We all know what emotional intelligence is for the most part, I think, but what about emotional fitness? We’re talking to Susan Packard. She’s the author of Fully Human: Steps to Grow Your Emotional Fitness in Work, Leadership, and Life. It comes out this month.
Susan is a pretty big deal. You may know her by the brands that she has built. Most notably, she helped to build TV brands like CNBC and the Food Network. She was the second employee and COO of HGTV, which is my favorite channel. Later, they sold HGTV for $15 billion in 2018.
Susan’s career has now led her to thought leadership, speaking, writing. Her latest book again is called Fully Human. In it, she shares insights that she gained during her years at places like HGTV. Susan believes there’s a gap between what we know about emotional intelligence and how we live. In this book, she offers invaluable tools that bridge that gap. We talk about her upbringing in Detroit, managing money in her marriage and navigating very male-dominated industries as a leader and executive.