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Episode 1: The Science of Emotion

Season #2

Episode Title: Unlocking the Power of Emotions in Leadership

Host: Lauren Marie Kutsko, Executive Coach and Co-Owner of Kutsko Consulting

Guest: Caleb Mitchell MDIV, MAC, LPC, and Co-Owner of both The Phoenix Counseling Collective and The Wellness Collaborative

Episode Overview: In this insightful episode, Lauren Marie delves into the complex world of human emotions, discussing their biological and physiological aspects and their crucial role in emotional intelligence. Joined by therapist Caleb Mitchell, they explore how understanding and managing emotions can profoundly impact our professional and personal lives.

Key Topics Discussed:

  1. The Biology of Emotions:

    • Understanding emotions as responses to events, triggered both externally and internally.
    • The role of the limbic system, including the amygdala, hippocampus, and hypothalamus, in managing emotions.
    • Physiological responses to emotions: changes in heart rate, breathing, and adrenaline levels.
  2. Emotional Intelligence:

    • Daniel Goleman's five key elements: self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills.
    • The importance of emotional intelligence in navigating complex interpersonal dynamics.
  3. Emotional Regulation Techniques:

    • The concept of neuroplasticity and its role in shaping emotional responses.
    • Mindfulness meditation and its impact on emotional regulation.
    • The polyvagal theory and physical practices for stimulating the vagus nerve.
  4. Interview with Caleb Mitchell:

    • Common emotional triggers for leaders and strategies for addressing them.
    • The concept of emotional hijacking and the importance of creating space between emotional reactions and actions.
    • The role of the autonomic nervous system in emotional responses.
  5. Practical Tips for Leaders:

    • Techniques for calming the body and engaging the parasympathetic nervous system.
    • The interconnectedness of executive function and emotions in effective leadership.
    • The impact of emotional intelligence work on personal life.

Upcoming Episodes: Stay tuned for discussions on self-awareness and cultivating awareness to become a more integrated leader.

Closing Thoughts: Lauren Marie emphasizes the personal nature of business and the importance of excelling in it through emotional intelligence.

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