Useful Mistakes and Smarter Choices: Becoming a Better Decision-Maker with Skip Prichard & Robert Dilenschneider

Original Air Date Wednesday, September 16, 2020 

On average, we make 35-36 thousand decisions every day.

When we have a clear sense of purpose, we make better, conscious decisions that attract people, ideas, and resources to help move us forward and foster our success. Major factors that promote financial, emotional, and social wellbeing including curating the type of information we allow ourselves to take in and the people we surround ourselves with. If all we have to do is follow the rules to transform our lives, why are some of us still making mistakes? To take a closer look at why we do what we do, Positive Psychology Podcast Host, Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with two authors who write about elements of human behavior. Skip Prichard is a humanitarian who generously gives of his time and shares his insights with those who want to succeed in life. He discusses his newest book, The Book of Mistakes. And, Robert Dilenschneider is a professional counselor to corporations, consumer groups, and news organizations. He shares stories of the people included in his book, Decisions: Practical Advice from 23 Men and Women Who Shaped the World.

Skip Prichard — Useful Mistakes:
  • The mistakes you should avoid to be successful, fulfilled, and happy from Skip’s book, The Book of Mistakes. [1:56]
  • The pitfalls of surrounding yourself with the wrong people. [6:14]
  • Why Skip wrote The Book of Mistakes and why he wrote it in story form. [9:47]
  • The top 3 mistakes people make on their path to success. [17:52]
  • Skip explains why the power of giving of yourself is worth much more than money. [23:54]

Skip Prichard currently serves as President and CEO of OCLC and previously as President and CEO of Ingram Content Group, Inc. He is a growth-oriented business leader, turnaround specialist, and keynote speaker. Harvard Business Review labeled him a “relentless giver” and Inc. lists him as a Top 100 Leadership Speaker.

Book: The Book of Mistakes: 9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future


Skip Prichard Website
@SkipPrichard on Twitter


Robert Dilenschneider — Making Better Decisions:
  • Bob describes the elements that go into decision making and why conscious decision making is so important. [34:07]
  • The key to making better decisions. [39:39]
  • Spiritual leader and activist Gandhi used the Gita as a form of inspiration. [37:08]
  • Bob shares his opinions about the opportunities that exist amidst the COVID-19 crisis. [45:15]
  • Looking back at some of the women who made history-altering decisions. [48:49]
  • Why choosing to do the right thing is difficult. [51:53]


Robert L. Dilenschneider is experienced in multiple communications disciplines and is frequently called upon by the media to provide commentary and strategic public relations insights on major news stories. He has counseled major corporations, professional groups, trade associations, and educational institutions, and has assisted clients in dealings with regulatory agencies, labor unions, and consumer groups among others. He is the founder and Principal of the Dilenschneider Group, and has an M.A. in journalism from Ohio State University, and a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

Book: Decisions: Practical Advice from 23 Men and Women Who Shaped the World



Robert Dilenschneider Website



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