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What’s On My iPod: Lectures, In and Around Metro DC, Part 5

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: Lectures, LA to DC
: Podcasts, LA to DC
Part 4: Lectures/Podcasts, Ottawa to DC

In the first four parts of this series, I wrote about the various music, podcasts, or lectures that I listened to on my various road trips. Now that I’m in the DC area on a more permanent basis (completing an MBA), I’m not really in need of a vast sum of lectures/podcasts to listen to as I drive across the country (or between countries). As such, I’ve decided to continue this series and continue taking in extra information, while doing an assortment of activities (commuting, working out, etc.). As with the previous lectures, I’ve obtained all of these from iTunes U and highly recommend you check it out, if you haven’t already.

Making the Perfect Pitch – This was a short lecture (15 minutes) and it was provided by Cambridge University. They interviewed Dr. Darrin Disley, who gave some very poignant advice on the infamous “elevator pitch.” He explained the 9 C’s of elevator speeches, in the form of an elevator speech. The one thing that I pulled from this lecture (which happens to be one of the 9 C’s) is that the elevator pitch should be conversational. The purpose of the elevator pitch is to get the person you’re talking to interested in your pitch (not necessarily sell them on a business plan). The point is just to get the ball rolling.

The Art of the Short Sell – This was a lecture that James Chanos, founder and president of Kynikos Associates, gave to an audience at Yale University. Chanos talked about “10 Lessons From the Financial Crisis That Investors Will Soon Forget (If They Haven’t Already!)” As you can see from the powerpoint presentation, there is so much information in this lecture. The one takeaway for me is that financial history has a way of repeating itself. Chanos says, “Some other firm will be the AIG of the next crisis!”

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The following lectures were part of a series called “Building a Business” and were hosted by Oxford University:

Negotiation Skills – This isn’t the first negotiation lecture I’ve listened to on the road. When the speaker began the lecture, I was surprised to recognize the activity from the first negotiation lecture I heard. There were minor changes, but it was essentially the same game. The main takeaways from this lecture how important creating value really is to the success of negotiations. Many people enter negotiations thinking that there is a ‘fixed pie’ that will be distributed between the parties. Instead, the two parties can, together, create value and in essence, add to the pie.

Managing People, Managing Teams – This lecture was given by Tim Cook, (not the new CEO of Apple), but the Tim Cook that is associated with Oxford University. Cook comes from a hard sciences background, so I thought it would be rather interesting to hear his take on managing people. He talked about transactional analysis and recommend Eric Berne’s book. I had already read it and would say that it’s one of the many methods out there for understanding human interaction. He also talked about some other skills that were important like interviewing and the relationship between managers (and the people they manage), as well as the people they interact with, but have no direct managerial “control” over, like politicians, accountants, etc.

Marketing: Creating and Keeping Customers – This lecture was given by Jonathan Reynolds, a professor at Oxford. Given my limited experience with the marketing literature, it was very informative to listen to this lecture by Reynolds. He covered a lot of ground from internet marketing to social media to e-commerce. Reynolds explores the ideas and principles that are paramount to the field of marketing. Of course, there are some overlaps with other fields (psychology), but marketing is a field steeped in intricacies and — since it is based on humans — continually evolving.


Do Politics and Economics Mix in School Policy? – This lecture was given by Eric Hanushek and Michael Kirst and contained the perspectives of both politics (Kirst) and economics (Hanushek). students in class, students, class, classroom, teacher, blackboard, chalk, kids, grade school, It was put on courtesy of Stanford University and one of the speakers boasted that Stanford has one of the best institutions with regard to education policy research. One of the lines that struck me about this lecture was when one of the speakers proclaimed something to the effect that when it comes to education policy, everyone has an opinion. They spoke about some of the pitfalls to teacher’s unions (harder to reward excellent teachers, among other things), and they talked about the idea that education policy, for the most part, would be better served by being a local issue.

The Financial Crisis, the Recession, and the American Political Economy: A Systemic Perspective – This lecture, by far, had the longest introduction (to the speaker) of any of the previous lectures I’ve heard. It was given at MIT. Given the variety of work achieved by the speaker, Charles H. Ferguson, I understood why there was such a long intro. Moreover, when the speaker began, I didn’t realize that he was “the guy” who made the movie Inside Job. (Note: this lecture was given right around the time of the release of Inside Job, which of course, later went on to win the Academy Award for Best Documentary.) While there are many theories as to how/why things happened the way they did, (my two cents), I always find it fascinating to take in more perspectives. I don’t know that there is (or could be?) a singular answer as to why things happened.


This rounds out the lectures I’ve been listening to since my last post. As always, if you have any suggestions, please let me know in the comments section (or through some other form: Facebook, Twitter, etc.).

