There’s a longstanding taboo against displaying emotions in the workplace – and it’s based on the idea that we make our best business decisions when we keep feelings and intuition out of the mix.

But the time has come for us to directly question these longstanding beliefs about human effectiveness – and challenge the notion that any of us has ever really possessed the ability to shut down our emotions at the turn of a switch – and operate our lives with pure rationality.

The truth of the matter is that feelings hold sway over us all the time, and that emotional dynamics directly affect our behavior, communication and decisions whether we’re aware of them or not. Research now proves we’re far more effective in our lives and careers when we leverage them to our advantage.

This podcast episode is dedicated to introducing you to some of the emerging research which proves human beings were designed to rely on both their minds and their hearts – and to explain ways you can apply this knowledge in our own life, and to your leadership of others.

Along with, Mollie West Duffy, podcast guest Liz Fosslien is the co-author of the new book, “No Hard Feelings,” a treatise on how to tap into one’s emotions to build a far more successful life and career.  And as an indication that there’s suddenly a lot of interest in bringing emotions into the spotlight, their book has received effusive praise from bestselling authors, Susan Cain, Adam Grant, Laszlo Bock and recent podcast guest, Chip Conley.  Fortune Magazine named it one of the “10 Best Business Books Of 2019.

Harvard Business School professor, Bill George has said that what gets taught in the world’s top MBA programs today is 95% intellectual and just 5% emotional – a profound mistake he believes in how we prepare the workplace’s future senior leaders.  To his point, Liz and Mollie assert that “The Future Is Emotional,” and this podcast will surely help you successfully pivot into that new brave world.

By Mark C. Crowley

Mark C. Crowley is the author of Lead From The Heart: Transformational Leadership For The 21st Century which has been taught in 11 American universities. He is a global speaker, leadership consultant and thought leader on the topics of workplace culture and employee engagement.