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Curiosity drives character development. Plain and simple. The directions we are curious towards will be the directions our character moves in the long term. Join Derrick and Drew as they learn from Katy how to be curious in such a way that leads to human flourishing (even when your not the hero/protagonist!). Then ponder the contrast between how Katy's curiosity leads to life and the antagonist, Xu Wenwu's, curiosity leads to death.
This week's Tour is a character study of everyone's favorite magician GOB Bluth from Arrested Development. GOB seems to fail quite often, yet he always has the persistence to get back up and try again. While we might not want to model our development leadership style after GOB specifically, we can add to our tool belt some tricks of the magic trade.
Buddy the Elf shows us all how to be curious in any environment. Each of us could ask ourselves the question: how might I be more curious given my life experiences and current situation? Buddy teaches us that it starts by being sure of who we are and what our purpose is. Then through the events of his life (like the mailroom scene), he gives us examples of how we can practice curiosity and become inspiring explorers.
In this week's Christmas themed episode the guys put themselves in the shoes of Buddy the Elf, examine why we would choose to be curious when it generally requires that we take a risk and put ourselves out there. While having naive curiosity like Buddy can sometimes get us into trouble, it also seems to be a prerequisite to growth. What is the right balance between naivety and skepticism? Is curiosity a gift or a skill? Join us on this journey to grow as leaders and enjoy a few laughs along the way.
(Loki S1 E1) To kickstart the series on Becoming Curious Explorers Derrick and Drew travel with Loki to visit the Time Variance Authority. Much like Loki, we are often thrust into totally unfamiliar scenarios in life. What does an effective approach to exploration look like? How can we leverage our prior knowledge and mental models while constantly integrating new information to successfully explore any uncharted dimension?
As leaders, we all want our work to live beyond us so we must be effective at passing it on to the next generation. In the bridge episode between the Game Theory series and the Curious Explorers series the guys return to Interstellar to talk "rage against the dying of the light". By examining Dr. Brand's deathbed scene, they learn how we can take our work and the fire of hope that we hold onto and pass that light on to the next generation.
The guys go deep into Halladay's character and approach to mentoring, seeking to understand how we do like the great founders we look up to, can "pass on" our greatest skills and learnings to the next generation of leaders. On the game theory side, they try to answer the question, "When should we adjust our prior assumptions about the game?". Knowing when to adjust our priors allows us to shrewdly adapt our strategy and tactics as the game progresses.
It can feel hard to keep up with the pace of change in today's climate. Thanks to the virtual world of the Oasis in the year 2045, the game moves at an even faster speed making it challenging to stay ahead of the competition. How can we build a competitive edge without sacrificing a family and social life? And how can we make sure that we are ready to make wise, others-centric decisions when the tests of life come at us unexpectedly?
Off on another rabbit hole, the guys take a crack at the infamous Anchorman fight scene. As humans, we all run across conflicts from time to time. Some seem avoidable while others are just plain ridiculous. By touring the lives of Ron Burgundy, Wes Mantooth, and Brick Tamland, Derrick and Drew piece together some wisdom for how to avoid silly conflicts and how to cool them down before we find ourselves saying, "that escalated quickly".
Continuing the Hunger Games Tour with Danny, the guys ponder how Katniss is able to use her empathy to create an alternative win condition for the game. While it often feels like the "game makers" want us to operate like it's winner-take-all, deep empathy allows us to create new ways to play and complete the game. Empathy is hard. Why is that and how do we get better at it? Danny brings in a simple model that allows us to reflect and grow.
Another week another Wonder Tour first. Derrick and Drew are joined by our first ever special guest, our friend Danny. Danny brings his outstanding passion for people to the Hunger Games as the (three) guys investigate how to win confusing "mixed strategy" games while remaining true to our character and values.
Introducing a new type of WonderTour, a rabbit hole. If we truly believe at not all who wonder are lost, then it follows that even by going down a side road in the journey we can learn something. On this week's slightly shorter episode the guys break down the confrontation between Luke and the Emperor in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Continuing the series on Game Theory, they discover how we can maximize our competitive edge in a game by finding the proper time to enter the game or reveal our hand.
The guys take a lot of joy in analyzing one of the funniest scenes in all of the Office, Jim's portrayal of the crusty customer, William M. Buttlicker (Season 5, Ep 7). While this one is super lighthearted, there's still much to learn in our series about Game Theory. How do you interact with a game within a game? What do you do when one of the other players are having a bad day (or are just petty)? And what types of game do we benefit most from making unlikely alliances?
The guys break down The Office season 5 episode "Prince Family Paper". The focus of the show is the Zero Sum game where there is a clear winner and loser. How do we play these games in real life? How do we avoid pulling a Michael Scott and backing ourselves into a corner? How does Plato relate to The Office? All this and much more!
The guys discuss games with incomplete or hidden information by looking at how Saruman and the Fellowship's strategies differ in the war for Middle-Earth. They then use the lessons they learn from Frodo, Gandalf, and Aragorn to put together a framework for how to win when playing from a weaker position.
The first Wonder Tour of Lord of the Rings is a milestone. Derrick and Drew celebrate by looking up to one of the most cherished mentors in any media, Gandalf. What do we do when a mentor falls down the hole with the balrog? How do we move on and continue to grow? There's a Wonder Tour formula for that. To end part 1 it's time for a formal introduction to game theory, a key tool in the decision-makers tool belt.
