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  • Tuesday, March 09, 2021 10:06 PM
    Message # 10181006
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Welcome to the Spring 2021 ATD Detroit Book Club!!!!  

    Join fellow Lifelong Learners in a lively discussion of Maria Konnikova's 2020 book "The Biggest Bluff:  How I learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win" 

    Please check the box at the bottom of this page to subscribe to topic - daily, weekly (sent Monday mornings)  or immediately, to receive e-mail summaries of the this discussion forum.

    Beginning March 22nd I will be sharing discussion starters and resources as we read.  All members may attach files, links, and share anything relevant you come across to enrich the experience.

    Towards the end of May we will send a poll to choose a convenient time to meet via Zoom for a live end-of-book discussion.  Did you love it? Hate it? Decide to leave the TD profession to become a professional poker player? Be ready to share your favorite take aways and applications.

    Last modified: Monday, March 22, 2021 8:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • Monday, March 22, 2021 8:46 PM
    Reply # 10225624 on 10181006
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Suggested Reading


    By March 29th  Add your thoughts on the roles of skill and chance, or luck, in work, learning and life to the discussion board.

    By April 9th  finish reading p 1-65  (A Prelude, Ante Up, The Birth of a Gamble and The Art of Losing) 

    By April 16th finish reading p. 66-116 (The Mind of a Strategist &  A Man's World) 

    By April 23rd, finish reading p. 117- 170 (No Bad Beats and Texting Your Way out of Millions & A Storytelling Business) 

    By April 30th, finish reading pg. 171-226 (The Gambler and the Nerd, The Art of the Tell & Reading Myself) 

    By May 7th, finish reading 227-288  (Full Tilt & Glory Days)

    By May 14th finish reading 289 - end (The Heart of the Gambling Beast and The Ludic Fallacy) 

    Week of May 17th - Live discussion of the book via Zoom  

    For additional resources and discussion on this book with the broader TD community visit Talent and Development Professionals Book Club (

  • Monday, March 29, 2021 7:46 AM
    Reply # 10248135 on 10181006
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It's time to kick-off some discussion! 

    What intrigues you about this book? 

    What are you hoping to get out of reading it? 

    How has the mix of skill and chance affected your life?  Your career?

  • Sunday, April 18, 2021 9:15 AM
    Reply # 10324963 on 10181006
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Diversity and Inclusion is a big topic right now.  The chapter "A Man's World"  gets me thinking about our role as talent developers, whether we're training, designing instructions, coaching or supporting those in the workplace in some way.  How do we support those in the minority - whether its a minority gender, race, or cultural difference?   

    There has been a lot of focus over the last 30 years or so on including women in traditionally male careers, I have been in the minority working as a sales rep for Schwan's, I would estimate its about 10% women.  When I achieved the Chairman's club status back in 2011 I was the only women in my region to be awarded.   I have also worked in the opposite situation working as an elementary school teacher, where the men were the minority.   Not all women are the same, and not all men are the same. We want to avoid stereotypes, but it's true there are tendencies  and cultural norms that are a reality.  How do we work to help everyone succeed?  

    Another quote from this chapter "I'm just a novice, overwhelmed by emotion, who can't think clearly",  pg 113  also reminds me of the challenge of creating and executing good onboarding for new hires, who are often in this place of being overwhelmed by so many things that are new.  What have you found that is most effective for new hires? or something that helped you when you first started in a new job? 

  • Wednesday, April 28, 2021 9:04 PM
    Reply # 10393793 on 10181006
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A short read to go along with our book.

    Erik Seidel on Keeping Up w/ the Game: "I Don't Even Think I Know How to Play" | PokerNews

    What do you think about Erik's value as a mentor to Maria? 

    What do you think about his answer to this question? 

    Any plans for an Erik Seidel poker book, be it strategy or a biography?

    [Laughs]. I don't think it'd be a very good read, I don't really have much to say. I think it'd be a terrible book. If I ever do write one, nobody should buy it.

  • Thursday, May 06, 2021 9:29 PM
    Reply # 10449758 on 10181006
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Next week's ATD Chapter meeting is on Emotional Intelligence.  While this is gaining a much wider acceptance as a power intelligence, there is a temptation to  focus on the "hard" skills of facts, figures, memorization of tasks and test results, things more easily measured.    

    In the chapter "Full Tilt" Maria deals with the emotional ups and downs of her dive into the world of poker and how her underlying feelings, experiences and past experience affect her playing, and even how her dogged struggle to achieve her goal to get to the WSOP in less than a year could get in the way of really achieving her original goal of learning about the balance of skill and chance. 

    pg. 228 "Mastery is always a struggle for balance. How much time do you devote to the craft, and how much to yourself?'.... All your technical prowess will evaporate if your mind and emotional landscape aren't solid." 


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