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Jul 18, 2022

One of the things we love on this show (and as human beings for that matter – I think), is adventure. I think that’s because adventures are one of the best ways we have to embrace uncertainty. They involve not being quite sure of the outcomes of something we may be trying to do, or what we will encounter along the way. Adventure also necessarily involves risk – and that is a good thing. And of course, a good adventure, in whatever form it takes, is fun.

So, it’s a pleasure to welcome back Oscar Scafidi to the show. Oscar is currently based in Tunisia. He is a travel writer, educator, and an Africa political risk consultant. Oscar’s first appearance on All Things Risk involved his expedition kayaking the Kwanza river in Angola. In this episode, Oscar share his most recent adventure in which he and his friend Ben Stephen attempted to kayak the Mangoky River in Madagascar from the source to the sea – a total of about 500 kilometres. In the process, they attempted to set a Guinness World Record and raise money for two charities – The World Food Programme and Our Kids, Our Future Madagascar.

Like any good adventure, Oscar and Ben’s draws you in. We get into the detail of the adventure and at a certain point, you almost feel like you’re there, experiencing it with Oscar and Ben. However, we also take a step back and talk about purpose, resilience, mental strength, planning, and loads more.

Show notes:

Kayak the Mangoky

The World Food Programme Madagascar

Our Kids, Our Future Madagascar

Oscar’s YouTube channel

Oscar’s first appearance on All Things Risk – Kayaking the Kwanza

Klepper kayaks

Security issues in Madagascar’s Dahalo region

Bilharzia

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Jun 24, 2022

Today, we talk about diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. I welcome to the show Cynthia Owyoung. Cynthia is the vice president of inclusion, equity and belonging at Robinhood. She is also the founder of Breaking Glass Forums where she develops strategies to accelerate an increase in more diverse and inclusive organisations. She has worked on these types of initiatives for over twenty years.

She has also recently authored All Are Welcome – How to Build a Real Workplace Culture of Inclusion That Delivers Results. From the perspective of risk, organisations that have a high degree of diversity should make better decisions under uncertainty because they ostensibly have more experiences and perspectives on which to draw. But, as Cynthia points out, diversity isn’t enough. People need to be included and have a sense of belonging in their organisations.

We get into that in this episode. Cynthia shares her background, she discusses a number of the myths and challenges associated with diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, how to overcome these, and the benefits of doing so – and more.

Show notes:

Cynthia Owyoung

All Are Welcome – How to Build a Real Workplace Culture of Inclusion That Delivers Results

Cynthia on Twitter

Marcus Buckingham’s Nine Lies About Work

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May 31, 2022

Today’s episode has a bit of everything. My guest is Benj Gallander. Benj is one of Canada’s most successful contrarian investors. Benj started investing in the 1970s and in 1995 with his friend Ben Stadelmann, he co-founded Contra The Herd, an investment newsletter that has achieved an astonishing annualised return of 19.6%. Benj is the author of three best-selling books, including The Contrarian Investors’ 13 and The Uncommon Investor III – How to Earn Superior Returns in the Stock Market. He writes a column in the Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper, is a regular speaker in the investment media, and is on the board of two companies.

Now, I thought this was going to be a conversation about contrarian investing but it turned out to be so much more. Benj has a wide array of interests and experiences and the conversation reflects that. I think it also reflects the big lesson of this episode – curiosity and diversity of interests and thoughts are fundamental to enduring, sustainable success – and I think they most certainly have played a big role in Benj’s success.

This also comes through throughout the episode – from when Benj describes his investment philosophy, co-founding Contra the Herd, discussing learning from mistakes, the importance of reading and learning, cryptocurrencies, Benj’s take on fear, doing uncomfortable things, and so much more.

Show notes:

Benj Gallander

Contra The Herd

Benj’s Globe and Mail column

The Contrarian Investors’ 13

The Uncommon Investor III – How to Earn Superior Returns in the Stock Market

Meme stocks

Technical analysis

Ron Meisels on technical analysis

Alpha Pro Tech (APT)

Fairfax

Books and authors mentioned:

            Walden by Henry David Thoreau

            Sylvia Plath

            My Stockbroker is a Bum: Or, Where are all the Customers’ Yachts by Charles D’Ambrosio

            The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre

            A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

Shel Silverstein

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

            How to Decide by Annie Duke

Annie Duke on All Things Risk

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May 12, 2022

Today, we look at how and why some ideas take off and others don’t – in other words, how and why things scale. I am delighted to bring to you my conversation with John List. John has been described as a ‘master economist’ and a ‘revolutionary experimenter’. He is certainly a pioneer in combining economic theory with field experiments. John is currently the Chief Economist at Walmart and has held the same role at Lyft and Uber. He is also the Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago’s Department of Economics and has been an economic advisor to the Bush White House.