What’s On My iPod: Lectures/Podcasts From A Road Trip, Ottawa to DC, Part 4

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: Lectures, LA to DC
: Podcasts, LA to DC

In the first three parts of this series, I wrote about what was on my iPod for the trip from LA to DC (by car). More recently, I drove from Ottawa to DC, which allowed me to listen to a number of new podcasts and lectures. In this post, I’ll go over the lectures/podcasts and some of the knowledge I gleaned from them.

I had two podcasts. One of them was from the :

Chicago Booth Podcast: Should Executive Pay Be Regulated? (12/02/2009) – I thought I would start with one of the most interesting tracks I listened to on the trip. Given that I’m about to start an MBA, I thought it would be prudent of me to learn about this topic (executive pay). I will say, I was quite surprised to hear the statistics that the speaker, , offered on the topic. While he raised the point about athletes who make (equal or more) money than the CEOs, the surprising fact was that executive pay (now) is actually down in relation to executive pay from the ’80s. And maybe more poignant, executives make less money than athletes and entertainers.

The second podcast was from :

Nassim Taleb on Living with Black Swans (04/13/2011)  has written a number of articles and books, and is affiliated with some very prestigious institutions. He has so many important things to say, but I think the thing that I found the most transferable was the problem with specialization. He didn’t actually put it this way, but this is how I’m interpreting it. In particular, he talks about how important it is to — in an effort to account for randomness and variability — diversify. If you’re investing, don’t invest in just one company. Don’t invest in just one industry. Don’t invest in just one kind of investment. Or… we could relate it to business, specifically, I’m reminded of the book , by Kevin Maney. In Maney’s book, among other things, he talks about those times within an industry where companies are “blind-sided” by some sort of innovation (example: think about cameras 20 years ago and now how cell phones have revolutionized the way we take pictures). Taleb would argue the importance of guarding against a , which from our example, would be cell phones with cameras.

The remaining 6 tracks were all lectures I downloaded through . If you haven’t checked it out, I highly recommend it! The first lecture I listened to came courtesy of the  called:

What’s the Point of Economics? – The text from the website: “Evan Davis, BBC Today presenter, outlines five things everyone should know about economics, Mike Kitson looks at the relevance of economics to everyday life and Professor Willy Brown describes the growing impact of the minimum wage over its first ten years.”

There were two lectures I listened to that came from a class at  on Game Theory. I didn’t have the time to listen to every lecture from the course, so I picked two of the higher rated lectures:

02 – Putting Yourselves Into Other People’s Shoes and 03 – Iterative Deletion and the Median-Voter Theorem – I found these lectures highly informative. The first (or should I say second?) lecture gave a really good example of how important it is to put yourself into other people’s shoes. This example is related to how another person would approach a game (the same one that you’re playing) and exemplifies the importance of knowing your “opponent.” Like in one of the podcast, this lesson is very transferable to other parts of life. In the second (or third) lecture,  does a great job of explaining the median-voter theorem, and more importantly, uses the example of political positions to make the theorem more accessible to the students.

The last three lectures I listened to all came from :

Hire the Right People, Carlos Brito – This was an interesting talk, especially because it came from someone I usually wouldn’t necessarily voluntarily hear from. is the CEO of Anheuser-Busch and he has some intriguing ideas that he has put into practice in many of his offices. He thinks that separate offices foster LESS work. In fact, he talks about how, in his experience, having no walls has actually made work easier and motivated people to do more work. It’s his opinion that offices are for people who want to hide and do no work. With the open concept office, he explains how meetings are much “shorter;” 2- or 5-minute meetings can happen much quicker without having to “schedule” everything.

Dave Blakely on Fostering Innovation – From the description of this lecture’s : “In this talk, Dave Blakely presents a set of principles for successful innovation, regardless of an organization’s size, type or location. The heart of any innovation agenda is a carefully chosen interdisciplinary team, typically including members with backgrounds in technology, business, and other relevant industry-specific knowledge. Creative leaps can be inspired by empathetic human research, and insights are distilled in synthesis sessions. Techniques such as brainstorming can help teams to direct their creativity, and prototypes can be used to improve visualization and mitigate risk.”

Changing Behavior and Changing Policies –  runs the Persuasive Technology Lab at Stanford University. To get a better idea of Fogg’s perspective on behavior, I would say (listen to this talk, as it’s only 20 minutes or so), or check out his site: .


I don’t have any “planned” long trips on the horizon, but I am considering integrating podcasts and iTunes U lectures to daily life. If you have suggestions, I’d love to hear them in the comments, via email, or even on .

