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Like Indiana Jones at the end of The Last Crusade, we all want to be the type of hero that can pass the trials when they inevitably come and save the day. But Indy can't pass those tests without his father Henry's wisdom and we as magnanimous leaders we know that it's not about us, it's about others. So how might we equip our team to pass the trials when it's hard to know when the trials will come or what trials we might face? To navigate that sort of uncertainty and challenge requires both generalist and specialist skill sets working in unison. To get to the Holy Grail we need to be able to integrate generalist skills like Indy's ability to adapt to change or fight his way out of a crowded room with specialist skills like Henry's knowledge of ancient civilizations and texts. Only then can the team pass the trials and accomplish the mission, becoming a bit more magnanimous along the way.
It's time to begin a new series on WonderTour. This time we are talking about Map-making and what better place to start than Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Navigating a complicated world takes all kinds of skills but one of the most under-rated is Map-making. While few maps are 100% accurate, many are useful. There are a plethora of different types of maps that we can make and use depending on the type of situation we find ourselves in, but one thing is clear, without a map it's hard to progress the story. In The Last Crusade, Indy only has literally half of a map and has to navigate to the fabled Holy Grail and doesn't this feel like the type of uncertainty we experience every single day. Join us as we follow Indy and his father on an adventure and learn how we too can navigate without half a map. (Brian Nutwell steps in to fill Derrick's seat today)
It's hard enough to have Compassion on our peers but how do we have Compassion on those above us and below us in the organization chart? All too often we hear blaming and conjecturing but rarely does an executive take action and have Compassion on the grassroots or does a citizen have compassion on their public servants. To put it in Stranger Things terms, it takes a lot of energy to create a gate between the layers of an organization and most often we aren't willing to do it. By looking at how in Stranger Things S1E5 the children work together with their teacher, Mr. Clarke, we can start to see how we, as magnanimous leaders, can become the flea to the acrobat, able to collaborate between the layers and create gates so that others can traverse those dimensions as well.
We would all probably say that we want to be compassionate people. But what do you do when you don't agree with the person you are trying to have compassion on? In Stranger Things S1E5, the Flea and the Acrobat, the children learn a lesson in compassion as they search for the Hawkins Lab. El manipulates the compass to try to keep them safe but Lucas uncovers her secret and and calls her out causing a fight. Having compassion on each other breaks through the personal conflicts and allows the team to eventually save Will and accomplish their mission.
While our world might not seem as dark as a galaxy under the veil of the evil empire, like Obi-Wan Kenobi closing himself off from the force it can sometimes feel like the smart decisions is just to stay quiet and conserve energy instead of putting ourselves out there for the good of others. While we may be sure of our mission to become better leaders for the good of others, protecting the long term good of those we care about can seem at odds with loving them in the short term. How might we navigate the intersection between compassion and wisdom when the lines get blurry and hard to parse?
In the MCU oftentimes what we remember most about our favorite heroes is their overcoming moment or how they vanquished the bad guy in the final fight. Yet, in our daily lives we rarely come across events of that magnitude. So how can we still be leaders like Thor in our daily struggles? Thor Ragnarok turns the superhero genre on its head, providing a character-driven buddy cop story where the heroes learn more from getting beat up than they do from winning. Odin's advice that Thor is the "god of thunder" not the "god of hammers" can only be realized once Hela crushes Thor's hammer and leaves him in a vulnerable state. Thor must become less so that he may finally learn that being a leader is about having compassion for his people, not defending his image. w/ Brian Nutwell
Choosing to act compassionately can feel like it drains our energy levels. On top of that the world is full of people in need and our time and resources our finite so how could we be compassionate to everyone all the time? Like many of us, Thor has some complicated relationships to work through, namely his brother Loki. Thor's love for his brother is clear but sometimes his actions feel like they're enabling Loki. How might we, like Thor, find the balance of compassion and wisdom that empower those we care about to become the best they can be.
With humans like with money it just seems like it can't grow fast enough. We want our investments to compound sooner. We want the hard work we are putting into our character to yield visible results. We want to help others flourish. But is there a ceiling on how fast money can grow? In order for humans to develop sustainably, should we temper our expectations? How can we apply what we know about leading humans to handling our finances? Find out on this week's episode as Derrick and Drew join financial advisor Adam Koos.
