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Interstellar: How to Pass On Your Work at the End of a Chapter

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.

Ready Player One Pt. 2: When to Adjust Our Strategy and Tactics

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.

Ready Player One Pt. 1: How to Run at Your Own Pace When the Game Seems Too Fast

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?

Anchorman: How to Prepare for (Inevitable) Confrontations

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".

Hunger Games Pt. 2: Creating Alternate Win Conditions

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.

Hunger Games Pt. 1: Mixed Strategy Games

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.

Return of the Jedi: When to Enter the Game

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 Office Pt. 2: Games within a Game and Buttlicker Challenges

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 Office Pt. 1: Zero Sum Games and Prince Family Paper

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!

Fellowship of the Ring Pt. 2: How to Win with the Weaker Hand

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.

Fellowship of the Ring Pt. 1: Game Theory

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.

Doctor Strange Pt. 2: Strategically Breaking the Game

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?

Doctor Strange Pt. 1: Developing a Growth Mindset

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".

Inception Pt. 2: Moving on from Unfinished Endings

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"

Inception Pt. 1: How to Tear Down our Projections and Let the Truth Have It's Day

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.

Parks and Rec: Does the End Justify the KABOOM!?

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.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Turning Up the Vibrancy Levels on Life

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.

Fight Club: Renovating our Over-Structured Lives (and Businesses)

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.

Rey Skywalker: How to Lose Phantom Weight

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.

Batman Begins: The Purpose of Leadership

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.

Disney Pixar's Up: How to Stop Tunnel Visioning on the Destination and Enjoy the Adventure

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.

Thor: What to Do When Your Leadership Journey gets Derailed

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.

The Greatest Showman: Setting and Sustaining Vision Density

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.

The Mandalorian: Harnessing the Relationship Hook

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.

Interstellar: Becoming Curious Explorers

This time the guys start by pondering the power of curiosity through the lives of Interstellar heroes, Murph and Coop (along with how to develop a more curious character). Next, by looking at the trajectory of Dr. Mann, they frame up how a leader might fall prey to the allure of power, flipping morality to suit their own narrative. Finally, they take Nolan's bait and contemplate the dimension-bending tesseract scene, dabbling in the intellectual pool of human ascendance.

Pinocchio: The Organic Growth Rate

Derrick and Drew dive into the lovably naïve world of Pinocchio. On this ride, we decipher why the redemption narrative is so important to humanity and introduce the concept of an invisible growth rate that seemingly governs things in our world. By imagining this organic growth rate, we can be more effective at implementing changes that are sustainable over time.

Iron Man: The Power of Prototyping

Like the Iron Man suit, all awesome innovations start with a prototype. By learning from Tony Stark, we can become great prototypers and by extension more effective agents of change in the world.

Ocean's Eleven: Strategically Weaving the Perfect Team

This time on Wonder Tour Derrick and Drew tear down the mechanics of great heists and the teams that undergird the best execution. Through the use of strategic weaving and not merely operational scripts you can give your team the edge under pressure. Everyone could use a dash of Danny Ocean in their leadership repertoire!

Obi-Wan Kenobi: Learning to Surrender

On this week's Wonder Tour Derrick and Drew journey into the life of one of their favorite characters, Obi-Wan Kenobi of the Star Wars universe. We dig into the mentoring relationships that Obi-Wan had with Anakin and Luke, seeking to learn from his failures and successes. We stand in wonder as Obi-Wan becomes a cleansing trauma in the life of Darth Vader/Anakin through the power of surrender.

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