What’s On My iPod: Lectures From A Road Trip, LA to DC, Part 2

This post is a bit overdue as the lectures/podcasts I listened happened during the last week of June, but I thought it would still be nice to go over some of the things that I learned from the lectures/podcasts. As you’ll see, this is a “Part 2” where the first part was dedicated to the I had on my iPod (). (Look for Part 3 in the coming week, which will list the Podcasts I included from this trip.)

As I mentioned in , I was in the midst of a long haul of a drive — 4o hours of driving time. Initially, I thought I’d be listening to more music than other things, but it didn’t turn out that way. Prior to leaving LA, I went through  and picked out a number of different lectures that I thought would be interesting. Part way through the trip, I discovered what Podcasts were and that allowed me to add a number of other “lecture”-type tracks along with the latest from a few shows that I like to watch to stay ‘informed.’ Without further adieu, here are the lectures along with a little snippet about them (note: partway through the trip, I erased some of the lectures I had heard to make room for others and I’ve forgotten which ones they were, so you won’t find them in this list):

The Authentic Leader: Interview with Bill George – From what I remember of this, it was quite short (about 10 minutes) and the interviewer asks a few questions of Bill George about some of the key findings of his book, .

Preventing Future Financial Failures – This was another short track (about 20 minutes). The interview is with , a professor of Business Administration at Harvard. Moss references his working paper called, “.”

Fiscal Policy in an Emerging Market – This was one of my favorite lectures. It was by the former Chilean Minister of Finance, . He had some fascinating ideas and examples of the success that Chile observed in managing its fiscal policy (and how that could be applied to other countries). The most important takeaway: use the surplus from the “up times” as stimulus during the “down times.” (This is different in that most countries tend to borrow more money in the “up times.”)

Winners Don’t Take All – This probably was my favorite lecture. I learned so much from listening to try to cram her regular (30-hour course) into 90 minutes. There were so many important takeaways from her lecture that I listened to it on three different occasions just to try to retain it all. In fact, I even mentioned her work on negotiation in a (read: plea) to Democrats with regard to negotiation a few weeks ago (on the subject of the debt ceiling negotiations).

The last 4 lectures I have were all from a series from the University of Chicago aimed at educating the educators about “Understanding the Global Economy.” The four titles were:

Econ 101: What are Markets?
Markets, Trade, and Globalization
Teaching Economics and Trying to Step Outside the Bubble of Capitalism
Globalization: The Great Debate

The last lecture (Globalization: The Great Debate) was probably my favorite in this series. The speaker, , had the audience do a mock debate on the pros and cons to globalization. I learned some interesting points about (both) sides of this debate.

As I mentioned earlier, there were some more lectures I listened to, but I deleted them to make room for some new ones. If I recall correctly, one of them was a series by . In about a weeks times, I will be getting back in the car and driving from Ottawa to DC and I will have about 9-11 hours of time to listen to more lectures. If you can think of any that I might find interesting, please let me know with a comment (or email) or even a tweet! ()

What’s On My iPod: Songs From A Road Trip, LA to DC, Part 1

I’ve been away from writing posts for a while (my last post of quotes was on ) because I’ve been driving across the country (well, countries). I spent the last part of June and the beginning of July driving from . It’s not an easy trip, especially if you’re driving by yourself. A few years ago, I had driven from (with an indirect route that went from Colorado to New Mexico and then across), (again, by myself), so I was prepared for a long haul. On my first trip (Detroit to San Francisco), I didn’t have an iPod or any kind of mp3-player. This time around, I had an iPod and I made good use of it — kind of.

In preparation for the trip, I combed iTunes for songs that I would want to listen to on this trip from Long Beach to DC. When I was a teenager, I really liked to belt out tunes — were fun to sing. However, much of the rock ballads that I would sing as a teenager (and much of the rock ballads that have been written), from my perspective, are a bit unhealthy (to sing as someone other than the actual singer). Much of the language used in songs is not something that you really want to affirm for yourselves. As we learned earlier, our words and . So, I had to find songs (for the most part), that I wanted to “sing” and “affirm” the meaning of. This really narrowed my search and because of it, I made some exceptions.

Below, you’ll find two lists. One list is of the songs that I actually ended up listening to. The other is a list of songs that I had downloaded and added to the iPod, but just didn’t feel “in the mood” to listen to.

