Do you think you can rise to the top without being a jerk, or do nice guys/gals finish last? David Bodanis believes that although it isn’t easy, you can be successful without being a jerk. He shares case studies throughout history to show how you can be firm and fair.

Key Points

In this episode, David shares how to: 

  • Listen without ego and fixation. 
  • Give by letting others give (but audit). 
  • Defend without over-defending.

Meet David

  • Name: David Bodanis 
  • His Story: David Bodanis is the author of The Art of Fairness: The Power of Decency in a World Turned Mean. He was born in Chicago, lived in France for a decade, and now makes his home in London. He studied math, physics, and history at the University of Chicago and for many years taught the “Intellectual Toolkit” course at Oxford.
  • Worth Mentioning: David is also the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Secret House, the bestselling E=mc², which was adapted into the PBS documentary Einstein’s Big Idea, and the Royal Society Science Book of the Year Prize winner Electric Universe. When not on the road or hunched over a computer, he spends his time at Britain’s premier kick-boxing gym – ‘Paragon’ in east London.

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