Aga Bajer hosts Jim Lawless on The CultureLab's latest episode, discussing about cracking the Fear Algorithm. Listen to the interview in the player below or visit The CultureLab website for more Player options.
Smart people resist tasks, with serious consequences, which they are not trained to undertake competently. I’d resist any invitation to ‘have a go’ at neurosurgery. You? I am very happy managing my mind and body at 100m under the sea, but I’ll put up a real fight if you ask me to take [...]
Which failure should we not fear, but embrace? Failure to produce safe products? Failure to respect other cultures and races? Failure to pay the mortgage or feed our children? Clearly, we must manage our fear to prevent it paralysing us or preventing innovation. But we should fear failure in our meaningful endeavours because [...]
‘No Fear’: a fun brand for hats, keyrings and sugary drinks. It is highly dangerous at 100m under the sea, on a rockface, in a cockpit or leading a team or organisation. ‘Fearless’: a symptom of a serious neurological disorder or injury. Disregard for the consequences of one’s actions is a symptom of [...]
Most of us want to grow, improve our performance and thrive in an age of rapid transformation. That requires us to accept and manage uncertainty and risk. We each have a system that I call our Fear Algorithm. Our Fear Algorithm is designed to keep us away from uncertainty and risk. Intelligently managing [...]
So here we all are: young, beautiful and surrounded by opportunity. A wonderful, and temporary, position to find ourselves in. You're not feeling young and beautiful? None of us will ever again be as young and beautiful as we are today! Now is your time. As for opportunity, working life in a [...]
A very sensible question: "what if?". Could you cope with the consequences if the "if" happened? If not, then let’s not! But wait. Are those possible downsides really as difficult to cope with as you might initially think? Have you taken sound advice on how to avoid or mitigate the risks? And [...]
Most of us don’t ever try to achieve the things that we really want to achieve. Instead, we tell ourselves a story that people like us can’t ever achieve things like that. It’s a story if there is no hard evidence that it is true - just a feeling (and a lot [...]