Curious Minds: Innovation in Life and Work
About This Show
Learn from inspiring innovators who are rethinking life and work in a changing world. Each week, Gayle Allen discovers how these entrepreneurs, writers, scientists and inventors, achieve their most fascinating and inspiring breakthroughs. Have fun taking a peek into their Curious Minds!
Most Recent Episode
CM 095: Olivia Cabane and Judah Pollack on Breakthrough Thinking
6 days ago
Breakthroughs can take our work to new and exciting places, yet they rarely happen as often as we’d like. Are there ways to prompt these kinds of moments, so we can create them more often?
Olivia Fox Cabane and Judah Pollack tell us how in their book, The Net and the Butterfly: The Art and Practice of Breakthrough Thinking.
Olivia is the former Director of Innovative Leadership for Stanford StartX and bestselling author of The Charisma Myth. She has worked with companies like, Google, MGM, and Deloitte, and she has lectured at Harvard, MIT, and Yale.
Judah Pollack is a former faculty member at Stanford StartX and a lecturer at University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business. He has worked with organizations like Airbnb, IDEO, and the U.S. Army Special Forces.
In this interview we discuss:
How breakthrough thinking requires two systems in the brain: the Executive Network (the net) and the Default Network (the butterfly)
How we need off-task time in order for the Default Network to engage and create breakthroughs
The 4 types of breakthroughs: Eureka, Metaphor, Intuitive and Paradigm
How Eureka Breakthroughs are sudden insights that are fully formed, when everything seems to fall into place
That we are predisposed to certain kinds of breakthroughs and how it helps to honor our natural style
That no one style of breakthrough is any better than another
How Metaphorical breakthroughs help us see topics in new ways
How Intuitive breakthroughs seem like just the beginning and less easy to trust, requiring us to have faith in the process
How Steve Jobs had an intuitive breakthrough that the iPhone needed to be made of glass
That our brains our physical objects that need to build new neurotransmitter receptors in order to construct new knowledge