For the purposes of this episode, John discusses his latest and fabulous book The Voltage Effect – How to Make Good Ideas Great and Great Ideas Scale. In it, John argues that scalability is critical to just about everything from medical breakthroughs to social movements. John shares a number of insights from the book, including the conditions necessary for something to scale and the secrets to high voltage scaling.

We also spend some time on a topic I consider fascinating – when and how to quit something that is not serving us. This is one of the secrets to high voltage scaling. It’s a fascinating conversation!

Show notes:

The Voltage Effect

John’s University of Chicago page

John on Twitter

John on LinkedIn

The Khasi people of India

Vince Lombardi

John’s piece in the Wall Street Journal on quitting

The quitting ‘coin flip’ experiment

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Apr 11, 2022

I’ve been wanting to have an episode in which we take a ‘big picture’ look at Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. However, there is so much analysis out there about the conflict that I wasn’t sure if I could bring on the right guest who could be highly credible and offer a unique perspective, preferably steeped in a wider historical context. This is why I am so delighted to bring to you my conversation with Susan Eisenhower.

Susan is the granddaughter of General and President Dwight Eisenhower. She wrote a critically-acclaimed book about her grandfather’s leadership principles entitled How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower’s Biggest Decisions. She is also an expert on Russia-US relations, international security, energy, and space policy. She has served on numerous government task forces, is the Chair of Public Policy Programs at the Eisenhower Institute, and the founder of the Eisenhower Group, a consulting firm. So, she knows of what she speaks.

This episode proceeds in two parts. In the first half, Susan covers General President Dwight Eisenhower’s leadership principles, particularly how he made decisions. We focus on D-Day and when, as President, Ike looked at options to contain Soviet expansionism. These leadership and decision-making principles are not only fascinating, but they are also highly transferable.

In the second half, we fast forward to the present and discuss Russia’s war with Ukraine. Susan shares how we got here, a number of concerns she has, as well as the longer-term implications of the conflict. She also discusses decision-making in the context of nuclear war more broadly.

Show notes:

Susan Eisenhower

How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower’s Biggest Decisions

The Eisenhower Foundation

The Great Man Theory of leadership

D-Day

Project Solarium

Atoms for Peace

Gettysburg College

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Mar 31, 2022

What happens when your ability to make decisions gets clouded – and driven – by addiction? Why does ‘letting go’ make sense in these circumstances? What does it feel like when doing the right thing for your health seems somehow risky and frightening? And what in the world does running have to do with all of this?

Making his second appearance on the podcast is my good friend Robert Earl Stewart. Based in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Robert (or Bob as I’ve always known him) is a writer, poet, and former journalist and bookseller. He is also a recovering alcoholic and has struggled with food addiction. At one point in his life, he weighed nearly 400 pounds and struggled to breathe while talking.

As you will hear, he took up running in an effort to save his life and ended up writing a fabulous book about his journey. The book is called The Running-Shaped Hole. It’s funny, moving, and inspirational as it chronicles how Robert lost 140 pounds, ran the Detroit Free Press half marathon, ended up in jail at one point, and tons in between. He shares his thoughts on all of those things in this episode and more, including what addiction feels like, family, the importance of surrender, and how authorities suspected he may have been at the head of an international organsised crime syndicate that provokes monied interests at picnics (you will have to listen to learn more about that last one). Like his book, this is an entertaining, funny, and thought-provoking conversation.

Show notes:

The Running-Shaped Hole

Robert on Goodreads

Robert on Twitter

Robert’s first appearance on All Things Risk

Blaise Pascal’s God-shaped hole

Michel Foucault’s heterotopia

Willistead Park

Hiram Walker

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Mar 8, 2022

Recent events – at the time of writing, Russia’s unlawful invasion of Ukraine – reinforce that uncertainty is an inherent human condition. Our guest on this episode offers an approach to this reality that is useful. Paula Reid is an adventurer, and more precisely, an adventure psychologist. She has completed a number of epic things like skiing to the South Pole, sailing around the world, and paddling the Mekong river.

