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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.
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?