“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” ( Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities.) Does this quotation describe our current circumstances? Pierre Baer seems to think so.
Pierre F. Baer is chief executive for Singapore and South Asia of SG Private Banking, the private-wealth-management arm of France’s Société Générale Group. He is interviewed in this morning’s online edition of the Wall Street Journal. Mr. Baer has a unique perspective. He says that NOW is the perfect time for people to choose private banking as a career. You can read the article here.
Is Pierre Baer crazy? Perhaps. He is certainly an optimist. And he speaks thoughtfully about choosing a career path for the right reasons. WSJ asked Baer what he is reading right now. He answered, “Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely. The author is a professor of behavioral economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and shows that the assumption that we behave in rational ways is false. Expectation, emotions, social norms all affect our logical reasoning.”
Dan Ariely will take the stage at The UP Experience in Houston on October 15, 2009. He has done unique research f rom a unique perspective that is transforming the way influencers around the globe think about solutions to our current difficulties.
How will listening to a behavioral economist change your life, add to your bottom line? A colleage asked me a similar question recently. “What RESULTS will come from The UP Experience?“ Perhaps that’s not the right question. I like this one: What results will come from thinking the same ways, from the same perspectives, with the same people ? As Albert Einstein said, “The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.”
The UP Experience offers the opportunity to access a different level of thinking, from leaders in economics, science, politics, the arts and humanities, business, design, technology, and much more. Let us know: what “results” are you expecting? Did you attend last year? What resulted for you from that day? Have you read Ariely’s book? What are YOU currently reading?
posted by MaryBeth Smith