Free Lunch Thinking, with Tom Bergin
As a journalist for Reuters, Tom has worked in a number of hostile environments. His conversation with Graham begins with travel hacks and preparedness.
> I got the job at Reuters because nobody else wanted to do it.
Before the market crash in 2006, Tom worked as an energy broker and a funds manager before making a change in his 30s, moving to London and pursuing a new career in journalism, where he wrote about credit derivatives.
> Just because it feels intuitive doesn’t actually mean it’s true.
Tom talks about [his first book](https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B005BOMVNY/), which told “the inside story of BP”, and how a series of decisions would lead to a major oil spill.
In [Free Lunch Thinking](https://www.amazon.co.uk/Free-Lunch-Thinking-Economics-Economy-ebook/dp/B08GPX1MNP/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=tom+bergin&qid=1611565930&sr=8-1), Tom “lifts the bonnet on economics”, examining cognitive bias and exposing the received wisdom many students of economics have taken for granted.
> I had Donald Trump screaming down the phone at me, telling me that I was an idiot.
Tom recounts a telephone encounter he had with Donald Trump, after challenging the former US President’s claim to be a great businessperson. He and Graham then discuss Trump’s approach to truth.
> Productivity is about trying to break down a somewhat abstract idea or objective into clearly defined activities.
Graham and Tom finish by talking about productivity, defining scope of work, and motivation.
[Graham Allcott](http://www.grahamallcott.com/) is the founder of [time management training](http://thinkproductive.co.uk/ "Link: http://thinkproductive.co.uk/") company [Think Productive](http://thinkproductive.co.uk/).
This podcast is produced by [Origin](https://origin.fm/).
Brought to you by Graham Allcott of Beyond Busy