Did Listen To

Aerosmith – Dream On
The Beatles – Because
. . . – Eight Days a Week
. . . – I Saw Her Standing There
. . . – I Want To Hold Your Hand
. . . – All You Need Is Love
. . . – Hello Goodbye
. . . – We Can Work It Out
. . . – All My Loving
. . . – And I Love Her
. . . – Can’t Buy Me Love
. . . – I Should Have Known Better
. . . – Help!
. . . – Girl
. . . – Across The Universe
. . . – Strawberry Fields Forever
. . . – Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
. . . – Penny Lane
. . . – I Feel Fine
. . . – Yellow Submarine
. . . – In My Life
. . . – With A Little Help From My Friends
. . . – While My Guitar Gently Weeps
. . . – Hey Jude
. . . – Something
. . . – Come Together
. . . – If I Fell In Love With You
. . . – Let It Be
. . . – Blackbird
. . . – From Me To You
. . . – Get Back
. . . – Here Comes The Sun
. . . – Love Me Do
. . . – Revolution
. . . – She Loves You
. . . – Stand By Me
. . . – There Are Places I Remember
. . . – Ticket To Ride
. . . – Yesterday
Bill Withers – Lean On Me
Billy Joel – For The Longest Time
. . . – Just The Way You Are
. . . – Piano Man
. . . – She’s Always A Woman
Boston – More Than A Feeling
Bryan Adams – Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?
Bryan Adams – Everything I Do, I Do It For You
Colbie Caillat – Fallin’ For You
. . . – I Never Told You
. . . – Bubbly
. . . – The Little Things
. . . – Realize
Corinne Bailey Rae – Like A Star
. . . –  Put Your Records On
Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
. . . – Circle of Life
. . . – Can You Feel The Love Tonight?
. . . – Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me
. . . – Something About The Way You Look Tonight
. . . – Tiny Dancer
. . . – Your Song
Eric Clapton – Layla
. . . – Change The World
. . . – Tears In Heaven
. . . – Wonderful Tonight
Jack Johnson – Better Together
. . . – Banana Pancakes
. . . – Belle
. . . – If I Had Eyes
. . . – Do You Remember
John Legend – Everybody Knows
. . . – If You’re Out There
. . . – Ordinary People
. . . – Stay With You
. . . – So High
. . . – Save Room
. . . –  Each Day Gets Better
. . . – P.D.A. (We Just Don’t Care)
. . . – Again
. . . – Heaven
John Lennon – Give Peace A Chance
. . . – Imagine
Journey – Open Arms
. . . – Faithfully
. . . – Don’t Stop Believin’
. . . – Lights
Led Zeppelin – Stairway To Heaven
. . . – Black Dog
. . . – Kashmir
Tracy Chapman – Fast Car
Usher – Nice And Slow
. . . – U Got It Bad
. . . – How Do I Say
Whitney Houston – The Greatest Love of All

Did Not Listen To

Andrea Bocelli – Ave Maria
. . . – Time To Say Goodbye
Bach – Air On A G String
. . . – Prelude
The Beach Boys – Kokomo
. . . – Wouldn’t It Be Nice
. . . – Good Vibrations
Beethoven – Fur Elise
. . . –  Moonlight Sonata
Bob Marley – Get Up Stand Up
. . . – Stir It Up
. . . – Exodus
. . . – Waiting In Vain
. . . – No Woman No Cry
. . . – Could You Be Loved
. . . –  Is This Love
. . . – Jammin’
. . . – One Love
. . . – Redemption Song
. . . – Three Little Birds
Bobby McFerrin – Don’t Worry, Be Happy
Boyz II Men – A Song For Mama
. . . – In The Still Of The Night
. . . – It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye (To Yesterday)
. . . – Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)
. . . – I’ll Make Love To You
. . . – The Color Of Love
. . . – On Bended Knee
. . . – Silent Night
. . . – One Sweet Day
Coldplay – Yellow
Creed – Higher
. . . – With Arms Wide Open
Debussy – Clair De Lune
Green Day – Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)
Kelly Clarkson – A Moment Like This
Michael Jackson – Heal The World
. . . – The Way You Make Me Feel
. . . – We Are The World
. . . – You Are Not Alone
Natasha Bedingfield – Unwritten
Pachelbel – Canon in D
Savage Garden – I Knew I Loved You
. . . – Truly, Madly, Deeply
Styx – Come Sail Away
The Temptations – My Girl
. . . – The Way You Do The Things You Do
Three Dog Night – Joy To The World
UB-40 – Red, Red Wine
Yo-Yo Ma & Bobby McFerrin – Ave Maria


So, these are the songs that I had on the iPod. As a percentage, I’d say I listened to about 67% of what I had on the iPod. I’d say I listened to my “Beatles” playlist a few times, too. As well, when I was in (or near) major cities, I would listen to the radio. The songs that you see here are just the songs that I had on the iPod. I also had a number of lectures from and podcasts. I’ll talk about those more in another post. For now, I’m interested to know if you think I missed any songs. Are there other songs out there that have a positive meaning to them and would be in alignment with the two posts about words that I cited in the 2nd paragraph?