• The Learning Leader Show With Ryan Hawk

  • By: Ryan Hawk
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  • Summary

  • As Kobe Bryant once said, “There is power in understanding the journey of others to help create your own.” That’s why the Learning Leader Show exists—to understand the journeys of successful leaders, so that we can better understand our own. This show is full of learnings taught by world-class leaders. Personal stories of successes, failures, and lessons learned along the way. Our guests come from diverse backgrounds—CEOs of multi-billion dollar companies, best-selling authors, Navy SEALs, professional athletes. My role in this endeavor is to talk to the smartest, most creative, always-learning leaders in the world so that we can learn from them as we each create our own journeys.
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  • 456: Daniel Pink - How Looking Backwards Moves Us Forward (The Power Of Regret)

    Jan 24 2022

    Read my new book, The Pursuit of Excellence https://bit.ly/excellencehawk

    Full show notes at www.LearningLeader.com

    Twitter/IG: @RyanHawk12  https://twitter.com/RyanHawk12

    Text Hawk to 66866 for "Mindful Monday"

    Daniel H. Pink is the author of seven books, including the forthcoming The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward (Riverhead, 2022).  His other books include the New York Times bestsellers When and A Whole New Mind — as well as the #1 New York Times bestsellers Drive and To Sell is Human. Dan’s books have won multiple awards, have been translated into 42 languages, and have sold millions of copies around the world.

    Notes:

    • The truth: We regret inactions much more than actions.The lesson: Be bold. Take that chance. In a world full of talkers, be a doer. Have a bias for action.
    • The 3 keys to a productive achiever: empathy/compassion, curiosity, doggedness (consistency).
    • We overvalue intensity and undervalue consistency and doggedness. Continue to show up and do the work.
    • The four core regrets:
      • Foundation regrets - People want stability. (save money, plan for the future)
      • Boldness regrets - "If only I'd taken that chance." People regret not taking the chance.
      • Moral regrets
      • Connection regrets
    • The truth: We deeply regret not asserting ourselves. The lesson: Speak up.
    • Optimizing Regret: Our goal should not be to always minimize regret. Our goal should be to optimize it. By combining the science of anticipated regret with the new deep structure of regret, we can refine our mental model. 
    • “Regret makes me human. Regret makes me better. Regret gives me hope.”
    • This is a great exercise. Instead of a New Year's resolution, choose a single word to guide your 2022. After 2 years of upheaval, it can help you focus on the goals & changes most important to you. Dan's choice? Restore.
    • The Dan Pink family acronym: HAHU - Hustle. Anticipate. Heads up.
    • Big life decisions:
      • Maximizers and satisficers
        • Know when to maximize and when to satisfy. For low stakes decisions (the color of your car), you don't have to maximize
    • Regret is part of the human condition. We all have regrets. Disclose it. Lift the burden.
      • Someone that says they have "No Regrets" is either lying or they are a sociopath.
    • Disclose lessons from your regrets. Ask yourself, "What did I learn from it?"
    • Does everything happen for a reason?
      • The lesson to be learned from it is understanding what we have control over and what we don't.
    • Regret depends on storytelling. And that raises a question: In these stories, are we the creator or the character, the playwright or the performer? The answer is... YES. We are both.
      • We are both the authors and the actors. We can shape the plot but not fully. We can toss aside the script but not always. We live at the intersection of free will and circumstance.
    • "Our everyday lives consist of hundreds of decisions—some of them crucial to our well-being, many of them inconsequential. Understanding the difference can make all the difference. If we know what we truly regret, we know what we truly value. Regret— that maddening, perplexing, and undeniably real emotion—points the way to a life well-lived."
    • Career/Life advice:
      • Doggedness is important. Be a person of action. Be willing to try stuff. "We learn who we are in practice, not in theory." Doing something helps you figure it out.
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    1 hr and 5 mins
  • 455: Oliver Burkeman - How To Think About Productivity... Time Management For Mortals (4,000 Weeks)

