EP 209: Managing your Brain in a Crisis with Dr. Daniel Amen

Today’s guest in this bonus episode is an innovator in his field, a brain expert and bestselling author who is on the forefront of a new movement within medicine and related disciplines. 

We discuss strategies to deal with the Covid-19 crisis and our brain health during periods of high stress and anxiety.

We discuss:

1. How fear impacts our decision making

2. Crushing ANTs (Automatic Negative Thoughts)

3. Understanding different brain types

4. How to manage stress/comfort eating 

5. How to influence children during a crisis

More about Daniel here: https://www.amenclinics.com

The Humachine: Humankind, Machines, and the Future of Enterprise with John Wood

There is a lot of hype, hand waving and ink being spilled about artificial intelligence (AI) in business. The amount of coverage of this topic in the trade press and on shareholder calls is evidence of a large change currently underway. It is both awesome and terrifying.  

What started as an inquiry into how executives can adopt AI to harness the best of human and machine capabilities turned into a much more profound rumination on the future of humanity and enterprise. It is a wake-up call for business leaders across all sectors of the economy. Not only should you implement AI regardless of your industry, but once you do, you should fight to stay true to your purpose, your ethical convictions, indeed your humanity, even as our organisations continue to evolve. While not holding any punches about the dangers posed by AI, today’s guest uniquely surveys where technology is limited, and where the true opportunities lie amidst all the disruptive change that is currently underway.

Weak Human + Machine + Better Process > Strong Human + Machine + Inferior Process

More about John here:

https://thehumachinebook.com

The Innovator's Spirit: Discover the Mindset to Pursue the Impossible with Chuck Swoboda

Everyone wants to create new products and services, find new customers and markets, stay ahead of the competition, and work smarter instead of harder. 

Yet with all the focus and attention on innovation, the term has become an overused buzzword rather than a real, tangible concept. If you want to seriously pursue innovation—you need to strip away the hype.

Real innovators need to transcend the existing ideas, rules, and patterns to discover exciting new outcomes. They must step outside the best practice box and get their hands dirty. 

The spirit of a true innovator is rooted in wanting to do something that has never been done before, to solve problems that have never been solved, and to run through walls and leap over tall buildings to get there.

In his book, our guest—the retired chairman and CEO of Cree, a company that fundamentally changed the way people experience light and drove the obsolescence of the Edison light bulb—explains that innovation is fundamentally about people and tells us how to develop a mindset of creativity, risk-taking, and hard work. 

We welcome author “The Innovator’s Spirit: Discover the Mindset to Pursue the Impossible”, Chuck Swoboda

More about Chuck: https://www.innovatorsontap.com

Part 7: Visa Founder and CEO Dee Hock: One from Many: VISA and the Rise of Chaordic Organisation

Part 7 explores Dee Hock’s latest years from age 75-92 and his thoughts on what comes next.

This episode is my personal favourite.

Dee shares:

  • Competition and Cooperation
  • Thoughts on the future
  • The impact of future technologies
  • Parting advice for us all

Abstract:

52 years ago, our guest foresaw and implemented the foundations for the world’s first trillion dollar organisation. Back then, Visa was little more than a set of unorthodox convictions about organisation slowly growing in the mind of a young corporate rebel.

Today, according to the Visa 2019 annual report, payments and cash volume for the year was a staggering $11.6 trillion dollars, transactions processed on Visa’s networks totalled $138.3 trillion dollars and the year saw some 3.4 billion Visa cards in operation.

He is the man who imagined this reality, who had a once-deemed-impossible vision 52 years ago, a vision which has become a concrete reality today. He is a man who has a different view on what the next 50 years can deliver, but that vision will require a radical shift in mindset for every single one of us.

It is such an immense honour to welcome the founder and CEO Emeritus of Visa and author of the pioneering work “The Birth of the Chaordic Age” and its updated version “One from Many: VISA and the Rise of Chaordic Organization”, Dee Hock. 

http://www.deewhock.com/

Part 6: Visa Founder and CEO Dee Hock: One from Many: VISA and the Rise of Chaordic Organisation

Part 6 explores how Dee Hock created the conditions for Visa to emerge

Dee shares:

  • How such a complex organisation made and implemented decisions.
  • Self policing entities
  • The dispersion of innovations
  • Why Dee left Visa at the pinnacle of success
  • Restoring the 200 acres of wild land
  • Those 3 questions
  • The Sante Fe Institue 
  • The New Odyssey at 65
  • Writing his book

Abstract:

52 years ago, our guest foresaw and implemented the foundations for the world’s first trillion dollar organisation. Back then, Visa was little more than a set of unorthodox convictions about organisation slowly growing in the mind of a young corporate rebel.

Today, according to the Visa 2019 annual report, payments and cash volume for the year was a staggering $11.6 trillion dollars, transactions processed on Visa’s networks totalled $138.3 trillion dollars and the year saw some 3.4 billion Visa cards in operation.

He is the man who imagined this reality, who had a once-deemed-impossible vision 52 years ago, a vision which has become a concrete reality today. He is a man who has a different view on what the next 50 years can deliver, but that vision will require a radical shift in mindset for every single one of us.

It is such an immense honour to welcome the founder and CEO Emeritus of Visa and author of the pioneering work “The Birth of the Chaordic Age” and its updated version “One from Many: VISA and the Rise of Chaordic Organization”, Dee Hock. 

http://www.deewhock.com/

You Are What You Read: Why changing your media diet can change the world with Jodie Jackson

Do you ever feel overwhelmed and powerless after watching the news? Does it make you feel sad about the world, without much hope for its future? The world is not as bad as the headlines would have you believe.

Today’s guest has spent the last ten years researching the damaging impact of the negativity bias in the news on our mental health and the health of our society, as well as investigating the impact of solutions-focused news. Her widely cited research has made her an influential figure within the movement for “Constructive Journalism”. 

As a partner at The Constructive Journalism Project, she writes for established and emerging news platforms; speaks on panels with leading thinkers, academics and journalists; delivers workshops and training to journalists and regularly speaks at universities and media conferences around the world., we welcome author of “You are What You Read” Jodie Jackson 

We talk: 

  • How the information we consume informs our reality
  • The psychological impact of negative news
  • The opportunities of constructive journalism  
  • How we can all adjust our media diets

More about Jodie here: https://jodiejackson.com