It’s More Words Of Wisdom From 3% Keynote Susan David!

It’s More Words Of Wisdom From 3% Keynote Susan David!
SHARE
THIS



Regular readers of B&T would no doubt have devoured the wise words of 3% Conference Keynote speaker Susan David yesterday. And the good news is that we’ve got Part II of our interview with her right here!

In case you missed yesterday’s chat, Susan David Ph.D is an award-winning psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. David is also co-founder and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital; and CEO of Evidence Based Psychology, a boutique business consultancy.

In recent years she has achieved a new level of fame after publishing an article called Emotional Agility: What Does It Take To Thrive. It went viral, with the Harvard Business Review naming it Management Idea of the Year.

Last year, David published a book titled Emotional Agility, which promptly became a Wall Street Journal #1 Best Seller. The book will launch in paperback form in Australia next month.

Read on and be enlightened and inspired by Susan’s words of wisdom.

In terms of female participation in the upper echelons of the workforce, what are you seeing currently that both pleases you and concerns you?

I’ll start with my concerns. There is still systemic discrimination in the workforce. Problems arise when organisations think they can just get the numbers [of female staff/leaders] to a point, then it’s job done. By hitting a quota, it doesn’t mean organisations are getting the most from their employees. The real issue is that people running businesses don’t understand why diversity is important.

Another concern is that many people in high-ranking positions think it’s enough to simply accept there’s unconscious bias. But a blind spot by definition is blind – you’re not aware you’re doing something. Breaking these habits is the only way real progress can be achieved.

On the flip side, I am encouraged that today many organisations are implementing systematic and habitual changes around recruiting and promoting. They are looking at hiring and promotion panels, and asking themselves, are they diverse? They’re the kind of businesses that are not run by male gatekeepers.

And with these issues, it’s not just about gender – it’s about humanity. A successful workplace is about diversity of thought and emotions.

It’s about recognising the individual as an individual and that people are not machines. It’s about welcoming the individual into the workplace and creating workplaces that are open and flexible. Many businesses are making amazing strides in this area.

You’ve spoken extensively at conferences in the past. What are the most common questions you’re asked when you present?

By far the most common question I’m asked is how do these ideas [around emotional agility] apply to raising children.

I’m also asked a lot about how we should ready our child for the changing world ahead. As parents, we jump in and try and take away sadness a lot of the time. It’s a protective measure, but it can have adverse consequences.

On a similar topic, I am sometimes asked what is the one thing that keeps me awake at night. I heard this question asked of Elon Musk, and his answer really resonated with me. He said, “In the next decade, 50 per cent of people will be denied meaningful work”. That is something we will have to address in the near future, on a tangible and emotional level.

Who are the most inspirational women you’ve come across over your professional career and why?

Although she is probably not known to Australian audiences, I would single out Ruth Ann Harnisch. Ruth is a former journalist and news anchor with three decades of experience. A notable thing about Ruth Ann is that she takes everyday opportunities to use her voice. This is a woman who if she feels something is wrong uses her voice to highlight injustice. When there’s women who are prepared to speak up and say, “This isn’t ok, it’s not good enough”, then that’s a really positive step.

Ruth Ann acts in ways that are values-aligned and makes a difference (her work centres on racial and gender equality, and she has also set up The Harnisch Foundation, a philanthropic body).

At the end of the day, we all have a voice, and using it can feel unsafe. It takes practice. The more women who use their voice, the more we’ll see meaningful changes.

David will deliver her keynote address at The 3% Conference on Thursday 31 August. To hear her and other media luminaries like Cindy Gallop and Lisen Stromberg, grab your tickets here.

Susan’s website also provides a free EQ quote for interested parties. To get yours, simply click here.

Photo courtesy of Dana Patrick Photography.

