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THE 'FREE-DUMB' SESSIONS
12 minutes | May 29, 2021
9. Truth, lies and questionable facts.
Most of us pride ourselves on our honesty.Our businesses love to talk about honesty and integrityIt is important to us. But are we really that honest? Do we really tell ‘the truth’, and what does that even mean?Sadly, truth is subjective and what is true for one, may be different for another. And if that is the case, does the truth matter, and are we all liars?If you want to find out more about our lack of rationality and decision-making, read Do You Really Know Why You Do The Things You Do? If you are inspired to read more about the science behind my bold assertion that truth is subjective, then read and watch,Here's Why The Truth Really Is Subjective, According to ScienceIt’s even more depressing because it speaks about ‘cognitive ease’, and how if something is repeated often enough, it becomes ‘the truth’ as people become more familiar with it. So this proves that there is a very thin line between politics and propaganda, and we have a glimpse into why advertising works.
49 minutes | May 8, 2021
Episode 8 - The P-word. Purpose. A way to lead a business or just another passing fad?
This episode is a discussion with my guest and friend Nick Leach.There’s so much talk about ‘Purpose’, but what is it exactly? Is it just a new-age way of window dressing, or does it have the power to transform organisations?Nick is a passionate leader, who has been in leadership roles for the past 15 years, across, Asia and ANZ. He wrote the book, ‘Leading On Purpose - a guide to creating a purpose-driven culture’ I first got to know Nick about 10 years ago in Wellington, New Zealand, when he was leading a team doing some unique work to help people living with autoimmune diseases. In a much longer episode than normal, we’ll talk about why it is so important to embrace the idea of organisational purpose, purposeful teams, and leading with purpose.If you want to get Nick’s book, ‘Leading On Purpose - a guide to creating a purpose-driven culture’ you can purchase it through Amazon (physical book)https://www.amazon.com/Leading-Purpose-creating-purpose-culture/dp/1781334951/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=%E2%80%98Leading+On+Purpose+-+a+guide+to+creating+a+purpose+driven+culture%E2%80%99&qid=1620434636&sr=8-1Or, if you prefer to listen, you can get it here:https://www.audible.com.au/pd/Leading-on-Purpose-Audiobook/1781335850?qid=1620434725&sr=1-1&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=771c6463-05d7-4981-9b47-920dc34a70f1&pf_rd_r=BKKX44N95B4QMKQDYGF9If you want to contact Nick directly, his website is:https://www.on-purpose.solutions/
6 minutes | Apr 3, 2021
7. Part 2 of Sticks and Stones - responding to listener feedback
While we seem to agree that words matter, are people really getting taken in by the media? Are we really that dumb?The power of 'framing'. Can the mere substitution of a single verb make a noticeable difference in meaning?What implications does this have for police and legal cases?What has anything covered so far in the Free-dumb Sessions got to do with critical thinking?You can read more about Loftus and Palmer’s Reconstruction of Automobile Destruction (1974) study, the impact of verb choices, and some of the other repercussions relating to participant ‘recall’ (confabulation) here https://psycnet.apa.org/record/1975-04498-001
11 minutes | Mar 14, 2021
6. Sticks and stones - or, words do matter.
"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never break me"Really?A discussion about young people and resilience, the power of words - for good and bad,what this all means in an 'always-on' social media world,and the power the media has - not only constructing narratives to suit their agendas to influence the public, but also the judicial and political systems. If you want to read Huff and Kertzner’s paper entitled 'How the media defines terrorism', check out the abstract herehttps://www.jstor.org/stable/26598750?mag=how-the-media-can-define-terrorism&seq=1
9 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
5. Does 'Charisma and Charm' make the world go round?
Let’s discuss ‘Charisma’.We are all drawn to people with ‘natural charisma’, but what is it exactly?The Oxford English Dictionary tells us that charisma is a ‘compelling attractiveness or charm that can inspire devotion in others’.Is it a natural personality trait or can it be ‘taught’ like a set of skills or techniques? And even if it can - should it be?Does charisma have a dark side?How naturally charismatic are you? Take this easy self-evaluation test here: https://www.skillsyouneed.com/ips/charisma.htmlGot a tricky communications project and need the services of a seriously good, strategic creative copywriter?If so you should definitely contact Lizzie Davidson. She is not only good but funny as well!You can reach out to Lizzie through her LinkedIn account https://www.linkedin.com/in/lizzie-davidson-copywriter/
10 minutes | Jan 31, 2021
4. Empathy, or "Just because I walked a mile in your shoes doesn't mean I won’t steal them from you”
Some thoughts about the quest for a more empathetic society.How it isn't always what it seems.What empathy is, and isn't.Empathy and manipulation.Once you've listened to this episode, see how you do on the visual emotion recognition test here: https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/03/well-quiz-the-mind-behind-the-eyes/
19 minutes | Jan 7, 2021
Conspiracy theories “You tell me your truth, and I’ll tell you mine”
You tell me your truth, and I’ll tell you mine.What are conspiracy theories?Are they a new 'internet age' phenomenon?What conditions are needed to create one?What's not a conspiracy theory?What role does confirmation bias play in solidifying our views?Why merely telling people they are wrong about their pet conspiracy theory, is just wrong.Why empathy is so important.
11 minutes | Jan 5, 2021
Fake news and all its friends.
A new vocabulary, new etiquette, and new rules for these COVID19 and' post-truth' times. How Trump and COVID19 are managing to change our world in ways beyond our imagination.
10 minutes | Jan 5, 2021
The Last Man
Thoughts about COVID19, existentialism, and whether we are now living in some kind of dystopian world. If so, are we on a path to an Orwellian, 1984 future, or are we going to be living in Huxley'stake on a Brave New World? More importantly, does any of this even matter?
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