In our first Bonus episode, Derrick and Drew go on The Cash Podcast with host Adam Koos. If you resonate with WonderTour but are wondering how we go about applying what we learn from these stories in different contexts, look no further. Part 1 focuses on The Office, looking to Michael Scott and Dwight Schrute to help us identify our biases.
As humans, it seems like hope is a currency that we are always short on. As leaders we seek to inspire hope in those around us, but without a formula to execute, it's certainly daunting. Hope just isn't always logical. Enter compassion, an illogical maneuver that completely forgets what someone can do for us, inverting the focus from who we are in the story to who they are. This week we learn from The Batman embodies this shift as he goes from portraying vengeance with his fists to inspiring hope by cleaning up rubble. w/ Brian Nutwell
Normally it's considered a negative to subvert expectations. When it comes to compassion, if we wish to see lives transformed then we must look for opportunities to unexpectedly turn the narrative upside down. Changing a city or a culture is challenging work and it's often complicated. Like the Batman, how might we learn to have Compassion in the face of overwhelming pain rather than crusade for our own narrative of vengeance? Working definition: Compassion is about being there in the moment, seeing the world from someone else's viewpoint, and envisioning the future not getting caught up in the past. w/ Brian Nutwell
As we begin episode 1 of a series on compassion, we return to Parks and Recreation (S2E19) to check out everyone's favorite lovable goofball Jerry. It's so easy to find ourselves laughing at the Jerrys in life but how often do we actually sit down next to someone who's down on their luck or looked down on by society? What kind of impact can we have on the world when we do? By learning from Leslie we too can discover why being a magnanimous leader requires compassion.
Why can't we be like the magnanimous leaders from our favorite movies, extending ourselves for the good of others? Over the first 50 episodes of WonderTour we've journeyed through dozens of fantastic stories, developing our understanding of growth mindset, strategy, tactics, curiosity, and integrity. Join Derrick and Drew as we recap our Top 10 Moments of Wonder, weaving them together into a model for magnanimous character development. If you're new to WonderTour this is a great place to start!
One of the main reasons we might examine ourselves and find we don't measure up to the integrity of the ideal leader is because integrity seemingly must come at a cost. If integrity is about playing the long game, then we might have to give some immediate benefits up in the short term. In the Parks and Recreation season 2 episode "Hunting Trip" Leslie, Tom, and Ron experience both the power of integrity and the cost to uphold it. Through Leslie's dedication to the people she loves, she is able to overcome Tom's lack of integrity and, in doing so, change Tom for the better. Special guest: Bebe
Integrity is a foundational building block for a leader. A cornerstone that all other character traits are built upon. Much like a magnanimous leader, the film The Prestige is also built on undeniable integrity. Join Derrick and Drew as we go on a journey to discover how director Christopher Nolan magically weaves an unforgettable tale using the power of integrity.
Continuing our series on integrity we examine the lives of two rival magicians Alfred Borden and Robert Angier as they each seek to become the world's greatest. Over the course of their life-long pursuits their lack of integrity slowly rips their worlds apart leaving them with hollow endings. We empathize with their painful plight, but how can we avoid the same fate that many like Borden and Angier fall into on our journey to become magnanimous leaders?
In life we often feel the stress of conforming to established structures like organization charts and governments. While these things are great for sustaining order they generally struggle to bring transformation to life and society. That's where the network comes in. Din wows us with his constant relationship building with unexpected characters. How might we learn to be more magnanimous leaders by fusing the lessons passed down to us through our genes and our lives with the influence of our networks?
Like Dr. Mindy and Kate, it sometimes feels like we are swimming upstream to deliver a message of critical importance. "We need to transform our business model!" "You need to reform your habits". Our situations may not be an existential threat to humanity but they are existential for you or for your friends or family. Like Kate going on The Daily Rip, it can be anxiety-inducing to try to share the truth about reality to a world that would rather numb the pain. Through the ups and downs we can learn from Kate and Mindy how to effectively share our stories and how to have peace in the tumult.