While we have had many adventurers on the show, I invited Paula to appear because she is a trailblazer in the field of adventure psychology – which is all about using applied psychology and experience to facilitate enduring performance and well-being. She helps individuals and organisations survive, cope and thrive during change. Given the state of the world, that is something all of us can use.

Show notes:

Paula’s website

Anticipatory thinking

The Brave Athlete by Simon Marshall and Lesley Paterson

The film “Backdraft”

Alex Honnold

Adam Grant on Languishing

Safety and wingsuit BASE jumping

Alistair Humphreys on All Things Risk (including references to the ‘doorstep mile’)

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Feb 18, 2022

Today, we look at organisations and the people within them. I want you to meet our guest, Minal Bopaiah. Minal is the founder of Brevity and Wit, a strategy and design firm dedicated to designing a more equitable world. She is also the author of a great book Equity – How to Design Organisations Where Everyone Can Thrive. Minal is based in the USA but her expertise and experience in combining human-centred design, behaviour change science, and the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity and accountability is relevant to people everywhere.

From the perspective of risk, uncertainty and decision-making, the concept of equity – the way Minal addresses it – leads to better outcomes. I think that’s because it creates more robust and higher-quality decisions. Minal also makes the distinctions between diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility very clear. Her approach is down-to-earth and pragmatic – and very engaging.

Show notes:

Minal Bopaiah

Brevity and Wit

Equity – How to Design Organisations Where Everyone Can Thrive

Article – “How Putting Yourself in Someone Else’s Shoes May Backfire”

The BJP political party in India

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Jan 30, 2022

Today, we talk about the science of fear. Fear is a theme that unsurprisingly comes up a lot on this podcast, as it is so closely associated with risk and uncertainty. We get to discuss fear in a great way with our guest Eva Holland, author of the book Nerve – A Personal Journey Through the Science of Fear. Eva is a freelance writer based in Whitehorse in the Yukon territory of Northern Canada. She is a correspondent for Outside magazine and has had her work published in the likes of Wired, Bloomberg and National Geographic News.

In 2015, Eva was forced to face her greatest fear when her mother sadly passed away suddenly from a stroke. After her grief subsided, Eva began to explore how her fears may have limited her, and whether or not it was possible to move past them. This led to a deep dive into the science of fear, including where phobias come from, how they differ from trauma or anxiety, and whether we can find better ways to feel afraid.

We get into all of that in this episode. We discuss the different types of fear, what Eva learned, some insights into what happens to people who have a rare disease that prevents them from feeling fear, how people like rock climber Alex Honnold process fear, and much more.

Show notes:

Nerve: A Personal Journey Through the Science of Fear (in N America “Adventures in the Science of Fear”)

Eva’s website

Eva on Twitter

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk

How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund Bourne

Alex Honnold

Patient S.M.

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Jan 9, 2022

One of the ways in which to manage uncertainty is by creating routines and rituals that drive a degree of certainty in our lives. In previous episodes, we’ve talked about decision-making and decision quality – that we cannot control outcomes but we can control the quality of our decisions. That requires focus. And focus isn’t easy in this day and age of seemingly infinite distraction.

 

With that, I want you to meet our guest, Thatcher Wine. Thatcher is the CEO of Juniper Books. You may have come across them for their beautiful, hand-crafted book sets. The reason I invited Thatcher on the show however is because he recently wrote his own fabulous book – The Twelve Monotasks: Do One Thing at a Time to Do Everything Better.

 

I think that we believe – even subliminally – that we need to multi-task to be successful. Thatcher’s book tackles that myth and introduces the concept of “monotasking muscles”. He believes we can use monotasking as the foundation for everything in our lives. The book presents twelve monotasks – from reading, listening, playing, creating, sleeping, and more. It is based on research in neuroscience, productivity, and the attention economy which all demonstrate monotasking’s benefits.

In the episode, we cover Thatcher’s background, the origins of the book, what monotasking is, we dive into some of the monotasks most related to the themes of this show, and Thatcher shares some tips on how we can strengthen our monotasking muscles.

