The Science of Success

Do You Have To Be Ruthless To Succeed? The Truth About Survival Of The Fittest with Dr. Chris Kukk

September 21, 2017
In this episode we ask "do you have to be ruthless to succeed?”, we examine how compassion is powerfully linked with success, we discuss the essential task of challenging your own world view and seeking evidence you disagree with, learn how to ask great questions, and much more with Dr. Chris Kukk. 
Dr. Chris Kukk is a former counter intelligence agent, now a professor of Political and Social Science at Western Connecticut State University. He is the founding Director of the Center for Compassion, Creativity, and Innovation. He is the author of the newly released book The Compassionate Achiever and has been featured on NPR, NBC, The Economist, and more
  • Social and emotional learning and how Chris is using that to transform early childhood education
  • How positivity and compassion can spread from the bottom up to change schools
  • The neuroscience behind how compassion helps children learn more effectively
  • Why cultivating personal awareness is the first step to mastery
  • With meditation you catch more than you miss, without it, you miss more than you catch
  • What did Charles Darwin have to say about how compassion impacts the “survival of the fittest”
  • How a focus on helping one another moves society forward
  • Why the conception of compassion as “soft” or “weak” is completely wrong
  • How compassion is powerfully linked with success
  • Mother Theresa’s “Ripple of Kindness” 
  • Do you have to be ruthless in order to succeed?
  • Compassion enables you to have sustained success
  • Lessons from Enron
  • What psychology and neuroscience studies show about extrinsic focus vs intrinsic focus on your achievement
  • How Utah has saved money by pursuing a policy of compassion in solving homelessness
  • The “4 step program” for cultivating compassion that you can start implementing right now
  • The power of “LUCA”
  • The power of listening to learn instead of listening to reply
  • The definition of compassion - understanding and taking action
  • How we can “understand to know” and build a deeper mosaic of understanding to find common solutions to our problems
  • Connecting to capabilities, reaching beyond yourself to help people with the human potential hidden in plain sight
  • The essential task of challenging your own world view and seeking disconfirming evidence 
  • All feedback makes you stronger, ideology fears the truth, wisdom seeks it 
  • The buddhist concept of “fierce compassion”
  • Remember, water cuts through rock over time
  • What are “knownaughts” and “noxxers”?
  • The power of connection to make your success limitless
  • How do we ask great questions (and why its so important to do that)?
  • The great question is like the lens of a camera, the aperture shapes what you see on the other side
  • The words that you use frame the way you see a problem
  • How silence can open up doorways for deeper understanding
  • Lessons from counter intelligence interrogations about how we can become better listeners
  • The power of "nondoing"
  • Practical steps you can implement right now to begin walking the path of compassion