December 11, 2017 /

The Power Paradox

Join us for our next WiseTalk on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 1pm PT/4pm ET as Sue Bethanis hosts Dacher Keltner, professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley and faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center. His  research focuses on the biological and evolutionary origins of emotion, in particular pro-social states such as compassion, awe, love, and beauty, and power, social class, and inequality.

Dacher has published over 200 scientific articles, written for many media outlets, and consulted for the Center for Constitutional Rights (to help end solitary confinement), Google, Facebook, the Sierra Club, and the Pixar movie, Inside Out. In his recent book, The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence, he argues that people acquire power through socially intelligent practices, but lose those talents once feeling the surges of power. there is a strong need for the cultivation of social intelligence.

Dacher and Sue will discuss:

  • How having power corrupts and changes people
  • What happens when people begin to influence power
  • How we can wield influence without compromising our best instincts
  • What it takes to remain an enduring and effective leader