1440 Faculty Focus: Getting to Know Judith E. Glaser
Judith E. Glaser is the best-selling author of seven business books, including Conversational Intelligence. She is a pioneering and innovative change agent, consultant, and executive coach and is the world’s leading authority on Conversational Intelligence®, WE-centric leadership, and “neuro-innovation.” Judith has more than 30 years’ experience drawing on neuroscience and anthropology in working with CEOs and their teams to elevate levels of engagement, collaboration, and innovation to impact the bottom line.
What do you think is the most important lesson people can glean from your work?
We are designed to grow our whole life.
Sometimes we get stuck in thinking otherwise and it can make us sad about who we are. If we live in “discovery” we never stop growing, we can live to 100 and beyond, and when we live in this “happy place” we send happiness to others every time we talk with them. These are the chemical highs that I love to talk about … and there is more to the story. All our interactions are chemically based and knowing what interactions create what neuro-chemical responses is like finding the “holy grail!”
Do you have an affirmation for tough times?
Tough times are when you have an aspiration and don’t feel able to achieve it! Reframe it to “Tough times are the challenges that help us grow!” Then we can handle them better and we might even look forward to them coming.
Where’s your happy place?
My gut. I love getting “gut insights.” It gives me a chill all over my body.
What’s the one thing that we all should remember about love?
Love your husband, love your children, love your grandchildren, love your clients, love your friends, and love them even if—or when they are not perfect!
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a doctor! I read my first medical book when I was 11.5 and found it extraordinarily exciting. In the medical books, I could see inside of people’s brains and I got so excited I couldn’t sleep! Then I discovered archeology and anthropology and went on an Archeological Excavation to Czechoslovakia to excavate a 6,000-year-old Neolithic site. Then I discovered “power” and put it all together and became an Organizational Anthropologist.