Boyd Matheson | Why Knowledge is Only Potential Power and How to Learn to Disagree Better

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The podcaster, writer, and former Chief of Staff for Senator Mike Lee share why knowledge is only potential power, how to learn to disagree better and why it’s SUPER important for everyone to be on the same page after a decision has been made.

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  1. Yes, yes, yes, and yes! Thrivetime Nation on today’s show we are interviewing Boyd Matheson who is the former Chief of Staff to Senator Mike Lee and a huge force for making good popular in the world. Boyd, welcome onto The Thrivetime Show, how are you sir?! 
  2. Boyd, for the folks out there that are not super familiar with your work, I would love for you to share what you now do for a living?
  3. You recently wrote the article, Clayton Christensen’s secret sauce begins with individual disruptive innovation, why do you believe that Clayton Christensen’s work was so important to the world beyond just the campus of Harvard’s business school?
  4. For those out there that are not super familiar with Clay Christensen’s work on the principle of disruptive innovation. I’d love for you to break down for the listeners what disruptive innovation is all about?
  5. In your article you wrote, “Lost in the talk of disruption, however, is the purpose for which he applied the principle. He simply wanted to empower individuals and organizations to break down barriers, breakthrough limiting beliefs, break with conventional thinking and ultimately discover, or rediscover, the essence of the organization or the authentic self of the individual. That is where innovation happens.” What did Clayton Christensen’s work mean to you?
  6. Christensen tirelessly worked to remind leaders that the goal of disruptive innovation is to get rid of anything that is not essential or that stands in the way of the goals of the individual or the organization. Where do most business people get this wrong by default? 
  7. Christensen wrote an incredible book called, How Will You Measure Your Life? What is this book about its core?
  8. I know that you’ve had a ton of success at this point in your career, but I would love to start off at the bottom and the very beginning of your career. What was your life like growing up and where did you grow up?
  9. When did you first figure out what you wanted to do professionally?
  10. When did you first feel like you were truly beginning to gain traction with your career?
  11. I know that you are a serial entrepreneur who has experienced massive success and super low points…walk us through the highest highs and the lowest low of your career?
  12. When you were at the bottom, what did you learn most from this experience?
  13. Today, I’d love for you to share with the listeners about the kinds of projects that you are up to?
  14. You come across as a very proactive person…so how do you typically organize the first four hours of your and what time do you typically wake up?
    1. I wake up at 4:24 AM
    2. Schedule a 14 minute meeting with yourself
      1. Quick review:
        1. What went right?
        2. What went wrong?
        3. Where do I want my life to go?
  15. What are a few of the daily habits that you believe have allowed you to achieve success?
  16. What mentor has made the biggest impact on your career thus far?
  17. What message or principle that you wish you could teach everyone?
  18. You’ve got the mic, what is one thing that you want to share with the Thrive Nation before you drop the mic?
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