Episode Date March 8, 2022
Featured Guest Christine Porath
Featured Book "Man’s Search For Meaning" by Viktor Frankl

Episode Summary

Christine Porath reading from Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search For Meaning and discussing the effect we have on others.

Michael’s new book How to Begin: Start Doing Something that Matters is now available at www.HowToBegin.com.

On the radio the other day, I heard something that I can’t forget: “If you’re unhappy with the state of the world, your country or your community, it is one of the greatest expressions of privilege to be able to say, ‘It’s too hard; I’ll opt out. I hope somebody else sorts this out for me.’’ When I heard it, I was provoked and irritated, but also encouraged. Now, I’m really thinking hard about what it means for me to be an active part of my community – I think the times are demanding that of me. How about you?

Christine Porath is a professor at Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. Previously, she wrote a book called Mastering Civility, and her new book is Mastering Community. She has written for Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and more; but if she had her way when she was young, she would have been a sports star. The reason for her shift in career might surprise you.

Christine reads two pages from ‘Man’s Search For Meaning’ by Viktor Frankl. [reading begins at 16:10]

Hear us discuss:

  • How to be a force for good. [23:50]
  • What it takes to master community: “We’re very quick to point the finger at others.” [31:22]
  • Developing a good sense of self-awareness: “Sitting down and asking people what you need to work on is helpful.” [34:17]
  • “Do your best to be the example of change that you want to see.” [38:17]

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Christine Porath | Website | Twitter | LinkedIn | Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace | Mastering Community: The Surprising Ways Coming Together Moves Us from Surviving to Thriving

Viktor Frankl | Man’s Search For Meaning

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Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier

I'm the author of five books that have collectively sold more than a million copies. I'm the founder of Box of Crayons, a learning and development company that helps organizations move from advice-driven to curiosity-led. I'm the host of the *2 Pages with MBS* podcast.

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