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Discover the best bits of the best books read by people you admire. This is the podcast where brilliant people read the best two pages of a favourite book. Listen as authors, leaders, activists, academics, celebrities, and entrepreneurs dig in with MBS to explore the insights and ideas within. Whether it’s books that inspire leadership, change, self-development and growth, power, strategy, ambition, productivity, or creativity and innovation - this is hand-curated wisdom from people who know. These are the books that change minds, shape lives, and inspire great work and worthy goals.

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Discover the best bits of the best books read by people you admire. This is the podcast where brilliant people read the best two pages of a favourite book. Listen as authors, leaders, activists, academics, celebrities, and entrepreneurs dig in with MBS to explore the insights and ideas within. Whether it’s books that inspire leadership, change, self-development and growth, power, strategy, ambition, productivity, or creativity and innovation - this is hand-curated wisdom from people who know. These are the books that change minds, shape lives, and inspire great work and worthy goals.

    How (and why) to be good-ish: Dolly Chugh x A More Beautiful and Terrible History

    How (and why) to be good-ish: Dolly Chugh x A More Beautiful and Terrible History

    On a scale of 1-10, how good of a person are you? Yeah, tricky question. And even trickier: Is the person you think you are the same as the person who actually shows up, day-to-day, in life? Dolly Chugh, as well as being one of my favourite people,  is a professor of social psychology at the NYU Stern School of Business, and author of The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias. Dolly has made it her goal to speak to those of us who label ourselves as good people but may not realise how our unconscious biases affect the way we function. Get‌ ‌book‌ ‌links‌ ‌and‌ ‌resources‌ ‌at‌ https://www.mbs.works/2-pages-podcast/ 

    Dolly reads from A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History by Jeanne Theoharis. [reading begins at 11:23]

    Hear us discuss: 
    Addressing systemic bias: “Unlearning what we know and learning what’s correct makes it easier to see the systems around us.” [21:00] | Learning to unlearn: the ‘paradox mindset.’ [24:19] | Counteracting simple narratives: “You don’t have to believe only one thing.” [27:27] 

    • 34 min
    How to Overcome Loneliness: Ximena Vengoechea x “Reclaiming Conversation”

    How to Overcome Loneliness: Ximena Vengoechea x “Reclaiming Conversation”

    There are times when I feel sad. My sadness is often accompanied by feelings of loneliness - I feel disconnected from people and what’s really vital in my life. Perhaps, you also experience this. Today’s guest is Ximena Vengoechea, someone with unique insights into connection. She works in the tech industry as a ‘user researcher,’ but this is not Ximena’s sole title; she is also an artist, a facilitator, and a writer. In this episode, she shares the essence of productive conversation and how to ensure that neither party is left feeling lonely. Get‌ ‌book‌ ‌links‌ ‌and‌ ‌resources‌ ‌at‌ https://www.mbs.works/2-pages-podcast/ 

    Ximena reads two pages from ‘Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age’ by Sherry Turkle. [reading begins at 16:02]

    Hear us talk about: 
    The importance of boredom. [21:12] | Navigating loneliness: “It’s hard to feel lonely when you feel understood and seen in a conversation.” [25:35] | Becoming someone that others listen to: “Conversations come with needs.” [28:04]

    • 38 min
    Do We Want the Other Half to Fail?: Indra Adnan x ‘A Theory of Everything’

    Do We Want the Other Half to Fail?: Indra Adnan x ‘A Theory of Everything’

    Whatever country you’re living in, perhaps you feel the divide between ‘us’ and ‘them’ is becoming sharper. And that chasm is getting wider, deeper, and more treacherous. Indra Adnan raises a provocative question in light of that: why are we invested in the failure of half of our society? Indra challenges the very way we do politics as an agent of change both locally and in the wider world, and her latest book, The Politics of Waking Up, speaks to that. Get all the book links and resources at https://www.mbs.works/2-pages-podcast/

    Indra reads from Ken Wilbur’s ‘A Theory of Everything.’ [Reading begins at 28:10]