Show notes:

The Twelve Monotasks: Do One Thing at a Time to Do Everything Better

Monotasking Tips

Juniper Books

Thatcher on Twitter

Peter Drucker

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Dec 30, 2021

This is our annual “best of” episode, featuring some memorable clips from our 2021 podcasts. I use the term “best of” loosely because I recognise that all listeners get something a bit different out of each guest and episode. We feature clips from the following (in the order they appear in the “Best of” 2021):

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Dec 5, 2021

This episode is all about how to take something that is important but frankly, considered to be less-than-exciting, and making that thing interesting and relevant. Anything that involves following rules is often like this – and if you do compliance or legal work, you will have come across this. And even if you don’t, chances are that you have faced this dilemma at some point.

When faced with this challenge, it’s crucial to get creative – or risk the consequences. Meet Stan Lui, our guest in this episode. In his day job, Stan is the Legal Director of a Hong Kong-based automotive firm. That means that he works with colleagues on legal topics that are considered ‘boring’ but are very important – consider the risks of fraud or corruption for instance.

So, Stan reached into his many creative talents – like street theatre – and founded something called the White Hat Guys. The White Hat Guys aims to create and innovative and engaging compliance narrative. This includes videos, interesting training and lots of cool techniques for what Stan calls “maximum message stickiness.”

We get into all of that, how and why Stan set up White Hat Guys, cultural differences on these and related topics, and a range of things in between.

Show notes:

Stan on LinkedIn

White Hat Guys

White Hat Guys on Instagram

The 6 hats of decision-making

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Nov 14, 2021

This is the second of our two consecutive episodes about cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and digital finance. You don’t need to have listened to the first of these with Ethan Lou in order to get out a lot of this one – at the same time, we do recommend you listen to it. In it, we covered the ‘wild west' of the cryptocurrency world.

Today, we continue to talk about the risks and opportunities in this space, but our focus turns to the present and future of these technologies – including other uses of blockchain, stablecoins, and even a prediction or two.

I am delighted to bring to you my conversation with Dante Disparte. Dante is a global leader in harnessing risk and emerging technologies to improve economic competitiveness and resilience. He is currently the Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Global Policy at Circle. Circle is a digital financial services firm, which among other things, has built the US dollar coin (USDC). Prior to this, Dante was a founding executive at the Diem Association. Diem (previously known as Libra) is the blockchain payment system of Meta (formerly known as Facebook of course). Dante was also a member of the USA’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). You may also be familiar with his name as he co-authored Global Risk Agility with Daniel Wagner, a frequent guest on All Things Risk.

We get into a fair bit in this conversation, including:

  • The risks and opportunities of crypto and blockchain, which include Dante’s take on his former professor Nassim Taleb (author of The Black Swan)’s prediction that Bitcoin goes to zero. Dante has great respect for Taleb but disagrees with this particular take;
  • Stablecoins and what Dante calls “digitally-enabled and secure networks”, including some interesting applications for these technologies;
  • Geopolitics and cryptocurrencies;
  • What the future holds;
  • A lot more!

Show notes:

Dante’s website

Dante on Twitter

Circle

The US Dollar Coin (USDC)

Nassim Taleb’s take on Bitcoin

Yuval Noah Harari and Sapiens

Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and fraud

Our conversation with Oliver Bullough on “Moneyland”

“How Robert Mueller Used Bitcoin to Catch Russia”

The Diem / Libra project

The potential use of blockchain to speed up insurance payments following disasters

“Is America Losing the Digital Currency Race” – Dante’s piece in Project Syndicate

Web 3.0

Our episode on Global Risk Agility with Daniel Wagner

Our episode with Ethan Lou, author of “Once a Bitcoin Miner”

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Nov 9, 2021

The next two episodes will be focused on cryptocurrencies and we will be giving this the full “All Things Risk” treatment. If you look at many of the resources available to try and understand this stuff, you will inevitably be driven to the areas of computer science, finance, economics and in some cases, philosophy. Bitcoin has even been described as a libertarian nirvana and many cryptocurrencies have an almost cult-like status amongst some of their proponents. On top of this, there is plenty of mis-information based on a lack of transparency – which of course can lead to fraud as much as (if not more than) riches.

