Ted Talks is a non profit that gives are specialists in their field a stage and talk about their self-chosen topic. Topics range from psychology, nutrition, science, leadership, etc. Manfred is a psycho-analyst that does a lot of executive coaching. In his talk he talks about the pitfalls of leadership and how to become an authentic (and effective) leader. Manfred explains that many leaders struggle because of the power they receive. Their ego grows, people around them say what they want while at the same time they start listening less to others. To avoid becoming a leader like this he proposes in trying to be an authentic leader that fights narcissism and hubris. Get to know yourself and ask what meaning and legacy you want to leave behind he suggests. His advice? Improve emotional intelligence, stimulate your creativity, and create a culture of honesty and listeners.
Michael Gervais is a world-class psychologist who has worked with world class athletes, musicians, entrepreneurs, and more. In his podcast he interviews some of the best performers in their field to decode the many paths toward mastery and provide applied practices that we can all use to be and do more in our lives. Jamie and Steven together wrote the book Stealing Fire together and have independently written a lot of books on flow, the zone, mindfulness, peak performance, and all other altered conscious states. These guys are really cool as they have taken it upon them to uncover that mystery of these altered states athletes, concert goers, and others have enjoyed. In this conversation together with Michael they begin to talk about their background and how and why they got their lifelong interest in these desired feelings high performing people are looking for and/or already doing.
Tim Ferris, best-selling author and investor, deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas in his podcast to extract the tactics, tools, and routines you can use. Maria Sharapova is a professional tennis player who won her first Grand Slam at age 17 and has been the highest paid female athlete for the past twelve years. It’s an interest period for Sharapova who has just finished her 15 month suspension after failing a drug test In this podcast Tim and Maria talk about her background, parenting, coaches, tennis (technique and psychology), and her life outside of tennis including her business, book, and personal life. As a tennis enthusiast, I’m curious to see how she will do in the Grand Slams this year!
Big Think aims to help you move above and beyond random information, toward real knowledge, offering big ideas from fields outside your own that you can apply toward the questions and challenges in your own life. Have you, like me, heard about meditation a million times? And does it feel like everyone around you is doing it, yet you might not be convinced? This short 8 minute video gives more scientific consequences of meditation. Psychologist Daniel Coleman explains the behavioral, cognitive, and neuroscientific changes long-term meditators go through. Coleman goes further and talks about improving resilience, minimizing mindwandering and more.
Still not convinced? If you’re like me and want more scientific proof on the benefits of breathing exercises (which is probably the main focus when meditating) then perhaps you like this video. Here Neuroscientist Alan Watkins talks about Heart Rate Variability and how breathing exercises can improve resilience, strengthen your heart, help your digestive system, and more!
Niyi Sobo is a former NFL running back who owns Peak Mindset Consulting. Sobo has a sports motivation podcast that does book reviews, has athlete spotlights, provides advice and has interviews with different guest. In this episode host, Niyi Sobo, interviews bestselling author and tenured professor at Georgetown Cal Newport. This episode there is a lot of comparison between elite athletes and elite cognitive performers (such as writers or researchers). Newport provides examples out of his own life and includes research to support some of the methods elite cognitive performers effectively use. Some of the topics discussed are importance of saying no, why you should plan, the issue of focus in today’s world, why following your passion is not good, lag vs lead measures, and more.
Using science and storytelling, Hidden Brain reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, the biases that shape our choices, and the triggers that direct the course of our relationships. We all know that person who is so stubborn, hard to convince, and not always easy to be around. This podcast might help you understand those people and how to deal with them. Cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Tali Sharot and podcast host Shankar discuss, from a scientific perspective, on how people are influenced and why they are willing to defend their opinions regardless of the facts provided. Tali reveals which tactics persuasive people use when they want to provoke action or inaction in others (such as getting people to vote or trying to have people avoid getting the flu shot). Tali and Shankar also talk about examples and solutions on how you can convince or influence someone regardless of the level of stubborness. (Hint, tell a story and elicit emotion to those you speak to). A helpful exercise they explained which I thought was useful is the surprising popular vote exercise; it helps you figure out who in your group might truly be the expert and who is bs’ing. Great podcast and helpful for any parent, professional, or stubborn person who is trying to understand him or herself.