GWI Redux: Julia Sloan & Michael Mauboussin

Being strategic is one of those buzzwords in corporate life. So many companies seek to become more strategic without really knowing what it means or if all the stakeholders are defining it in the same way.

Can people really learn it? Is it one of those things that you either have or you don’t?

Here are two Great Work Interviews designed to help you hone your strategic thinking skills

Julia Sloan

Julia Sloan is author of Learning to Think Strategically. She’s also an expert in teaching executives and global leaders how to do just that. In this Great Work Interview, Julia and I discuss how strategic thinking is like positioning a lighthouse, the difference between “complicated” and “complex”, and how a state of disequilibrium can produce innovative thought.

Listen to my interview with Julia Sloan.

Michael Mauboussin

No one likes (or plans to!) make bad decisions, but we all do it from time to time. Michael Mauboussin is the chief investment strategist at Legg Mason Capital Management as well as the author of Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition and what he has done so brilliantly in his book is point to some of the systemic errors in our mistakes and say that we can actually develop our ability to make better decisions.

In this interview, Michael and I discuss what separates great investors and business people from the average ones (it has very little to do with mathematical ability.) You’ll also find out why 80% of us think we’re better-than-average drivers, and how this overconfidence gets in the way of making better decisions.

Lastly, get ready to embrace the checklist: the humble yet effective tool, and the 3 keys to having a checklist that works.

Listen to my interview with Michael Mauboussin.



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