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Books and a love note to Daniel Kahneman

Daniel Kahneman passed away on March 27 at the age of 90. A psychologist and Nobel Prize laureate (Economic Sciences, 2002), his research challenged the assumptions of human rationality. He found that people often greatly underestimate the role of chance in our lives so it’s not surprising that he attributed his own success to luck. His book Thinking, Fast and Slow was not an easy read for me, but it was an important, life-changing one. We think we know our minds but it turns out that we profoundly do not. Our mental shortcuts can be helpful, but they are not always rational. And knowing this is really, really helpful. It’s also an incredible relief to know that we are not always in our right minds and that even though he won the Nobel prize for his work, it was hard even for him. May his memory be a blessing.

I’ve been reading Helping People Change: Coaching with Compassion for Lifelong Learning and Growth by Richard Boyatzis,  Melvin L. Smith,  and Ellen Van Oosten. In it, they mention a classic book called Helping by Edgar Shien. That led me to another book by Edgar Shien called Humble Consulting.

Helping People Change also led me to an online course with Boyatzis, Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence (part of the five-course Inspired Leadership Specialization.)

Robert finished reading us The Autobiography of Benjamin Sisko by Derek Tyler Attico. Benjamin Sisko is far and away my favorite Star Trek captain and Deep Space Nine my favorite series, although Strange New Worlds is solidly in second place and it’s hard not to be charmed by Lower Decks. The book is a surprisingly thorough recap of the series and a character study of Ben Sisko.

You can watch all seven seasons of Star Trek Deep Space Nine on Paramount Plus:  Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – Watch Full Episodes – CBS.com