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Ep 3 - Counter Intuitive Secrets to Boost Your Productivity With Ted Gioia

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“The life you choose is your decision, and the only one who can change that is you.” In today’s episode, I asked my friend Ted Gioia to tell the story of his fascinating journey. He describes what it means to be an honest broker in a world of self-interested opinion.

Ted is a jazz pianist and accomplished author. The Wall Street Journal calls him a radiantly accomplished writer, and the New York Times says Ted is thoughtful and thought-provoking. I am sure you will agree as you listen to our conversation.

Key Takeaways:

How building on trust, honesty, integrity over the long run enhances your position. What is the reader-centric approach, and why is it important.

The kind of people and institutions our society needs more of. How to choose things to do that will expand your skillset and you as a person. How cultivating dissent and disagreement helps an institution. The reason Ted encouraged his team to disagree with him.

The relationship between input and output for creativity and productivity. Ted’s way of organizing notes contributed a lot to his writing.

About our guest:

Ted Gioia is a jazz pianist, author of 11 books, including Music: A Subversive History (Basic Books), The History of Jazz (Oxford University Press), and Delta Blues (Norton). His books have been translated into nine languages, and two have been honored on the New York Times list of the 100 best books of the year.

Gioia has also written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, San Francisco Chronicle, Smithsonian, The Daily Beast, The American Scholar, Musical Quarterly, Salon, and many other leading periodicals.

His latest project is Culture Notes of an Honest Broker, a column and newsletter on the Substack platform. Gioia holds degrees from Oxford University and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and previously served on the faculty of Stanford University.


Connect and know more about Ted here:

Website: http://tedgioia.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tedgioia

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tedgioia

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ted-gioia-338597/

Newsletter: https://tedgioia.substack.com/about

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