Ep 74. Susan David: Becoming Emotionally Agile
"Emotions are data, not directions."
Susan David is the author of the bestselling book Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life. She is one of the world’s leading management thinkers and an award winning Harvard Medical School psychologist. She is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and guest on national radio and television. She was named on the Thinkers50 Radar list of people shaping the future of organizations and management. Susan is CEO of Evidence Based Psychology and Cofounder of the Institute of Coaching (a Harvard Medical School/McLean affiliate). She serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of Thrive Global and Virgin Pulse.
Susan and Stew talk about embracing emotions rather than pushing them away or putting on a happy face. Susan describes and illustrates her four key concepts of emotional agility that help us deal effectively and constructively with life’s daily travails as well as its greater challenges. They discuss the importance of simply facing the issues, not ignoring them; of taking an objective, detached, analytic view of your own situation; of understanding what’s truly important to you personally; and of adjusting your perspective and making conscious deliberate choices. You can take her quiz to help you discern your values and get started on aligning them with your everyday actions.