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Intangibles is a podcast about traits, behaviors, and qualities that entrepreneurs can cultivate to help be successful. It is created by the host, Steve Berg. You can follow him on Twitter @sbberg1.

Intangibles Steve Berg

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    • 4.6, 14 Ratings

Intangibles is a podcast about traits, behaviors, and qualities that entrepreneurs can cultivate to help be successful. It is created by the host, Steve Berg. You can follow him on Twitter @sbberg1.

    Judgement - Maria Konnikova 050

    Judgement - Maria Konnikova 050

    Maria Konnikiva is the author of two New York Times best-sellers, The Confidence Game and Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes.  She is now, also, a successful professional poker player. Her new book about her poker journey is called 'The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win' is just out. Maria is my first 2-time guest.  She and I talk about what the pressure and repetition and introspection (that one hones by playing high-stakes poker) do to sharpen personal judgment and how it can improve decision all-around making. Warning: there is an instance of indecent language.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Critical Thinking - Diane Halpern 049

    Critical Thinking - Diane Halpern 049

    Dr. Diane Halpern is an American psychologist and former president of the American Psychological Association. She is Dean of Social Science at the Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute and also the McElwee Family Professor of Psychology at Claremont McKenna College. She received her PhD from the University of Cincinnati.  She has received at least a dozen awards for teaching and research. She wrote a textbook called Thought and Knowledge: An Introduction to Critical Thinking.  She and I talk about heuristics, biases, probabilistic thinking, assessing sources of information and many other topics related to critical thinking.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Perception - Apollo Robbins 058

    Perception - Apollo Robbins 058

    Apollo Robbins is a pioneer in the application of deception to real-world environments, Robbins uses pick-pocketing and sleight-of-hand to demonstrate perception management, diversion techniques, and self-deception. Known as “The Gentleman Thief,” Robbins first made national news as the man who pick-pocketed the Secret Service while entertaining former U.S. president Jimmy Carter. He has picked the pockets of more than 250,000 men and women. Forbes has called him “an artful manipulator of awareness,” and Wired Magazine has written that “he could steal the wallet of a man who knew he was going to have his pocket picked.” He and I talk about his craft and how it applies to entrepreneurs.

    • 59 min
    Negotiation - Larry Chu 047

    Negotiation - Larry Chu 047

    Larry Chu is currently a partner at Goodwin - a law firm with over 1,000 lawyers - where he leads the Technology M&A practice on the West Coast.  On the sell assignment side, his clients have included Qualtrics, Nest and Oculus.  On the buy-side, his clients have included Box, PayPal, Informatica, Sony, Skype, McAfee, and Atlassian.  He has also counseled a number of banks and private equity funds, such as Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, Silver Lake, Andreessen Horowitz, and Kleiner Perkins.  He has advised on over 200 transactions having a total value of over $125 billion.  He gives me his strategies for negotiating difficult things.

    • 1 hr
    EQ - Jack Mayer 046

    EQ - Jack Mayer 046

    Dr. Jack Mayer is a Professor of Psychology at the University of New Hampshire.  He received his Ph.D. in psychology at Case Western Reserve University and was a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University.  His 1990 article, "Emotional Intelligence" with Dr. Peter Salovey, provided a foundation for research in the area, and they have published dozens of works in the area since, including the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test.  Dr. Mayer, one of the earliest and most original thinkers and researchers on the topics of emotional intelligence and personal intelligence.  He and I discuss EQ.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Leadership - David Petraeus 045

    Leadership - David Petraeus 045

    General David Petraeus has had a long and distinguished career. He served in the Army for 37 years.  Highlights include Commander of the International Security Assistance Force, 10th Commander US Central Command and Commanding General Multinational Force – Iraq (where he successfully directed ‘the surge’ and literally wrote the book on counterinsurgency).  His educational credentials are stellar as well… BS from the US Military Academy (top 5% his class), MPA and Ph.D. from Princeton.  After leaving military service General Petraeus was the director of the CIA. These days he is the Chairman of the KKR Global Institute. He and I discuss leadership.

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

tssnider ,

Intelligent articulate interviews

Edifying conversations from an array of standout executives, academics, writers... This distilled wisdom can benefit any thoughtful person. Thank you for, and keep up the great work, Mr Berg; I'm looking forward to more Intangibles.

JPChappell ,

Pushes the right kind of thinking

I've found many of the topics Steve covers to be very relevant to my life as an entrepreneur, advisor and investor. There have been a few times when I've paused for "huh" hadn't thought of that, which is always a good moment. I'd recommend this for executives and entrepreneurs alike.

Yashreeka ,

Out of my comfort zone

I think Branding and Curiosity were totally my speed because I identify with those characteristics naturally, but I think the real teachable moment for me while listening to this podcast (though there are many) was how confused I was by almost everything Linney was saying in Creativity. That kind of creativity is so foreign to me and it was a pleasant reminder that creativity is valuable, creativity might be scary and that I need to search for creativity in others that I might not have in myself. Her response to Steve saying that sometimes you just have to grind through it and she said “no, sometimes you just have to let go.” Man, that was pretty mind blowing stuff for someone like me, not exactly the way I operate. At all. I have a lot to learn and I can’t wait to dive in to Season 2.

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