In this episode of The Optimized Mind, Dr. Kate talks with Chuck Garcia, founder of Climb Leadership, executive coach, and best-selling author. The discussion focuses on Chuck’s upcoming book, The Moment that Defines Your Life: Integrating Emotional Intelligence and Stoicism when your Life, Career and Family are on the Line. Dr. Kate and Chuck explore the many messages related to emotional intelligence and stoicism embedded in the book throughout this powerful conversation. Central themes include defining emotional intelligence and stoicism, along with the concept of a mental fortress and discussing why these are vital ideas in defining success and well-being; finding purpose and meaning in work by giving back and fostering success in others; the power in having the freedom to follow your own path and emotional intelligence in parenting. Chuck also shares powerful life-defining experiences which inform his life and work.
Chuck Garcia is the founder of Climb Leadership International and he coaches executives on leadership development, public speaking, and emotional intelligence. His clients include the world’s largest financial institutions including Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, and Bloomberg. Chuck is a professional speaker and has given keynotes in over 20 countries. He is an Amazon best-selling author, talk radio host and teaches leadership communication and Emotional Intelligence at Columbia University’s Graduate School.
A 25-year veteran of Wall Street, Chuck spent 14 years in sales and marketing at Bloomberg in a variety of leadership positions. He was Director of Business Development at BlackRock Solutions, an arm of the world’s largest investment manager, and was a Managing Director at Citadel, a prestigious alternative investment manager. Chuck is also a mountaineer and has climbed some of the world’s tallest peaks including Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Elbrus, the Matterhorn, as well as mountains in Alaska and the Andes.
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