What I have long thought is that there was a lack of explanation for the cryptocurrency phenomenon based on the human condition. That is, until now. Meet Ethan Lou. Ethan is a journalist at Canada’s Financial Post, an early crypto investor, and the author of a fabulous new book called Once a Bitcoin Miner – Scandal and Turmoil in the Cryptocurrency Wild West.

I came across Ethan upon reading his opinion piece in Canada’s Globe and Mail in which he equates the world of crypto to the “frontier myth” in which participants are motivated not just by greed and speculation but also by a sense of adventure and even fantasy. That entails good and bad things, particularly when that fantasy comes up against reality. Ethan has met a range of colourful and sometimes dodgy characters during his crypto journey and he shares of some of that in this episode. This path even took him to North Korea, and we discuss that too. He also discusses whether or not these assets are in a bubble and shares advice for the crypto-curious.

Regardless of your views of and experiences in cryptocurrency and blockchain, I don’t think you can fully understand these things without understanding the perspective that Ethan shares. His insights are colourful, based on first-hand experience, and very revealing.

Show notes:

Ethan’s website;

Once a Bitcoin Miner;

Ethan on Twitter;

Ethan’s Financial Post column;

Ethan’s Globe and Mail article;

Anthony Di Iorio;

Virgil Griffith;

Ronny Chieng video in the Daily Show;

Nassim Taleb on Bitcoin;

Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs);

Gerald (Jerry) Cotton and the Quadriga insolvency;

Bitcoin ETFs

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Oct 21, 2021

What can we learn about living from the prospect (indeed the certainty) of dying? Meet David Richman. David is an author, speaker, trainer, and endurance athlete. For the purposes of this conversation, he is the author of Cycle of Lives, a book that tells 15 different people’s stories around the emotional chaos of cancer. David lost his own sister to cancer, which, as will hear, led to his ventures in endurance sport. That is relevant because not only did David write 15 very compelling stories, but he also rode a bike across the United States to meet with those subjects in person, covering a distance of over 5,000 miles (approximately 8,000 kilometers).

We talk about all of that and more, including:

  • The certainty of death, and what that does to those facing it directly, and those around them;
  • How to have difficult conversations;
  • Various stories from the book;
  • Endurance sport and pushing one’s limits.

Show notes:

David Richman;

David on:

            Twitter

            LinkedIn

            Instagram

Cycle of Lives;

Chris Boardman

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Sep 30, 2021

Today, we take a dive into some lessons from the political and security risk business. My guest is Richard Fenning. Now and executive coach, Richard was the CEO of Control Risks for 14 years, one of the world’s foremost consulting firms in this space. As you might imagine, being the CEO for a firm like this is incredibly interesting. After all, Control Risks helps clients deal with things like kidnappings, terrorist incidents, coups, fraud, corruption, and just about everything in between.

Richard has written a fabulous book about the experience. It’s called What on Earth Can Go Wrong? Tales From the Risk Business. It’s part memoir, part travel book, part business book and contains first-hand, insightful (and sometimes funny) accounts of Richard’s experiences in places like Kenya, Iraq, Colombia, Russia, the USA amongst others. It also contains interesting reflections about decision-making in such places.

We get into that and more in this episode, including:

  • Richard’s reflections on the situation in Afghanistan (this was recorded the day after the fall of Kabul);
  • Decision-making in challenging business environments;
  • The underside of globalisation;
  • The difference between fear and risk;
  • Much more.

Show notes:

Richard Fenning

What on Earth Can Go Wrong? Tales from the Risk Business

Control Risks

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Sep 16, 2021

Today we talk about the work in a post-pandemic world. I welcome back to the show Dr. Gleb Tsipursky. Gleb is a best-selling author, the CEO and founder of Disaster Avoidance Experts and an expert on cognitive biases and decision-making. He joins the podcast to discuss his latest book Returning to the Office and Leading Hybrid and Remote Teams.

We discuss the mistakes that the likes of Facebook, Amazon, and others have made when returning to physical offices, how organizations can avoid these, why hybrid working is here to stay, cognitive biases and the new era of work, and much more.

Show notes:

Returning to the Office and Leading Hybrid and Remote Teams

Disaster Avoidance Experts

Gleb on LinkedIn

Gleb’s website;

Gleb on Twitter

Episodes 45  76 and 126 of All Things Risk with Gleb Tsipurksy

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Aug 16, 2021

To tee up this conversation, I want you to think about fear, or more specifically “fearlessness”. I’m going to posit that this is a concept that makes little to no sense, at least when presented as a positive trait. It isn’t wise to be around anyone who purports to be “fearless”. Fear is a natural human emotion. Courage and bravery are impossible without it, and great risk management needs to acknowledge and understand it.

