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The Knowledge Project Podcast unlocks your potential. We interview world-class doers and thinkers so you can better analyze problems, seize opportunities, and master decision-making. Every episode is packed with wisdom you can use at work and home. Learn more at https://fs.blog/podcast

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish Farnam Street

    • Business
    • 4.7 • 355 Ratings

The Knowledge Project Podcast unlocks your potential. We interview world-class doers and thinkers so you can better analyze problems, seize opportunities, and master decision-making. Every episode is packed with wisdom you can use at work and home. Learn more at https://fs.blog/podcast

    #147 Reid Hoffman: Better Decisions, Fewer Mistakes

    #147 Reid Hoffman: Better Decisions, Fewer Mistakes

    Few figures have shaped the way we think about business over the past 20 years more than Reid Hoffman. The co-founder of LinkedIn and former PayPal executive is also a wildly successful venture capitalist, author and podcaster, but he didn’t get to his place as a Silicon Valley giant without making plenty of crucial decisions. On this episode Hoffman discusses lessons learned from decades spent as a hands-on operator and investor, including what he knows about scaling that others miss, the three principles of decision making, how to constantly evolve your learning pattern, and why the best leaders adapt to the crisis at hand.

    Hoffman is perhaps best known for co-founding the professional networking site LinkedIn, which he started in 2003 and later sold for a reported $26.2 billion to Microsoft in 2016. Prior to founding LinkedIn, Hoffman was one of the first employees at PayPal, where he served as an executive vice president. He is also a partner at the venture capital firm Greylock Partners, an investor in Airbnb, the author of a series of successful business books including Masters of Scale, and the host of the podcast of the same name.
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    • 55 min
    #146 Barbara Tversky: Action Shapes Thought

    #146 Barbara Tversky: Action Shapes Thought

    My guest today is acclaimed psychologist and longtime Stanford University professor Barbara Tversky who calls on her nearly 50 years in the field of cognitive psychology for an in-depth discussion about how our minds work.
    We discuss the Nine Laws of Cognition, why action shapes thought, how the language we use changes what we think, tactics to communicate better on Zoom, why she dove into the work of Leonardo da Vinci, when to use charts and when to avoid them, the importance of perspective taking, learned knowledge vs. earned knowledge, and so much more.
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    • 2 hrs 2 min
    #145 Les Snead: Building a Super Bowl Champion

    #145 Les Snead: Building a Super Bowl Champion

    LA Rams General Manager Les Snead dives deep into some of the strategies that made the Rams a Super Bowl Champion, including assessing character, how to draft the right player, the complicated nature of trading players, how to build a team, hiring the right coach, hidden performance, why it’s so important to be relentlessly curious, and so much more.
     
    A native of football-crazed Eufaula, Alabama, Snead served as a graduate assistant at Auburn University before he spent 14 years as an NFL scout for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons. He became the Rams’ GM in 2012 and over time built a reputation as an executive willing to make insightful draft picks as well as blockbuster trades, including his move to draft future Hall of Famer Aaron Donald in 2014 and to trade for superstars Von Miller and Matthew Stafford on the way to winning the Super Bowl in February.
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    #144 Gary Klein: Insights For Making Better Decisions

    #144 Gary Klein: Insights For Making Better Decisions

    My guest today is celebrated research psychologist Gary Klein who has spent nearly 50 years studying how and why people make the decisions they do.
    We discuss naturalistic decision making, the crucial difference between experience and expertise, why some people stagnate and others progress, Cognitive Flexibility Theory, the role of storytelling, surprising ways to gain insights, fixation errors, cognitive biases, mental models, accelerated learning, and so much more.


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    • 1 hr 29 min
    #143 Andrew Wilkinson: Building an Empire

    #143 Andrew Wilkinson: Building an Empire

    My guest is businessman and investor Andrew Wilkinson, who has made a successful career out of channeling his entrepreneurial spirit, but he knows that sometimes that energy can be a double-edged sword.
    We discuss the lessons learned acquiring 40 companies, why he struggled to find happiness and what changed, mimetic desire, competing with venture-backed companies, hiring and firing CEOs, getting back up after million dollar mistakes, and so much more.


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    • 1 hr 15 min
    #142 Marshall Goldsmith: The Essentials Of Leadership

    #142 Marshall Goldsmith: The Essentials Of Leadership

    My guest today is Marshall Goldsmith, one of the world’s leading executive coaches.
    We discuss the surprising lessons he’s learned coaching some of the best CEOs in the world, where confidence comes from, common mistakes leaders make, why changing behavior is easier than changing perception, how to change others’ perceptions when you change your behavior, the three words that kill any conversation, the relationship between intensity and consistency, and so much more.

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    • 1 hr 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
355 Ratings

355 Ratings

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Essential listening!

If you place any value on the continued self-development, The Knowledge Project is a must have in your weekly library. Shane’s authenticity and empathetic super powers will guarantee you will make new distinctions in every episode, and his guests will provide a perfect context for applying those findings in day to day life. Congratulations on finding this show and enjoy!!!

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Better every time

This podcast is getting better every time. The one on longevity with David Sinclair was excellent. Thank you

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Moral integrity of guests is zero

When this podcast chose to feature Scott Adams - a certifiable loon who has parroted a Trump supporting questioning of the US election it was clear it had jumped the shark. I've looked at the subsequent choosing of guests with greater awareness.

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