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.
Selflessness - Richard Lui 062
Richard Lui is a journalist and news anchor for MSNBC and NBC News. He was formerly at CNN Worldwide. Lui is also a columnist, contributing to publications including USA Today, Politico, The Seattle Times, Detroit Free Press, and San Francisco Chronicle. In 2020 Lui directed the documentary Skyblossom which profiles five families, each with a student providing care for a veteran parent or grandparent with disabilities. This where today’s topic, selflessness, comes into play. Seven years ago, Richard walked into his supervisor’s office, prepared to give up his dream job at NBC, having just learned of his father’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis. As in the documentary, Richard was compelled to care for his father. It turns out, there was a comprise to be reached with NBC. It also turns out that what Richard learned from that time in his life became the basis for his book ‘Enough About Me - The Unexpected Power of Selflessness’. We are going to get the benefit of that learning in our conversation today.
Trust - Stephen Covey 061
Stephen M. R. Covey is a New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The SPEED of Trust—The One Thing That Changes Everything. He is the former CEO of Covey Leadership Center, which, under his stewardship, became the largest leadership development company in the world. Stephen personally led the strategy that propelled his father’s book, Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, to become one of the two most influential business books of the 20th Century, according to CEO Magazine. In this episode, we discuss trust and how it should be developed, ingrained, and practiced by everyone, every day, all the time.
Listening - Ximena Vengoechea 060
Ximena Vengoechea is a researcher, writer, and illustrator who works on personal and professional development. She has been published in Inc., The Washington Post, Newsweek, and Huffington Post. She is a contributor at Fast Company and The Muse and writes Letters from Ximena, a newsletter on tech, culture, career, and creativity. She is best known for her project The Life Audit. An experienced manager, mentor, and researcher in the tech industry, she previously worked at Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Twitter. She is also the author of ‘Listen Like You Mean It: Reclaiming the Lost Art of True Connection’. She and I spend some time in conversation about how to become a better listener.
Honesty - Ron Carucci 059
Ron Carucci is the best-selling author of nine books, including ‘To Be Honest’, which we dive into in our discussion about what it means to be honest and how to do it. Ron is the co-founder and managing partner of Navalent, a consultancy that works with CEOs and executives pursuing transformational change for their organizations. Ron is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review and Forbes. His work has also been featured in Fortune, CEO Magazine, Inc., Business Insider, MSNBC, Business Week, and Smart Business. And he is a two-time TEDx speaker.
B******t - Carl Bergstrom 058
Carl Bergstrom is a theoretical and evolutionary biologist and a professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. Bergstrom is a critic of low-quality or misleading scientific research. He is the co-author of a book on misinformation called Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World and teaches a class by the same name at the University of Washington. He and I talk about the importance of understanding what is being perpetrated around us and how to avoid falling into traps created by skilled bullshitters.
Humor - Drew Tarvin 057
Andrew Tarvin (or as he prefers, Drew Tarvin) is the world’s first Humor Engineer teaching thousands of people at over 200 organizations, including P&G, GE, and Microsoft how to get better results while having more fun. He is a best-selling author of a couple of books (my favorite being Humor That Works), he has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and TEDx, and has delivered programs in 50 states, 18 countries, and 3 continents. And in the spirit of the topic, he loves the color orange and is obsessed with chocolate. He and I talk about how to use humor to communicate and motivate people.
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.
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.
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.