16 episodes

Welcome to The Decision Education Podcast, where your host, Dr. Joe Sweeney, talks to experts and shares tips on all things related to decision-making. Through these conversations, you will be entertained, gain new insights, and discover practical ways to improve your decision skills.

For Season 2, our guest host is Alliance co-founder, best-selling author, and celebrated speaker, Annie Duke, and we’re turning our attention to decision-making in the world of high-performance sports.

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    • 4.9 • 32 Ratings

Welcome to The Decision Education Podcast, where your host, Dr. Joe Sweeney, talks to experts and shares tips on all things related to decision-making. Through these conversations, you will be entertained, gain new insights, and discover practical ways to improve your decision skills.

For Season 2, our guest host is Alliance co-founder, best-selling author, and celebrated speaker, Annie Duke, and we’re turning our attention to decision-making in the world of high-performance sports.

    Episode 013: Everest and Extreme Decision-Making with Dr. Ken Kamler

    Episode 013: Everest and Extreme Decision-Making with Dr. Ken Kamler

    What can we learn from individuals who make life-and-death decisions in the most dangerous environments on the planet? Dr. Ken Kamler, Expedition Climber, Microsurgeon, and Extreme Medicine Doctor, joins our guest host Annie Duke, to talk about decision-making insights discovered on his perilous expeditions on Mount Everest, and to share his powerful account of the notorious 1996 Mount Everest Disaster. Ken and Annie discuss the importance of sticking to turnaround times on an ascent to save yourself from flawed in-the-moment decision-making, the mental challenge of turning back so close to the summit, and why Olympic bronze medalists are surprisingly often happier than silver medalists. Ken also reveals what the true goal on Everest is—hint: it's not to get to the top—and how getting the time horizons of our goals wrong can have devastating consequences for all of us.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 012: The Other Side of the Ball with Michael Lombardi

    Episode 012: The Other Side of the Ball with Michael Lombardi

    What do the NFL’s most legendary general managers do when making tough decisions at the highest level? Michael Lombardi, former NFL general manager and three-time Super Bowl winner, joins our guest host Annie Duke, to talk about decision-making insights learned from 3 decades in the game, working alongside coaching and general manager legends Bill Walsh of the San Francisco 49ers, Al Davis of the Oakland Raiders, and Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots, among others. Michael and Annie discuss how popular narratives have the power to derail good decision-making, why it’s important to get comfortable being uncomfortable, the value of curiosity on our personal life journeys, why offensive coordinators need to think like defensive coordinators, why true loyalty involves sharing unpopular perspectives, and Michael’s vision for “change departments” in all organizations in the NFL and beyond.

    • 49 min
    Episode 011: Gut Feelings and Game-time Decisions with Rich Eisen and Les Snead

    Episode 011: Gut Feelings and Game-time Decisions with Rich Eisen and Les Snead

    Does Rich Eisen’s suit slow him down in the 40 yard dash? Rich Eisen, NFL Network and The Rich Eisen Show Host, and Les Snead, General Manager of the Los Angeles Rams, talk with our guest host, Annie Duke about how to balance using analytics with intuition and past experience to make fast in-game decisions, how an NFL franchise can best work together and pool their judgments and information, and the influence of emotions on gut feelings. You’ll also hear about resulting bias and how many fans feel about analytics-based decisions that result in bad outcomes.

    • 55 min
    Episode 010: Trade-Offs and Truth-Seeking with Andrew Berry

    Episode 010: Trade-Offs and Truth-Seeking with Andrew Berry

    How can we have better conversations with people who have different beliefs from us? Andrew Berry, General Manager of the Cleveland Browns and Alliance Board Member, joins our guest host Annie Duke, to talk about how decision-makers can benefit from getting comfortable with uncertainty, how the pandemic highlighted overconfidence and the illusion of control, what it means for general managers to have one foot in the present and one in the future, as well as three strategies to reduce bias. You’ll also hear about how the world might look different if we taught kids how to think instead of what to think.

    • 57 min
    Episode 009: Courage and Cutting Your Losses with Dr. Maria Konnikova

    Episode 009: Courage and Cutting Your Losses with Dr. Maria Konnikova

    How do we decide when to play it safe, and when to take the risk? Award-winning author, journalist, and professional poker player, Dr. Maria Konnikova, talks with our guest host, Annie Duke, about how poker parallels uncertainty in life, the hidden downside of avoiding risks, how to decide what to do next professionally, and how her fascinating career trajectory resembles a constellation more so than a straight line. She also reveals what you often need besides smarts and hard work to get where you want to go.

    • 58 min
    Season 2 Trailer

    Season 2 Trailer

    Join us for Season 2 of the Decision Education Podcast, launching in Summer 2021! In this season, our guest host is Alliance co-founder, best-selling author, and celebrated speaker, Annie Duke, and we’re turning our attention to decision-making in the world of high-performance sports.  These conversations with high-stakes sports figures, discussing the biggest decisions of their careers, reveal powerful and practical insights about the science of decision-making at the highest level, for us all to use in our own lives.

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Olura21 ,

So great!

I’ve just started my journey of learning how to make better decisions. As an engineer I thought I had a good process. Listening to your podcast I’ve learned how much I don’t know and I’m hungry for more! I’ve taken away many insights, it’s just so fascinating listening to these conversations and I appreciate the host simplifying the concepts for audience members like me who are new to all of this. As a mom I appreciate the mission of the alliance and I hope my kids can one day reap the fruits of your labor. Such a great podcast and I’m looking forward to season 2!

Tiffany Ka ,

Thank you!

I’m really enjoying this podcast. So fascinating to hear how the guests think through decisions. Their thought processes are very interesting and their advice is applicable to many different decisions and areas of my life.

K Colombe ,

Insightful

Can’t recommend this enough whether you’re a project manager or thinking about everyday life decisions.

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