3% Conference banner

 

The 3% Conference Australasia sponsor block

 

Please login with linkedin to comment

Latest News

Study: Aussie Brands Close The Gap Between Digital Experience & Customer Expectation
  • Marketing

Study: Aussie Brands Close The Gap Between Digital Experience & Customer Expectation

SAP Australia today launched its 2017 Australian Digital Experience Report, revealing that Australian businesses have significantly improved the digital experience they provide, closing the gap to what consumers expect. However, while performance has improved, consumers are still more likely to be unsatisfied with digital experiences than delighted by them.  The report, based on results from […]

Nuttelex Launches First Brand TVC Via Independent The Sanford Partnership
  • Campaigns

Nuttelex Launches First Brand TVC Via Independent The Sanford Partnership

Following a nation-wide qualitative and quantitative research study, independent creative agency The Sanford Partnership has produced a TVC for its client Nuttelex. The TVC has a nostalgic theme with a modern twist and highlights the brand’s healthy credentials. Nuttelex Food Products Pty Ltd started in a small factory in St Kilda in 1932. Now, the family […]

Yarra Trams & Icon Agency Introduce ‘Tram Coach’ For New Passenger Safety Campaign
  • Advertising
  • Campaigns

Yarra Trams & Icon Agency Introduce ‘Tram Coach’ For New Passenger Safety Campaign

Yarra Trams has appointed Icon Agency to deliver a new passenger safety campaign, following a competitive three-way pitch. The campaign aims to reduce the incidence of slips, trips and falls on trams via Melbourne’s latest safety ambassador, ‘Tram Coach’. Commencing today, Tram Coach will be travelling the Yarra Trams network throughout the week. His mission […]

The Red Republic Appoints New General Manager
  • Marketing

The Red Republic Appoints New General Manager

The Red Republic has strengthened its management team with the appointment of Mai Aristoteli (pictured above) as general manager. Aristoteli joins The Red Republic from Talk PR in London, where she has worked for nine years as a board director. The appointment of Aristoteli follows The Red Republic managing director Lynn Mooney’s relocation to head-up […]

PR Deadlines Inks Deal With GlobalCom PR Network
  • Marketing

PR Deadlines Inks Deal With GlobalCom PR Network

Sydney-based agency PR Deadlines has extended its global reach after inking a partnership agreement with the GlobalCom PR Network. The agreement gives PR Deadlines’ clients access to some 70 independent agencies covering all European Union states, as well as 60 more in countries worldwide. In turn, clients of affiliated agencies will have access to PR […]

Fintech Start-up InstaReM Names Aussie Cricketer Matthew Wade As Brand Ambassador
  • Marketing

Fintech Start-up InstaReM Names Aussie Cricketer Matthew Wade As Brand Ambassador

InstaReM, which offers international money transfers to individuals and businesses, has signed on Australian wicketkeeper Matthew Wade as the sports face of the brand. InstaReM lists Australia as its founding market, having begun life here in 2014. Since the company’s modest start in Australia, InstaReM has since successfully spread its wings to other corridors by […]

Australia Is Diverse… Does Your Brand Have An Inclusive Digital Presence?
  • Marketing
  • Opinion

Australia Is Diverse… Does Your Brand Have An Inclusive Digital Presence?

As Australia continues to grow and the population becomes more ethnically diverse, it is important that marketers ensure digital environments are more inclusive, especially for those who don’t speak English as a first language, writes Siteimprove’s Haley Doel (pictured below). Having a readable and accessible website is no longer just a high priority for large […]

Opinion

by B&T Magazine

B&T Magazine
Pepsi MAX Teams Up With PHD & Time Out For New Data-driven Campaign
  • Advertising
  • Campaigns

Pepsi MAX Teams Up With PHD & Time Out For New Data-driven Campaign

Pepsi MAX has partnered with PHD and Time Out to not only inspire Australians, but also enhance their ability to ‘MAX’ out their summer this year. Through the use of a live dynamic data feed, consumers will be served ads by the brand on events taking place around them that are relevant to their personal […]

AI – To Join It Or To Beat It
  • Media
  • Opinion

AI – To Join It Or To Beat It

I'm afraid we can't let you read this piece Dave! That's a joke about A Space Odyssey 2001, young B&T readers.

Opinion

by B&T Magazine

B&T Magazine
AnalogFolk Opens In Shanghai
  • Advertising

AnalogFolk Opens In Shanghai

AnalogFolk has opened in Shanghai and, as B&T's trusty Funk & Wagnalls atlas tell us, is somewhere near Wollongong.