2 Pages with MBS

Discover the best bits of the best books read by people you admire. This is the podcast where brilliant people read the best two pages of a favourite book. Listen as authors, leaders, activists, academics, celebrities, and entrepreneurs dig in with MBS to explore the insights and ideas within. Whether it’s books that inspire leadership, change, self-development and growth, power, strategy, ambition, productivity, or creativity and innovation - this is hand-curated wisdom from people who know. These are the books that change minds, shape lives, and inspire great work and worthy goals.

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How to be World-Positive: Swati Mylavarapu x ‘G...
Swati Mylavarapu reading from Mary L. Gray and Siddharth Suri’s Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass and discussing a ‘world-positive’ view on investing.
32 min
2
How to Get to Grips with Reality: Oliver Burkem...
Oliver Burkeman reading from James Hollis’ Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life and discussing how accepting our limitations leads to a fulfilling life.
30 min
3
Joy and Power: Minna Salami x ‘The Sex Lives of...
Minna Salami reading from Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah’s The Sex Lives of African Women and discussing sexual oppression.
36 min
4
How to Keep Curiosity Alive: Martin Reeves x 'R...
Martin Reeves reading from John Kay and Mervyn King's Radical Uncertainty: Decision-Making Beyond the Numbers and discussing the significance of new approaches and imaginative ideas in business.
38 min
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How to Resist Conformity: Julie Lythcott-Haims ...
Julie Lythcott-Haims reading from Tara Westover's Educated and discussing the emotional suffering that follows shame and following the crowd to fit in.
47 min
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You are Predictably Imperfect: Katy Milkman x '...
Katy Milkman reading from Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler's Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness and discussing the nuances of human behaviour.
36 min
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How to focus on what matters: John Zeratsky x '...
John Zeratsky reading from Winifred Gallagher's Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life and discussing the power and importance of where you place your attention.
39 min
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How to Deconstruct Yourself: Luke Burgis x 'Thi...
Luke Burgis reading from René Girard's Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World and discussing the importance of business aims beyond mere profit-making potential.
41 min
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How to be 100% Yourself: Jordan Dinwiddie x 'Nu...
Jordan Dinwiddie reading from L.L. McKinney's Nubia: Real One and discussing being a woman of colour in the world of advertising.
33 min
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What To Do With Power: Matthew Barzun x ‘Toward...
Matthew Barzun reading an essay from his grandfather, Jacques Barzun’s A Jacques Barzun Reader and discussing how to use power mindfully.
50 min
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One Way to be an Activist: Dr. Caroline Heldman...
Dr. Caroline Heldman reading James Baldwin’s essay On Being White ... And Other Lies and discussing how to facilitate social change.
38 min
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The Power of Being a Generalist: Vikram Manshar...
Vikram Mansharamani reading from Laurence J. Peter’s The Peter Principle and discussing holistic development.
41 min
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How (and why) to be good-ish: Dolly Chugh x A M...
Dolly‌ ‌Chugh‌ reading from Jeanne Theoharis’ A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History and discussing ways to combat our unconscious biases.
34 min
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How to Overcome Loneliness: Ximena Vengoechea x...
Ximena Vengoechea reading from Sherry Turkle’s Reclaiming Conversation and discussing the essence of healthy communication.
38 min
15
Do We Want the Other Half to Fail?: Indra Adnan...
Indra Adnan reading from Ken Wilbur’s A Theory of Everything and discusses the growing chasm in society.
51 min
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I am disabled but not broken: Christa Couture x...
Christa Couture reading from Eli Clare’s Brilliant Imperfection and discussing society’s labels.
36 min
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Goes to 11: A.J. Jacobs x ‘The Bible’
A.J. Jacobs reading from Ecclesiastes and discussing four lessons that can be learned from the passage.
38 min
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Scaling Learning: Magdy Karam x ‘Dare to Lead’
Reading from Dare to Lead by Brené Brown and discussing his leadership tactics.
36 min
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Transformed by Failure: Ashley Good x ‘The Rise’
Reading from ‘The Rise’ by Sarah Lewis and discussing the positive elements of failure.
41 min
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Freedom in Constraints: David Nour x ‘The Lords...
Reading from Walter Keichel’s The Lords of Strategy and discussing how relationships facilitate growth in life.
40 min
21
Trust is the Key: Jennifer Paylor x “Leadership...
Reading from Leadership and Self-Deception by The Arbinger Institute and discussing the significance of humility in our lives.
35 min
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Conflict & Curiosity: Ian Leslie x ‘Revolution ...
Reading from Revolution in the Head: The Beatles’ Records and the Sixties by Ian MacDonald and discussing the power of conflict in creativity.
40 min
23
Lead Care Win: Dan Pontefract x 21 Letters on L...
Reading from Charles Handy’s 21 Letters on Life and Its Challenges and discussing the importance of humanity in organizations.
37 min
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Brave Choices: Shannon Minifie x “A Supposedly ...
Reading from David Foster Wallace’s essay “A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again” and discussing the challenges surrounding decision making.
40 min
25
Heart of Abundance: Nell Edgington x “Playing Big”
Reading from Tara Mohr’s Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak up, Create, and Lead and discussing putting an abundance mindset at the heart of social change.
35 min
26
Hope For Tomorrow: Roman Krznaric x “Basin and ...
Reading from John McPhee’s Basin and Range and discussing how we can be ‘good ancestors.’
34 min
27
A Seat at the Table: Minda Harts x “Kindred”
Reading from Octavia Butler’s Kindred and sharing her experiences as a Black woman in the workplace.
28 min
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Fragile and Fleeting: Mason Currey x “The Magic...
Reading from Mann’s The Magic Mountain and discussing what allows creativity to happen.
28 min
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Killing Your Ego: Riaz Meghji x “Everyone Commu...
Reading from “Everyone Communicates, Few Connect” and discussing the power of story.
33 min
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The Double-Edged Sword: Octavia Goredema x “Yea...
Reading from “Year of Yes” and discussing what it means to be the first first.
34 min
31
Unmasking Ourselves: Monika Jiang x “Sensuous K...
Reading From “Sensuous Knowledge”, and discussing what makes life livable.
30 min
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The Dilemmas of a CEO: Dig Howitt x “In Search ...
Reading from “In Search of Excellence”, and discussing failure capacity.
31 min
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