the other person to engage in a reasoning process…” – David McRaney If you want somebody to see something from your perspective, don’t think you can just insert your logic into their head.  Instead, start with their perspective.  Ask … Continue reading How To Change Their Mind

Podcast Of The Week: The Neurobiology Of Certainty

Robert Burton’s interview on the You Are Not So Smart podcast is a mind-expanding look into how our brains physically and emotionally experience certainty. This matters not just for our minute-to-minute decision-making, but in understanding how and why people do business with us (and how to get better at it too). Burton’s work was already … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: The Neurobiology Of Certainty

Podcast of the Week: What Therapy Is And Isn’t

David McRaney’s You Are Not So Smart Podcast features an interview with Maybe You Should Talk to Someone author and therapist Lori Gottlieb. They talk about what therapy is and is not, how change happens (McRaney’s exploration of the transtheoretical model of change with her is one of the best parts), and why Gottlieb sharing … Continue reading Podcast of the Week: What Therapy Is And Isn’t

Podcast Of The Week: Understanding The Psychology Of Our Political Biases

Lilliana Mason’s new book, Uncivil Agreement, is now on my reading list. That is thanks to this David McRaney interview on the You Are Not So Smart podcast. I’m fascinated by the research around how our own identity shapes our biases, which in turns forms both our opinions and which explanations we latch onto. Mason … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Understanding The Psychology Of Our Political Biases

(The Process For) How We Change Our Minds: SOTU Edition

Yesterday we applied David McRaney’s “opinion digestive system” to how we process facts, other information, and potentially even change our minds. Last night’s State of the Union (SOTU) gives us a live example to analyze. Before we dive in, here’s your disclaimer: for this analysis, we don’t care about political opinion. We are going to … Continue reading (The Process For) How We Change Our Minds: SOTU Edition