Episode Date June 22, 2021
Featured Guest Vikram Mansharamani
Featured Book "The Peter Principle" by Laurence J. Peter

Episode Summary

Vikram Mansharamani reading from Laurence J. Peter’s The Peter Principle and discussing holistic development.

Have you ever felt like a victim of your reputation? You gain recognition for something; you claim it as your personal brand. Then, people assume that’s all there is to you. How do you keep confounding others’ expectations of you? And more importantly, how do you continue to confound your own expectations? Dr. Vikram Mansharamani, author of Think for Yourself: Restoring Common Sense in an Age of Experts and Artificial Intelligence joins me today to talk about this. Vikram has lectured at Harvard and Yale, and was named LinkedIn’s top voice for Finance & Global Economics. Clearly, he knows about building a reputation. Yet, when he describes himself, his expertise is the last thing he focuses on.

Vikram reads from ‘The Peter Principle’ by Laurence J. Peter. [reading beings at 14:56]

Hear us discuss:

  • “Every single perspective is limited, biased, and incomplete.” [6:30]
  • “We’re so focused on the evaluation of the present that we’re not willing to consider an alternative for the future.” [20:18]
  • The ‘career jungle gym’. [21:49]
  • Holistic development: moving through the stages of learning. [26:20]
  • Being a generalist versus playing to your strengths. [28:57]
  • Nurturing curiosity. [32:34]

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Vikram Mansharamani’s books | Think for Yourself: Restoring Common Sense in an Age of Experts and Artificial Intelligence | Boombustology: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst

Laurence J. Peter | The Peter Principle

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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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