It's so easy to compartmentalize ourselves into a work self vs a personal self. Psychology shows that if we aren't careful we can end up flipping a switch in our brains, putting up a different persona depending on the situation. In Don't Look Up, Dr. Mindy models integrity initially but then creates a fake self as he gains prominence and popularity. By finding the right "zoom level" for each situation and bringing it into focus, we can form a consistent model for our lives and avert compromise.
In today's world, it almost seems impossible to maintain integrity in all we do. To consistently take the long view, making decisions that prioritize the good of others, is seemingly a lost art. But if the ancient words of Heraclitus ring true and our character determines our destiny then integrity must be the unbreakable bonds that hold our character model intact over the course of our lives. By following the character arcs of Paul and Yueh we can see how our integrity either gives way to magnanimous character or leads to death.
This week's Tour brings a new guest, but a veteran of living out the Wonder Tour, Brian. As leaders it can be a struggle to get everyone rowing in the same direction. We all have a vision to cast, a story to tell of how the team gets there, but how do we get people so bought into that narrative that they will push the story forward even when we aren't around? By looking to Duke Leto's guidance we can see how his superpower of integrity allows the team to keep pressing forwards despite the obstacles.
Integrity has the power to hold everything together in our lives but it also has a power to set us free. Mirabel's superpower of integrity fixes the cracks in her family, lovingly shining light on the inconsistencies and offering an opportunity for transformation. When the magic is fading and we have to fall back on our foundation, it's simple integrity that can rebuild the bonds.
As we begin a new series on integrity, it's nice to start with a working definition. On Wonder Tour, we define integrity as acting consistently for the good of others. To have high integrity is to keep your character in tact long term, so we all must exhibit integrity to be magnanimous. In part 1, Derrick and Drew discover how the magic of Encanto ignites the spark of integrity in the Madrigal family, allowing joy and good character to flow out into the town around them.
As a finale to our series on curiosity, we take off on a whimsical air ship with James Newton Howard playing in the background to learn how our curiosity impacts the character of others. Through Jim's journey to Treasure Planet, he undergoes his own coming of age story, becoming less of a self-centered rebel and more of a curious explorer. Brilliantly, along the way he manages to change the character of his nefarious mentor from selfish to selfless. How might we learn from Jim's story and leverage his lessons to compassionately chip away at the crusty negative character of those around us?
If you've seen The Matrix you might have found yourself wondering if your life might infact be some grand simulation. Derrick and Drew flip that question by asking how culture could act like a matrix and how might we break free? This won't be the usual ideological positioning or "Wake up Sheeple!" rhetoric. On Wonder Tour we are becoming better leaders for the good of others, so instead lets focus on taking an empathetic, loving approach to breaking out of the matrix. How might we help our family, friends, and team members to achieve their greatest potential?
This time our Tour leads us to the Matrix as we continue our series on Becoming Curious Explorers. Often, when we are searching for our role in the stories playing out in our lives, we tend to see ourselves as the protagonist. That's how most stories teach us to view ourselves, but what happens when we aren't the protagonist? By entering the proverbial dojo of Morpheus we learn how to play a critical support role in our stories. Magnanimous Morpheus teaches us both a new way style of mentoring and some practical techniques to help our protagonist vanquish evil and accomplish their purpose.
This time on Marvel's What If...?, what can we learn from Doctor Strange's unyielding pursuit to raise Christine from the dead? In this exciting, yet haunting episode the writers of the show seemingly ask the audience to consider, how do you control a rogue thought before it consumes you? We've all seen our heroes fall, taken down by their own dark thoughts they couldn't banish. As Curious Explorers we must consider that we are not above such things, and are in fact even prone to them. How might we avoid a similarly ominous fate?
This time the guys visit the alternate timeline of Marvel's What If...?. In the midst of a series focused on Becoming Curious Explorers (like some of our favorite leaders), it's time to look at the role imagination plays in human development. When we ask the question "What if?" we exhibit the creative power that makes humans special! We take our experiences, DNA, and senses and mix a new concoction with the potential to produce incredible change in the world!
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.