With that, meet Coach Tony Blauer, this episode’s guest. Coach Blauer has been in the martial arts, self-defence, defence tactics industry for over four decades. He trains people in self-defence, working with both individuals and governments. His research into physiology and mindset as it relates to violence and confrontation management has influenced over three decades of reality-based martial arts.

However, I didn’t bring Coach Blauer on to discuss combat tactics. I brought him on the show because in creating and refining his self-defense system, he developed a deep understanding of fear based on psychology, physiology, and neuroscience.

We talk about that because there is a huge cross-over with just about everything else when it comes to fear. From a risk and uncertainty perspective, we can learn a lot from Coach Blauer. So today, it’s about “know fear”, not “no fear’.

 

Show notes:

 

Blauer Training Systems

Coach Blauer’s Know Fear Now website

Coach Blauer on:

            Instagram

            Facebook

            LinkedIn

Coach Blauer’s free ebook “Making Friends With Fear” is available here

Hick’s Law

Crossed Extensor Reflex

The Boston Strangler

Flow states

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Jul 19, 2021

This episode comes at a very interesting time as parts of the world start to open up. A feature of many of our “normal” lives is live events – sport, theatre, live entertainment. We put this episode live one week before the Tokyo Olympics and a week after the European and South American football championships. Live events are reflections of our societies.

With that, meet our guest, Steve Adelman. Steve is a lawyer and a world-renowned expert on event safety and security. He literally wrote the book on crowd safety in the USA, was the lead author on The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide, and has worked with numerous large organisations on live events. He even deposed Eminem.

Steve has a rare gift for making complex topics come to life. This makes for a super interesting and fun conversation. We cover crowd behaviour, risk assessment in large events, the pandemic, reopening, and much more.

Show notes:

Steve’s law firm, Adelman Law Group

Event Safety Alliance

Adelman on Venues

The Crucible by Henry Miller

The Hillsborough Disaster

Love Parade Disaster

The Black Swan by Nassim Taleb

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Route 91 shooting

Manchester Arena bombing

The Unthinkable by Amanda Ripley

Event Safety Summit

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Jun 28, 2021

If you’ve listened to our show for any length of time, you will know that we look at risk and uncertainty in unconventional ways. We rarely talk about risk methodology nor do we use lots of jargon. We talk to people from all walks of life because uncertainty is everywhere. We can’t escape it, so we better understand it. We want to make risk and uncertainty accessible because they are fundamental to the human experience. This is embodied when we say “embrace uncertainty”.

This conversation provides us with another lens to embrace uncertainty. That lens is curiosity. Meet Lauren Yee, the “Cultivator of Curiosity”. Lauren helps organisations and people solve problems, improve their ideas and reach their potential through curiosity – because curiosity, as you will hear, is a driver of great things. She has worked with the likes of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, LinkedIn, Google and others.

She also founded the largest LEGO-based (i.e. the toys) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) consultancy. We talk about that and more including quitting, innovation and failure, having difficult conversations, play and of course, how to cultivate curiosity.

Show notes:

Lauren’s website;

Lauren on LinkedIn;

Lauren on Twitter

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May 28, 2021

On previous episodes of the podcast, we’ve discussed behavioural science when it comes to decision-making, we’ve talked about psychology and psychological frameworks – or mindset – when it comes to uncertainty and risk. However, we have never covered hypnosis. So, when I got the opportunity to have Jason Linett on the show, I naturally jumped at the chance.

Jason is a Certified Professional Hypnotist. He has spent nearly two decades learning and applying how hypnosis can change behaviours. As I read Jason’s bio and thought about the whole concept of hypnosis I considered how it could be used unethically (I was reminded on our conversation on cults with Steve Hassan) and also wondering about the circumstances under which hypnosis might work. Jason demystifies the practice and differentiates it from manipulation.

We get into all of that in this episode. Jason shares his background, we get into what hypnosis is and isn’t, we discuss the ethics of hypnosis, how Jason uses it with his clients, he shares some specific techniques, and much more.

