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Conspiracy of Goodness Podcast

Nov 12, 2020

Today’s guest is Dan Diamond, MD, a renowned thought leader on how leadership looks like in emergency situations. He’s become a first responder to disasters across the globe from Hurricane Katrina to the Haitian Earthquake. Most recently, he responded to a typhoon in the Philippines. Dr. Diamond is focused on bringing out the best in these difficult times.

Let’s dive into his story to shine bright like a diamond under pressure.

[00:01 - 06:42] Opening Segment

  • We welcome our guest for today, Dan Diamond, MD
  • Dan shares his background and how his journey in disaster response started 
  • Dan tells us the importance of being curious about other people’s reality

[06:43 - 14:02] Making Yourself Closer to Other People 

  • Dan talks about the model he developed to explain why people respond differently to pressure-packed situations like disasters
    • The model includes four different mindsets. Learn what kind of mindset you have! See the model below
  • He shares the one, single word that has the most impact on his thinking
  • He talks about how we can talk with people who are different from us
    • He shares what a 3-2-1-0 question is. 

[14:03 - 28:48] Shine Bright Like a Diamond Under Pressure

  • Dan talks about the importance of listening to other people’s experiences and the need to reinforce, recognize, and celebrate them. 
  • He shares his “radically different” experience in the Philippines and why his words for his experience there is “tender mercy” 
  • He talks about the people’s ability to choose their reactions to difficult situations and thrive on them
  • Dan shares some tips to apply self-compassion that you don’t want to miss!

[28:49 - 38:08] Deciding Through a Straw 

  • Dan talks about his newfound appreciation for tunnel vision, tunnel hearing, and tunnel thinking
  • He talks about the secrets to train our minds in overcoming moments of panic. 

[38:09 - 49:45] Closing Segment

  • Dan shares how and when we can make light of pressure-packed situations to come up with solutions 
  • He talks about the reason he believes that the world is still amazing 
  • Connect with Dan. See links below
  • Final words and announcements

Tweetable Quotes:

“Not everybody sees the world the same way that we see it.” - Dan Diamond, MD

“If I want to understand the world with depth, I need to spend time with people that are different than I am.” - Dan Diamond, MD

“You are not the only one that’s suffering with this. We are in this together.” - Dan Diamond, MD


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