    Hear us talk about:
    The definition of power. “Too often seen as force or coercion.” [2:45] | “People came together in extraordinary ways.” [13:31] | “It’s not politics itself which is toxic…” [36:28] | A force of change. [43:16]

    • 51 min
    I am disabled but not broken: Christa Couture x ‘Brilliant Imperfection’

    I am disabled but not broken: Christa Couture x ‘Brilliant Imperfection’

    We all have labels - some are given to us, and some, we give ourselves. Christa Couture says that how you word those labels can make all a difference. Christa is a brilliant woman with many labels: she’s queer, indigenous, disabled, a writer, a musician, a broadcaster, and a mother. In today’s show, she reveals how these labels do and do not define her and the pressures that come with them. Get‌ ‌book‌ ‌links‌ ‌and‌ ‌resources‌ ‌at‌ https://www.mbs.works/2-pages-podcast/ 

    Christa reads from ‘Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure’ by Eli Clare. [reading begins at 16:30] 

    Hear us talk about: 
    Acceptance and empowerment: “My body is good enough.” [23:04] | “I am not the broken one here; it’s the ideas that are broken.” [25:55] | Moving beyond shame. [29:27]

    • 36 min
    Goes to 11: A.J. Jacobs x ‘The Bible’

    Goes to 11: A.J. Jacobs x ‘The Bible’

    There’s a scene in the music mockumentary, This Is Spinal Tap, where one character reveals his amp collection. One, in particular, goes up to eleven -- not the usual ten -- for when you want to take it over the top. But what if you don’t play guitar? What if the thing you took to eleven was your curiosity about how life works? Author A.J. Jacobs is someone who plays to eleven. He is famous for writing about his lifestyle experiments, has done everything from fitness to smartness to religious, and has adopted the title of ‘human guinea pig.’ Get‌ ‌book‌ ‌links‌ ‌and‌ ‌resources‌ ‌at‌ https://www.mbs.works/2-pages-podcast/ 

    A.J. reads from Ecclesiastes 9:7-12. [reading begins at 10:08] 

    Hear us further discuss: 
    “How much of life is luck?” [14:04] | Reframing a bad break: “Embrace the suck.” [20:08] | Carpe diem. [22:37] | Dignity of work and commitment: “Do something in the world! Don’t sit back and be a passive observer.” [25:18] | Finding the courage to commit fully. [26:38] | Wisdom: distinguishing wisdom from knowledge. [29:50]

    • 38 min
    Scaling Learning: Magdy Karam x ‘Dare to Lead’

    Scaling Learning: Magdy Karam x ‘Dare to Lead’

    Let me be blunt: most of our learning experiences are TERRIBLE. They are not bad, just thoroughly, blandly, mediocre. I’m speaking specifically about learning in most organizations, and we’ve all had the experience of those courses that seem to suck the life out of us. But not every course, not every program. Magdy Karam is the Chief Learning Officer for Microsoft Canada. Over the years as a leader, he has scaled successful learning and development experiences, and in this episode, we get into the details of how he has successfully yielded results through shaping a learning culture. Get‌ ‌book‌ ‌links‌ ‌and‌ ‌resources‌ ‌at‌ https://www.mbs.works/2-pages-podcast/    

    Magdy reads from ‘Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.’ by Brené Brown. [reading begins at 11:10] 

    Hear us further discuss: 
    Evading hero syndrome. [16:33] | “There is no shame in not knowing or failing.” [20:05] | What we need to unlearn when adopting a growth mindset. [20:34] | Making inclusion a reality. [22:40] | Leading as an introvert. [25:00] | “Getting comfortable with what you’re doing means it’s time for change.” [31:24]

    • 36 min

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The Dilemmas of a CEO

Intriguing definition of management that resonates. Also, either you have everybody on board for culture or you have nobody. Most intriguing in this episode is how to build capacity for failure especially within your leadership team. As a coach and CEO I see you have to show them and Be the vulnerability-not tell. Certainty and confidence are the status quo- The willingness to say "I don't know and I am willing to be open" to create dialogue around what makes a great culture. This is what can draw you in to deeper understanding of what matters. I get the feeling that being more human is a process.

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