The guys begin by unpacking the wise last words of the Ancient One, "Arrogance and fear still keep you from learning the greatest lesson of all: it's not about you". Next they imagine humans as surfers learning to ride the waves of reality. In exploring the awesome ending confrontation with Dormamu they bring in game theory and the question, how can we use strategy to break the game?
The guys enter another dimension as they analyze how Doctor Strange grows from being a selfish leader to a servant leader. When someone, like Stephen, is stuck in a fixed mindset, how can we help them to break out and become magnanimous? They finish up by fleshing out a model to make us more powerful leaders, "arcane skill development".
In the second part of the Tour of Inception the guys unpack the ending, debating if the top is still spinning and what it all means. Alikening our shared journeys to a symphony they imagine each of us as composers working together to weave the story. Diving into the concept of a "kick" they ponder how formulating and synchronizing kicks can allow us to successfully jumpstart our vision and ideas through good storytelling. Finally, they make heartfelt pitches as to why we want to become good leaders and help others avoid "becoming old men (and women) filled with regret"
The Wonderers begin by wrestling with the way shared dreaming works and what rules and formulas might apply in the movie. They focus on Saito to learn about the sponsoring type of mentor. By putting up projections we can end up covering the truth that we need to face leaving us in a state of restless sleep. How might we destroy the projections we put up that, like Mal, are keeping us asleep to our purpose.
This week's Tour focuses on Parks and Recreation Season 2 Episode 6 (Kaboom). Keef (Paul Scheer) inspires Leslie to KABOOM her pit problem. Along the way Derrick and Drew ponder classic questions like, "Does the end justify the means?" and "Is it ever okay to take shortcuts?". To wrap it all up, they try their hand at crafting a better KABOOM.
In one of the guys favorite episodes yet, they weave together elements of music, visuals, themes, and story coming to the conclusion that living life vibrantly is a key to being a magnanimous leader. Graciously experiencing all the highs and lows of the present world allows us to unlock the potential of each moment even when we can't see how it'll all play out. From Yondu we discover what a crusty mindset looks like, how it's formed, and how to help others to break out of a fixed mindset. Finally, from Peter, we learn what it looks like to lead by example and how that can ultimately unite a splintered team.
For this Tour the guys attempt to navigate the dream-like arc of Tyler Durdin, Jack, Marla, and Bob. The narrator, Jack, is a great example of how an over-structured life (business, or portfolio), while reducing our perceived downside risk, often drastically limits our opportunity for upside outcomes like developing character (creating competitive advantages, or turning a large profit). When, like Tyler, we deconstruct a something, like map or model, without constructing a new one in its place, we get Project Mayhem. When we marry up a proper deconstruction with a wise rebuild, we hit the sweet spot for growth potential. In short: Deconstruction + Reconstruction = Renewal. With this formula in mind, it's time to pontificate on how we can go about renewing ourselves and our businesses.
As leaders, we tend to carry extra weight that isn't really ours to wield. Weight that's projected onto us from our past, from our present, from our colleagues, from our families, etc. It's hard to visualize this weight but we can feel it's effects draining our confidence and hope. On this week's Wonder Tour, we learn from Rey (and Ben) how we can identify and shed the Phantom Weight we're carrying and in turn how we might help to free others from their own Phantom Weight.
This week we are throwing back to the first recorded episode of Wonder Tour that we never aired. The guys discuss mentor theory and then work through how we might dig deep into ourselves to find and establish our purpose as leaders and how that equips us to make the right decisions. We hope you enjoy a sneak peak into how we began this journey by touring one of our favorite films of all time in Nolan's Batman Begins.
When we see too narrow of a vision of the the future, we risk getting stuck in "Tunnel Vision" on a destination. Tunnel Vision can lock up our progress, weaken our experiences, and ultimately lead to disappointment when we finally reach the destination we envisioned and we find ourselves feeling unfulfilled. By tapping into Russell's spirit of adventure, the guys discover how to let go of the glorified, fixed destinations we set up in our lives that consistently let us down.
Drew and Derrick look through the eyes of Thor and Loki to help us understand the path we walk as leaders, specifically focusing on how to deal with crucible moments (painful life stages that lead to our growth and formation). Thor and Loki are both full of potential, but take wildly different journeys in developing their character. Thor leans into the pain and humbles himself, becoming a leader worth following, while Loki uses his gifts to try to speed up or cheat his natural growth as a leader and pays the price. If we believe that our actions are meaningful then it follows that each action propels us towards the positive or negative end of our potential "character spectrum" (or the range of outcomes of our character given our unique abilities, personalities, and experiences). Put simply, we are either actively becoming people with loving character or we are passively becoming apathetic, indifferent, or worse.
A grand dream, like a thick gas, can intoxicate people within a confined space, but what happens when the space the vision is cast in scales more quickly than the vision itself? The guys unpack PT Barnum's leadership superpower, vision, by analyzing how the density of his vision correlates with his rise, fall, and rise again.
Derrick and Drew explore the world and leaders of the Mandalorian, honing specifically in on Season 1 Episode 7-8. First we get caught up learning from Kuill how purified, narrow scope leadership can build one into a sage-like individual. Then we imagine ourselves in Din's story, growing from a lone wolf to a servant leader. Big takeaways include the best ways to build trust in a disjointed relationship and the need for a "relationship hook" in tricky or complex social networks.