How to Deal with Being Surrounded by Idiots: Thomas Erikson, Author of Surrounded by Idiots



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Have you ever felt like you were surrounded by idiots? Like they just couldn’t understand the simplest things?

Human interaction is complex and nuanced. What we say doesn't always get interpreted in the way we mean it. There are filters through which we view the world and the people in it.

Make sure YOU are not the idiot in the room - watch Episode 29 with Thomas Erikson, or better yet read his book “Surrounded by Idiots”.

Thomas is a Swedish communication expert, speaker, lecturer, business consultant, and an international bestselling author.

He has been teaching his personality system (which is based on the DISC personality model) for 20 years to the likes of Coca-Cola, Microsoft and many others.

In this Episode we discuss how to spot each personality at a party, why there are still bad bosses, and how if there was a perfect leader, it would probably be a woman.

Here are the colour codes:

Red / Dominant - speak their mind, ambitious, get things done, bulldozer, aggressive, impatient, tyrannical
Yellow / Influencer - optimistic, chatty, confident, outgoing, bad listener, easily distracted, answer questions intended to be for someone else
Green / Steady - good listener, good team player, caring, friendly, loyal, conflict averse, slow
Blue / Conscientious - diligent, detail focused, pessimist, perfectionist, don’t speak up, aloof, cold-hearted, insensitive, will use a calculator to double check excel is correct

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WE DISCUSS
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01:57 - Why is the book called “Surrounded by Idiots”?
07:39 - How do you get people who are not curious to take this knowledge on board?
09:38 - Where does the fascination with people come from?
11:53 - Thomas’ background and personality type
19:45 - Red’s are overrepresented in leadership roles
22:39 - Bad bosses (when low self-awareness disastrous for the business)
25:45 - Different leaders for different situations - good and bad times
35:34 - If there was a perfect leader - it’s probably a woman
39:31 - Asking for a friend - reds stepping on toes
48:13 - I walk into a party - how can I tell who is who?
52:19 - How to choose leaders
01:04:04 - What do you wish to achieve with your work?

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THOMAS ERIKSON
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