Vikram Mansharamani is a lecturer at Harvard, writer, and author of the book Think For Yourself.
Vikram Mansharamani teaches people how to anticipate the future, manage risk, and spot opportunities. He is currently a lecturer at Harvard, and if that's not enough, he was previously a lecturer at Yale.Check out Vikram's most recent book: Think for Yourself: Restoring Common Sense in an Age of Experts and Artificial Intelligence.You can follow Vikram on Twitter: @mansharamani.Become a Patron!Help us grow and become a Patron today: https://www.patreon.com/smartpeoplepodcastSponsors:ExpressVPN - Get an extra 3 months free on a one-year package. Head to expressvpn.com/spp.Donate:Donate here to support the show!
People tend to like reruns. We like to watch old TV shows and movies over and over again, we often order the same meal at a restaurant that we have had before, we listen to the same songs over and over again. Why? This episode begins with an explanation. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-you-like-to-watch-the-same-thing-over-and-over/How often have you tried to make an important change in your life only to have your efforts fail? Why is change so hard – and is there a way to make it easier? Listen to my conversation with Ross Ellenhorn. He is a sociologist, psychotherapist and social worker and he is author of the book How We Change (and 10 Reasons We Don’t) (https://amzn.to/2VeIUSx). He has some important advice on how to approach change so it is more likely to stick. If you have a problem, chances are there is some expert or some piece of technology that will tell you how to fix it. While advice is good, it is also important to think for ourselves. Some people say we are losing our ability to think critically and make our own decisions. Instead we let experts decide for us. Vikram Mansharamani is a lecturer at Harvard and author of the book Think For Yourself: Restoring Common Sense in an Age of Experts and Artificial Intelligence (https://amzn.to/2A30BNs). Listen as he makes the case for more critical thinking when it comes to the big decisions in life. Did you know spring fever is a real thing – with real symptoms? Listen as I explain what they are and what they are trying to tell you, if you have them. https://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/diseases_cures/2010/04/29/spring_fever_has_scientific_basis_psychologist.htm
People tend to like reruns. We like to watch old TV shows and movies over and over again, we often order the same meal at a restaurant that we have had before, we listen to the same songs over and over again. Why? This episode begins with an explanation. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-you-like-to-watch-the-same-thing-over-and-over/How often have you tried to make an important change in your life only to have your efforts fail? Why is change so hard – and is there a way to make it easier? Listen to my conversation with Ross Ellenhorn. He is a sociologist, psychotherapist and social worker and he is author of the book How We Change (and 10 Reasons We Don’t) (https://amzn.to/2VeIUSx) He has some important advice on how to approach change so it is more likely to stick. If you have a problem, chances are there is some expert or some piece of technology that will tell you how to fix it. While advice is good, it is also important to think for ourselves. Some people say we are losing our ability to think critically and make our own decisions. Instead we let experts decide for us. Vikram Mansharamani is a lecturer at Harvard and author of the book Think For Yourself: Restoring Common Sense in an Age of Experts and Artificial Intelligence. (https://amzn.to/2A30BNs). Listen as he makes the case for more critical thinking when it comes to the big decisions in life. Did you know spring fever is a real thing – with real symptoms? Listen as I explain what they are and what they are trying to tell you, if you have them. https://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/diseases_cures/2010/04/29/spring_fever_has_scientific_basis_psychologist.html Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
#31 - Think For Yourself with Vikram MansharamaniToday’s leaders are faced with unique and difficult situations especially ones that involve decisions. I am happy to have booked a podcast with Vikram Mansharamani. He is a global trend-watcher who helps people manage risk and see opportunities. He has a book coming out on the 16th of June titled: Think for Yourself: Restoring Common Sense in an Age of Experts and Artificial Intelligence. In this episode, he shares what this book is about, what he thinks causes people to rely so much on others, what leaders should possess in this day and age, and so much more. Make sure to stay tuned and give Vikram a visit at www.mansharamani.com.Key takeaways:Introduction [0:37]Who is Vikram Mansharamani [0:59]What is the book all about? [1:34]Why are people reliance on outside experts? [2:50]What do stress and the pandemic have to do with relying on others to decide for us? [4:20]The FOMO gets more intense [5:40]On Vikram firing the experts he relied on [7:16]Blindly following an expert vs. seeking advice smartly [10:00]Outsource and insource thinking [12:00]The first female mission commander [15:00]As a leader, how do create an environment that’s open to feedback [17:50]“Disagreement is actually empowering to a leader.” [20:26]How important is making a decision based on intuition? [22:00]What keeps Vikram up at night? [23:00]Find time to seek disagreement to understand more [24:40]How to get a copy of Vikram’s book? [25:10]Text LEADER to 617-393-5383 to receive The Top 10 Things That The Best Leaders Are Doing Right NowFor questions, suggestions or speaker inquiries, contact me at john@lauritogroup.com.
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