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Do You Need More Emotional Agility? with Susan David

By Michelle McQuaid

Susan David is an award willing psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, co-founder, and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, and CEO of Evidence Based Psychology, a boutique business consultancy. She’s the author of the number one Wall Street Journal best selling book “Emotional Agility,” based on her concept that Harvard Business Review heralded as a management idea of the year, and has been featured in numerous leading publications including The New York Times, Washington Post and Time Magazine, and has worked with the senior leadership of hundreds of major organisations including the United Nations, Ernst & Young, and the World Economic Forum. In today’s episode, we’ll discuss why emotions are not simply positive or negative, and how we can navigate the way we feel in more agile and effective ways at work. Connect with Susan: Website: You’ll Learn: [02:20] - Susan explains why thinking of emotion as positive or negative can undermine people’s ability to thrive. [07:25] - Susan suggests that thinking of emotions as data, rather than as good or bad, can help people develop emotional agility. [14:40] - Susan shares her recommendations for ensuring people own their emotions, rather than letting their emotions call the shots. [19:16] - Susan provides tips for how teams can practice emotional agility. [20:43] - Susan shares how the skills of emotional agility can build psychological safety in teams. [22:39] -  Susan explains how self-compassion can make it easier to be emotionally agile. [26:09] - Susan shares how tiny tweaks and the willingness to keep pushing beyond our comfort zones can enable emotional agility. [24:29] - Susan completes the lightning round. Your Resources: MPPW Podcast on Facebook Adam Grant's Worklife Podcast Thanks for listening! Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post. Please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free! You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing. Until next time, take care!  Thank you Susan!

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