SPOS #739 – Dan Heath On Solving Problems Before They Happen

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Welcome to episode #739 of Six Pixels of Separation.

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #738 – Host: Mitch Joel. When asked who my favorite business book authors are, the Heath brothers (Dan and Chip), show up at the top of that list. It’s hard to not love brilliant books like, Made To Stick, Switch, Decisive, and The Power of Moments. Combined, they’ve sold over three million copies worldwide that have been translated into over thirty languages. Over the years, I’ve spoken at events where Dan was speaking as well. He is always kind, generous and giving of his time (and wisdom). While the brothers are still close, Dan decided to publish his own book recently. It’s called, Upstream – The quest to solve problems before they happen, and it’s a great read (as expected). Dan is a Senior Fellow at Duke University’s CASE center, which supports social entrepreneurs. Previously, Dan worked as a researcher and case writer for Harvard Business School. In the late 1990s, Dan co-founded an innovative publishing company called Thinkwell, which for almost 25 years has been producing a line of online college textbooks that feature video lectures from some of the country’s top professors. Dan has a MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from the Plan II Honors Program from the University of Texas at Austin. One proud geeky moment for Dan was his victory in the 2005 New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest, beating out 13,000 other entrants. In this episode, we look at our decision making process and how we can not just solve problems, but prevent them from ever taking place. Enjoy the conversation…

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