Episode 17: Michael Puett – The Path

Episode 17: Michael Puett – The Path

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Most of us can think of ways we want to change. The bigger challenge is follow-through. Professor Michael Puett has some solid advice on how to meet that challenge. He teaches one of the most popular courses at Harvard and he’s translated his course into a book: The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life. As it turns out, Chinese philosophy offers surprisingly simple tips on how we can alter habits, change patterns, and improve interpersonal relations in the workplace. It’s the little things we do as leaders that can have the most impact, and sometimes it’s as easy as doing something unexpected. Listen here.

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Book: The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life
Bio: Michael Puett is the Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and Chair of the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard University. He is the author of “The Ambivalence of Creation: Debates Concerning Innovation and Artifice in Early China” and “To Become a God: Cosmology, Sacrifice, and Self-Divinization in Early China”, as well as the coauthor of “Ritual and its Consequences: An Essay on the Limits of Sincerity”. In 2013, he was awarded a Harvard College Professorship for excellence in undergraduate teaching.


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