We live in an age of enlightenment. Our days are filled to the brim with apps and books and “life hacks” that will supposedly help us control our emotions and get happy. But have you ever considered that all of your emotions — not just the positive ones — could make you a smarter, happier, and more successful employee and person?
Our guest this week is Dr. Susan David, and she is an expert on this kind of thinking. Susan not only has her PhD in psychology, she is an author and the CEO of her consulting firm, Evidence-Based Psychology. Her new book, Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life, is packed with ways to make emotions into valuable workplace tools rather than distractions.
We begin by defining “emotional agility” and Susan’s primary goal: for people to bring their emotions to the workplace and become more effective, curious, and challenged employees. We talk about how organizations want to be adaptable more than ever before, which begins with adaptability on an individual level.
Susan also talks about how human beings get “hooked” on habits that don’t benefit them, and how this can impact our performance. Finally, we talk about how your emotions can benefit both you and your organization – you don’t have to check them at the office door.
Susan David, PhD, is a psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. She is also the co-founder and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, and the CEO of her consulting firm Evidence Based Psychology.
Susan has worked with senior leadership of hundreds of major organizations: the United Nations, Ernst & Young, and the World Economic Forum are just a few. Her work has been featured in many publications, including the Harvard Business Review, Time, Fast Company, and the Wall Street Journal. Originally from South Africa, she now lives outside of Boston with her family.
Susan’s insights go against what we’re often taught about the superiority of rationality over emotion. Don’t miss this chance to change your perspective on how emotions can make us better workers and people.
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On Today’s Episode We’ll Learn:
- Why simply telling your employees the company values won’t make them stick.
- How you can still make well-thought out, values-based decisions when emotional or upset.
- Why the workplace can be such a powerfully emotional environment for many people.
- How the evolution of human emotions helps us survive, and why emotion should be embraced.
- How to understand and balance the “emotional labor” that we do in the office.
Key Resources for Susan David:
- Connect with Susan: SusanDavid.com | Evidence Based Psychology | Twitter
- Amazon: Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life
- Kindle: Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life
- Audible: Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life
- Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal
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- The Tony Robbins Podcast
- “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” –Victor Frankl
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