Personal Agency and Positive Disruption with Paul Napper PsyD & Daniel Burrus

Original Air Date Wednesday, August 24, 2022 

Overstimulation is affecting us all. Everywhere we turn screens, people, and devices are battling for our attention. Without the right tools, it becomes easy to get stuck in the mire or not advocate for ourselves in the best way possible and focus our attention on the future.

To discover how we can regain personal agency and make better decisions, Positive Psychology Podcast Host Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with two authors about their literary guidebooks. Changemaker Paul Napper discusses key elements of his book, The Power of Agency, and the challenges many people face when making decisions in this overstimulated world. Futurist Daniel Burrus describes how we can become opportunity managers and make decisions with confidence using the tenets of his book, The Anticipatory Organization.

Paul Napper PsyD — Personal Agency:

  • Paul defines personal agency and reveals the things that get in the way of us doing what is best for ourselves. [1:41]
  • People use intuition to make decisions much more than they believe they do. [4:27]
  • How to raise the level of agency you have over your life. [6:51]
  • Paul shares the 7 Principles of Agency. [8:13]
  • Enhancing discernment abilities in the face of overwhelming demands. [16:28]
  • An example of a judge using the seven principles to make a courageous independent decision in a trial. [20:13]
  • The correlation of agency and happiness on a personal level. [25:50]

Paul Napper, guest of new episode Personal Agency and Positive Disruption with Daniel BurrusPaul Napper, Ph.D., leads a management psychology practice. His client list includes Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, universities, and start-ups. He has held an advanced fellowship during a three-year academic appointment at Harvard Medical School.

Book: The Power of Agency: The 7 Principles to Conquer Obstacles, Make Effective Decisions, and Create a Life on Your Own Terms


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Daniel Burrus — Positive Disruption:

  • In his book, The Anticipatory Organization, Daniel shares how businesses can anticipate all angles of a decision. [29:46]
  • Daniel lists the three predictable hard trends and an example of how to make business decisions using future views. [32:33]
  • How to find certainty in a seemingly uncertain world. [36:20]
  • Daniel shares his advice on how to turn disruption and change into an advantage. [41:49]
  • One of the 25 tenets of The Anticipatory Organization is to skip your biggest problem, Daniel explains why. [46:13]
  • What it means to be an opportunity manager. [48:47]

Daniel Burrus, guest of new episode Personal Agency and Positive Disruption with Paul NapperDaniel Burrus is hailed as one of the world’s leading futurists on global trends and innovations He has delivered more than 2,800 keynote speeches worldwide and is a strategic adviser who has guided executives from Fortune 500 companies, as well as small and medium-size businesses, to develop paradigm-shifting strategies for capitalizing on enormous untapped opportunities. Burrus practices what he teaches; he started six companies, four were national leaders in the first year, and five were profitable in year one.

Book: The Anticipatory Organization: Turn Disruption and Change Into Opportunity and Advantage


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“Emotions are not fact-based.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“We tend to feel most happy when we feel in charge of ourselves and our lives.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Wherever you focus your attention is where you will find yourself.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“We all have an agent within ourselves we can activate to help us to advocate for ourselves.” @DrPaulNapper on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet Each and every one of us is the sum total of all the decisions we make over the course of our lives.” @DrPaulNapper on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet “Most of the decisions we make are through fast thinking. Fast thinking is automatic and intuitive.” @DrPaulNapper on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“You can think of agency as a pathway to your own personal power in life. It feels good to have access to our agency.” @DrPaulNapper on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“When our anxiety level increases it comprises our capacity to think and reflect.” @DrPaulNapper on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet “Beliefs become self-limiting. Beliefs are meant to be updated.” @DrPaulNapper on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Intuition is a very important part of how we think. It can improve the quality of the choices we make.” @DrPaulNapper on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet “It has become challenging to make sense of the environment we all inhabit. We are all in over our heads these days.” @DrPaulNapper on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“When people feel they are doing something meaningful with their lives they feel a much greater sense of happiness and fulfillment.” @DrPaulNapper on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“You can not accurately predict everything. The key is you can accurately predict far more than you realize and enough to make a big difference.” @DanielBurrus on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“How we view the future, to a great extent, shapes how we act in the present.” @DanielBurrus on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet “If all we are doing is solving problems after they happen, in a world of exponentially-driven change we will not be happy campers on this planet.” @DanielBurrus on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Change and disruption are a choice when you see it before it happens.” @DanielBurrus on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“You can change a soft trend if you don’t like it.” @DanielBurrus on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“We tend to crisis manage our lives. I believe we need to actively shape the future.” @DanielBurrus on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet



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