Connecting Early Relationships To Leadership

Carole Robin
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Connect And Relate
October 20, 2022
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Professor, author, and coach Carole Robin is a pioneer in helping leaders in tech, business, and high-level organizations tap into the power of interpersonal relationships to better their outcomes and lives. Her book, Connect, co-authored with David Bradford, based on their legendary Stanford Business class– “Interpersonal Dynamics (aka “Touchy Feely”)” has helped thousands of business leaders deepen their relationships while elevating their career trajectories.

Carole Robin

Professor, author, and coach Carole Robin is a pioneer in helping leaders in tech, business, and high-level organizations tap into the power of interpersonal relationships to better their outcomes and lives. Her book, Connect, co-authored with David Bradford, based on their legendary Stanford Business class– “Interpersonal Dynamics (aka “Touchy Feely”)” has helped thousands of business leaders deepen their relationships while elevating their career trajectories.

What is the connection between childhood and interpersonal dynamics as adults?

An expert in interpersonal dynamics, today’s guest, Carole Robin, understands the importance of ensuring children grow up in loving, supportive, and non-judgmental surroundings. Carole is best known for her legendary Stanford Business class, Interpersonal Dynamics (aka “Touchy Feely”). Along with collaborator David Bradford, with whom she co-authored the book Connect, Carole has helped thousands of business leaders deepen their personal relationships while elevating their career trajectories. 

Carole’s experience of being raised by a judgmental mother and an optimistic father directly impacted the way she experienced the world at a young age: while her father was unquestioningly supportive of her capabilities, her mother was much more reserved in her encouragement. Through navigating these relationships in her formative years, Carole learned to become competitive and resourceful–but as an adult, also found the need to unlearn some of the protections she had built around her feelings to better her relationships with others around her.

Now an expert in managing interpersonal relationships, Carole has embraced being comfortable with her feelings and believes that this level of comfort needs to be fostered throughout childhood. Our discussion highlights the path that brought her to this realization and the conscientious decisions she has made as both a mother and as a grandmother to ensure her children have the unequivocal love and support that they need to develop the resilience, curiosity, and confidence necessary for well-rounded success.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • How Carole came to the realization that some of the attributes that helped her to succeed were also hindering her growth 
  • Why understanding and unpacking our feelings can be more difficult than it seems
  • The importance of instilling a growth mindset during childhood
  • Why it is so crucial for children to feel they are unequivocally loved and not underestimated throughout their childhood

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