What can top leaders gain from the books “Think Like a Freak” and “Predictably Irrational”?
If there’s one thing all great business leaders have in common, it’s that they never stop reading books—especially books that can enhance their leadership skills. In this Quick Take episode, we re-introduce our “Book Pairing” show format, sharing our take on how reading two related books in close sequence can help you think differently about complex leadership issues. The first two books that complement each other explore two popular behavioral economics books: Think Like a Freak by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner; and Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely.
We briefly discuss the basic premise of each book and how they complement each other based upon the discipline of Behavioral Economics. We discuss why we agree with the Levitt and Dubner’s concept of “thinking like a freak” and how it can help you go beyond what you observe to think differently and find the hidden side of complex leadership issues. We also discuss why we agree with Ariely’s concept of ‘predictably irrational” and his point that there are “predictable” hidden forces that drive how we make seemingly “irrational” decisions. We also share our own thoughts and stories associated with the books’ themes, and how even well-intended incentives can sometimes have unintended consequences.
If people are doing things that don’t make sense to you, there’s always a reason. Look beyond the surface for clues about what’s really going on. – Pam Harper
This week on Growth Igniters Radio:
- What to expect from our “Quick-Take Book Pairing” episode format
- The common theme about thinking differently that link the two books: Behavioral Economics
- The basic idea behind Think Like A Freak and what CEOs and other top leaders can gain from the book
- The basic idea behind Predictably Irrational and what CEOs and other top leaders can gain from the book
- Learn more about Pam’s keynote address at Pam Harper Speaks
- Book: Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
- Book: Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
- Book: Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely
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