Show notes:

Jason’s website

Jason on Facebook

Jason on Twitter

Hypnotherapy Board

Dave Elman

Implicit Learning

Future Pacing

Double Bind

Meta Model Questions

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May 9, 2021

Today, we talk about creativity, joy and passion – and how a sense of values can serve as an anchor during uncertain times. My guest is Jen Ables. Jen is someone who has worn many hats in her life. One of her first hats was as an insurance underwriter – so we start there, but it gets much more interesting!

We go on a trip in this conversation with Jen that includes the difference between success and happiness, uncertainty and resilience, Jen’s journey to becoming a dance instructor and which included a trip to the Obama White House for the “United State of Women” summit. We cover Jen’s work with wounded military veterans using dance as part of their physiotherapy and mental recovery. We get into gratitude and in what I think is a timely episode as many of us grapple with the past year of this pandemic and beyond, ways in which we can embrace uncertainty during challenging times.

Show notes:

Jen’s website

Jen on LinkedIn

Jen on Instagram

Dr. Drennan, Temple School of Business

Dr. Martin Luther King – The Drum Major Instinct

Bruce Lee – “flowing water never goes stale”

Nobel Prize winners and hobbies

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Apr 13, 2021

Today we meet Nick Bradley. Nick is a world-renowned business growth and scale-up specialist. He hosts his own podcast, the popular Scale Up Your Business podcast and is the co-founder of The Fielding Group, a growth accelerator that helps companies improve their business performance.

Nick has an interesting background in that he worked for what some might call the dark side of business, private equity. He led turnarounds, mergers and acquisitions and scale-ups before deciding that he wanted to use that knowledge to help founders and entrepreneurs. Nick discusses that world and that decision, his background in endurance athletics, and much more.

Show notes:

Nick’s website;

The Scale Up Your Business podcast;

The Fielding Group;

Profit First by Mike Michalowicz

David Goggins

Jocko Willink

Zig Ziglar

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Mar 9, 2021

As human beings, there are many ways in which we tend not to make great decisions, particularly when risk is involved. So, what does great decision-making under uncertainty look like? This episode is jam-packed with plenty of insight, useful techniques and fascinating research. Making her second appearance on the All Things Risk podcast is Annie Duke. Annie is a former World Series of Poker champion (she’s won ~$4 million in the game before retiring in 2012) and is now a speaker, consultant and decision scientist.

We had Annie on the show a couple of years ago to discuss her first book Thinking in Bets – Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts – a best-seller. Today, Annie joins us to talk about her latest book How to Decide – Simple Tools for Making Better Choices. In it, she merges her poker expertise with her cognitive psychology research to create a series of tools anyone can learn to make better decisions.

We get into a ton of great stuff about decision-making in this podcast covering risk, faulty information, how to make great decisions quickly, we talk about quitting, why decision-making isn’t taught in schools, Annie’s work for the Alliance for Decision Education and much more.

Show notes:

Annie’s website

How to Decide

Thinking in Bets

The Alliance for Decision Education

Michael Mauboussin

Daniel Kahneman

Amos Tversky

Richard Thaler

Pete Carroll

Motivated reasoning

Satisficing

Angela Duckworth and Grit

Alex Honnold - Free Solo

Cass Sunstein

Barry Staw

Katy Milkman

Jack Horner

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Feb 24, 2021

Today, we welcome Rory Douglas to the show. Rory is a financial educator, a high-performance coach, author and the CEO of Aqua Financial Centre.  As you will hear, Rory spent a lot of time working with clients in the music industry and those with a significant amount of material wealth. So, we get into the world of wealth management and what wealth actually means.

Beyond this, this is a conversation about how finding a sense of purpose and meaning can (as we’ve explored before on the show) serve as a powerful anchor in the midst of stormy waters. But that takes work – it doesn’t ‘just happen’. We explore that too.

We also get into Rory’s background growing up with dyslexia and that that meant to his development  - and we get into an interesting phenomenon the population of entrepreneurs have twice as many dyslexics as the general working population of most advanced economies. We also get into decision-making, dealing with setbacks, and much more.

Show notes:

Rory Douglas

Aqua Financial Centre

The rule of 72

The 20/10 rule

Psychology, stress and performance (Yerkes-Dodson law)

Cracking the Rich Code

Broke – ESPN 30 for 30 film

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