    Jan 17 2022
    Read my new book, The Pursuit Of Excellence https://bit.ly/excellencehawk Text Hawk to 66866 for "Mindful Monday" Full show notes at www.LearningLeader.com Twitter/IG: @RyanHawk12    https://twitter.com/RyanHawk12 Oliver Burkeman is the author of Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management For Mortals. It's a book that has become an international best-seller.  The final person Oliver thanked in his book? His grandmother: “My dear grandmother Erica Burkeman, whose childhood departure from Nazi Germany I describe in chapter 7, died in 2019 at the age of 96. I don’t know whether she would have read this book, but she would definitely have told everyone she met that I had written it.”The average human lifespan is absurdly, insultingly brief. If you live to be 80, you’ll have had about 4,000 weeks. But that’s no reason for despair.Confronting our radical finitude – and how little control we really have – is the key to a fulfilling and meaningfully productive life. When someone close to you dies, Oliver writes, “Such experiences, however wholly unwelcome, often appear to leave those who undergo them in a new and more honest relationship with time. The question is whether we might attain at least a little of that same outlook in the absence of the experience of the agonizing loss.”When stumped by a life choice, choose “enlargement” over happiness. Don’t ask: Will this make me happy?”, but “Will this choice enlarge me or diminish me?”The future will never provide the reassurance you seek from it. (This is why it’s wrong to say we live in especially uncertain times. The future is always uncertain; it’s just that we’re currently very aware of it.)Embrace radical incrementalism - People who work a little bit every day tend to cultivate the patience it takes to get good.Oliver tells the old parable about a vacationing New York businessman who meets a Mexican fisherman…The capacity to tolerate minor discomfort is a superpower.The solution to imposter syndrome is to see that you are one - Everyone is totally “winging it.” The lesson to be drawn isn’t that we’re doomed to chaos. It’s that you – unconfident, self-conscious, all-too-aware-of-your-flaws – potentially have as much to contribute to your field, or the world, as anyone else.The original Latin word for “decide” was decidere which means “to cut off” as in slicing away alternatives.The sooner you welcome uncertainty and not knowing as normal ways of being, the better off you’ll be.People who work a little bit every day tend to cultivate the patience it takes to get good. These people also quit their day’s work when it’s finished: they identify what their chunk of time or task is per day, they do that and only that, and save more for tomorrow.“More often than not, originality lies on the far side of unoriginality.” To illustrate this point, Burkeman uses The Helsinki Bus Station Theory. As the photographer Arno Minkkinen explained, Helsinki bus lines start out traveling the same path but then diverge at different points in the route, spreading out to far and wide locales. When you find your work resembles someone else’s, or you’re on someone else’s bus, traveling someone else’s path, don’t try to go back to the bus station at the very beginning and completely reinvent yourself and start from scratch, keep working and “stay on the bus!” At a certain point, your path will split off into something new. The central challenge of time management isn’t becoming more efficient, but deciding what to neglect.In an accelerating world, patience – letting things take the time they take – is a superpower.In conditions of limitless choice, burning your bridges beats keeping your options open.The need to control events is unhelpful. There is too much uncertainty for that.Is "follow your passion" good advice? Find something you're good at instead. Do things "daily-ish" Harness the power of patience as a force for daily life. Relish the value of consistency. Goal setting: "We are incapable of living goalless lives." With that said, "a plan is just a thought." Excellence: A willingness to accept the truth of their present situation and not wear blinders. They are clear-eyed.Generosity to other people. They have a basic assumption of a non-zero-sum world. Four Thousand Weeks is an entertaining and philosophical but ultimately deeply practical guide to the alternative path of embracing your limits: dropping back down into reality, defying cultural pressures to attempt the impossible, and getting started on what’s gloriously possible instead. It’s about actually getting meaningful things done, here and now, in our work and our lives together – in the clear-eyed understanding that there won’t be time for everything, and that we’ll never eliminate life’s uncertainties.
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    1 hr and 4 mins
  • 454: Jim Levine - A Conversation With My Literary Agent (How To Write A Great Proposal)

    Jan 10 2022

    Read my new book, The Pursuit Of Excellence

    https://bit.ly/excellencehawk

    Full show notes at www.LearningLeader.com

    Text Hawk to 66866 for "Mindful Monday"

    Jim Levine has been a literary agent for more than 30 years. Some of his agency’s clients include Ray Dalio, Scott Galloway, Jay Shetty, Gillian Flynn (author of Gone Girl), Satya Nadella (CEO of Microsoft), Tom Brady, & Giselle Bundchen among others… He also is my book agent and he brokered the deals for my book deals for both Welcome To Management AND The Pursuit of Excellence with McGraw-Hill.

    Notes:

    • Early in my podcasting career, I asked all authors I recorded who the best book agent was... And many of them said, Jim Levine.
    • "Being an agent is a continuing liberal arts education, it’s an opportunity to engage with experts and thought leaders in a wide variety of fields and help shape their work to reach the broadest possible audience.”
    • Jim has written and published 7 books and over 100 articles for professional magazines… He's won awards for his work as a writer.
    • He's the founding director of The Fatherhood Project – A 20-year long foundation-supported initiative to increase men’s involvement in childrearing in all segments of society.
    • Jim takes us inside the process from book proposal, selling to a publisher, and ultimately getting the book published.
    • "Being an agent is so much more than just selling the book. The relationship is so much more intimate. You have to care."
    • Building a company and a culture of growth...
    • The best book proposals he's read:
      • The Master Algorithm -- Pedro Domingos
      • Welcome To Management
      • Smartcuts by Shane Snow
    • Jim has spent most of his career putting together ideas, people, and money; identifying, nurturing, and marketing talent; and creating projects that make a difference.
    • Jim graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude from Amherst College, winning Woodrow Wilson, Fulbright, and Ford Foundation Fellowships. He holds two advanced degrees in English Literature from UC Berkeley, where he specialized in Shakespeare and modern literary criticism, and a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he specialized in child development and social policy.
    • Advice:
      • Don’t think about a job, think about skills you have and challenges you could take on…
      • The WHO is really important - Who you work for...
      • Be a perpetual learner
      • Follow your curiosity
      • Have a wide range of interests
    • What Jim looks for when hiring – Pat Lencioni’s humble, hungry, and smart – It’s about helping people solve problems.
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    49 mins

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