On this episode of the Dadpreneur podcast we talk with neuropsychologist Dr. Julia DiGangi about how the brain’s “wiring” affects workplace behaviors such as motivation, performance, leadership and relationships, and what actually works to solve interpersonal problems. According to Dr. DiGangi, there’s almost no distinction between leadership and emotional intelligence. “Leadership is about who you become in the moments of pain.”
Through her work with torture survivors, combat veterans, bereaved parents and orphans, Dr. DiGangi has become intimately acquainted with the many faces of suffering—and it was through this work that she sought to understand both the scientific underpinnings and the spiritual consequences of stress and trauma. She shares what she has learned about various forms of suffering and coping strategies in her talk, “The Art and Science of Suffering.”
Dr. Julia DiGangi is a neuropsychologist who works with leaders, corporate teams and couples to address pain in their lives. An expert in the brain’s relationship with stress, resilience and relationships, she applies her expertise to help leaders think differently about their relationships, the pain they can cause, and what *actually* works to solve interpersonal problems.
From overwhelmed corporate leaders to traumatized couples to dysfunctional teams, Dr. Julia has taught thousands to create a new relationship with their brain and, subsequently, improve their relationships with the people around them. By helping people understand the brain in new ways, she empowers people to achieve the interpersonal effectiveness they desire.
Prior to becoming a neuropsychologist, she worked in international humanitarian relief, delivering aid in “disaster zones.” She has also worked on multiple U.S. presidential campaigns and at The White House. In her clinical practice, she treats patients suffering from a variety of stress-related conditions, such as PTSD and anxiety, and she regularly works with people (e.g., corporate teams, couples, families) who are experiencing pain in their relationships.
She is regularly the keynote speaker for corporate, healthcare, government and educational audiences. She has published extensively in the scientific literature as well as in popular press outlets, like Harvard Business Review, The Chicago Tribune and Psychology Today. She is presently writing a book for Harvard Business Review, the pre-eminent publication for business leaders. The book is titled “From Pain to Progress: The Neuroscience of Smart Leadership in Tough Times” and is due out in Fall 2021.
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