Susan Elizabeth Rice is an American public official, she served as the 24th U.S. National Security Advisor from 2013 to 2017.
Former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice, who’s said to be on Joe Biden’s shortlist for running mate, defends her handling of Benghazi aftermath and slams Trump’s COVID-19 response.In Hot Topics, the co-hosts and guest co-host Sara Haines react to Attorney General William Barr’s contentious testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, and more.
Bill’s guests are Susan Rice, George Will, Malcolm Nance and Andrew Sullivan. (Originally aired 6/19/20)
Susan shares how she learned to leverage the characteristics of her personality early in her career as assistant secretary of state [2:05]One of the important conversations Susan had with a mentor that changed the trajectory of her career [4:50]Her parent’s commitment to education, their personal backgrounds, and the legacies they created [8:10]The result of instilling self-belief into children and mastering “psychological jiu jitsu” [10:22]What the early lessons of family diplomacy taught her [14:00]The importance of strategic compartmentalization [16:48]How to approach crisis during high stakes situations [18:29]How to practice compassionate leadership while maintaining effectiveness [20:10]Hacking the concept of “work-life balance” [21:10]The required characteristics of powerful leaders [28:14]The hard things about leadership and the idea of being liked [31:20]The “middle finger story”/the time Susan stood up for herself in an important meeting [33:23]Susan talks about China’s intelligence collection in the US [39:45]A call for unity between the private, public, and academic sectors [42:54]
Al and Rice discuss how immensely consequential decisions are made in real time. Sometimes you get it right. Sometimes you don't. And how you deal with tragic mistakes but have to keep on going.
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Nov 17th, 1964
Washington D.C., District of Columbia, United States of America
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11 hours, 41 minutes
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