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Happy Space Podcast with Clare Kumar

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🙂 Welcome to the Happy Space® Podcast where we explore the intersection of productivity & inclusivity through the lens of a highly sensitive productivity coach, speaker, and brand collaborator - that's me!

Tune in for conversations with authors, culture-shapers, space designers, and creators of products, services, and customer experience as we highlight astonishing contributions tempting a more tender world.

We know that diversity leads to richer results, so let’s accept that #productivityispersonal and commit to designing with greater respect for humanity.

I aim to leave you with ideas to better support your colleagues, customers, community, and not least of all, yourself and those who matter most. For, everyone, including you, deserves a Happy Space.

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Negotiation Expert, Fotini Iconomopoulos shares how adopting a few negotiation strategies can lead to better relationships in business and life. Negotiation Expert, Fotini Iconomopoulos dives deep into the art of negotiation. Throughout the conversation, Fotini shares insights from her extensive experience running negotiation workshops and reveals the top challenges people experience when learning how to negotiate and how applying these strategies can actually improve relationships. She offers actionable steps for overcoming these barriers like the importance of preparation, cooperative negotiation tactics, emotional regulation, and asking the right questions. Fotini also explores the bias between men and women in the workplace when it comes to negotiation and provides real life examples. She also shares her own story about needing to go to the emergency room and how negotiation literally saved her life. BIOFor over a decade, Fotini Iconomopoulos has been the person that Fortune 50 companies call to help them through their high stakes negotiations or train them to upgrade their negotiation, communication and persuasion skills. Today she spends most of her time keynote speaking on negotiation, communication, leadership and conflict management, and offering her experience to meaningful non-profit initiatives. She is regularly featured on TV & podcast media and has been quoted in numerous global publications including HBR, Forbes, CNN, CNBC, and Business Insider.HarperCollins noticed her frequent media appearances and asked to write her first, now best-selling, book “Say Less, Get More: Unconventional Negotiation Techniques to Get What You Want”which launched to critical acclaim and praise as some of “The Best Leadership Advice from Books By Women” (Globe & Mail 2021).When not with clients, she occasionally returns to the classroom as an instructor of MBA Negotiations at the Schulich School of Business, where she completed her MBA, as well as guest lectures at universities all over the globe.After a decade of entrepreneurship in retail, Fotini refined her negotiation skills in the corporate world working for giants like L’Oreal before management consulting. She created a successful negotiation advisory practice for another global firm before starting her own, guiding clients through high-stakes scenarios in all industries.Having overcome significant gender adversity early in her career, Fotini is passionate about helping people develop the confidence to take on challenges, with a particular interest in empowering women & disadvantaged groups through various non-profit initiatives.  In 2018, she expanded to educating adolescent girls through an empowerment camp experience, to start building their confidence and resilience early, a passion she continues to pursue.She’s been honored by NextUp (formerly Network of Executive Women), whom she serves as a regional advisor for their only Canadian chapter, with a National Inclusion award; The Greek America Foundation as one of their Top 40 under 40; and has been nominated for the Women of Influence RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards multiple times.CHAPTERS05:12 Challenges surrounding asking for what you want08:16 Privilege in negotiation, the on-ramp vs. the stairs12:09 Emotional regulation in negotiation16:58 Labelling in negotiation19:40 Using questions to self-advocate in high pressure situations22:14 Mirroring in corporate environments25:20 How to know when to leave a negotiation situation31:13 Rehearsing for negotiations34:22 Likeability in negotiation and how to better connect with others 40:50 How Fotini turned a hospital visit into a negotiation and succeededLINKSSay Yes Get...
Productivity expert and executive coach, Clare Kumar reveals her new job, outlines the Total Team Work Program, recaps her experience and shares insights from Brené Brown’s keynote at WorkHuman 2024.Clare Kumar is a productivity expert and executive coach who focuses on the intersection where productivity meets inclusivity in workplaces and organizations. In this episode, she talks about her new job as Regional Director of Hidden Disabilities Canada (hdsunflower.com). In addition, Clare gives an update and outlines her program, Happy Space Total Team Work, where leaders and their teams co-create their future of work and explains how the Happy Space Work Style Profile is an integral part of this program. The episode covers the Workhuman 2024 conference and Clare shares her experience and takeaways from speakers such as Baratunde Rafiq Thurston, Esther Perel, and Brené Brown. CHAPTERS04:25 Clare’s late autism diagnosis07:58  the Sunflower and Clare’s new job12:00 New book, Ask Already and the Happy Space Work Style Profile15:25  Sharing MS diagnosis18:18  Happy Space Total Teamwork Program20:15  Workhuman 2024 highlights22:23  Being comfortable with silence and “The Culture Map” by Erin Meyer24:22  Barbie Brewer and Building your asynchronous muscle + Vanice Hayes and ERG’s28:20  Baratunde Rafiq Thurston - Understanding power and its value29:15 Hustle and grind, and the importance of weaving in personal priorities33:10  Speakers: Gloria Goins, Peter Danzig and Kamille Washington37:50  A thank you from Happy Space Podcast38:40  Brené Brown highlights and how AI ties into HR41:50  Brené Brown and the epidemic of loneliness43:55  “I do like humanity, I’m not crazy about people in general” - Brené Brown45:00  Brené Brown and shame triggers in the workplace46:03  Brené Brown and grounded confidenceLINKSHidden DisabilitiesHdsunflower.comWorkHuman 2024The Message of You by Judy CarterEp. 45 - Melanie Deziel - Unmasking - Late Autism Diagnosis in WomenEp. 46 - Ludmila Praslova - Unlocking the Power of Neurodiversity at WorkThe Canary Code by Ludmila PraslovaRobbie Samuels’ WebsiteEp. 30 - Stephen Shedletsky - Creating a Speak-Up CultureSpeak-Up Culture by Stephen Shedletskya...
Pasha Marlowe, neuroinclusion expert speaks about the evolution of language surrounding neurodiversity and clarifies terms like neuroqueer, disorder, gender, and impaired.In this episode of the Happy Space Podcast, Clare Kumar interviews Pasha Marlowe, a neuroinclusion advocate. The discussion delves into the importance of language in fostering inclusivity in neurodiverse spaces. They explore terms such as 'neurodiverse,' 'neuroqueer' and 'neuro spicy,' and emphasize the significance of personal agency in identity. The conversation also touches on the intersectionality of these terms with disability, gender, and cultural contexts. Pasha highlights the importance of inclusive design and creating spaces where everyone can feel they belong.Pasha Marlowe, MFT (she/they) received her masters in marriage and family therapy in 1996, way back when "Macarena" was the hit song and now you can't get that song out of your head. Since then, she has focused on working as a coach with neurodivergent individuals and couples, specifically those who identify as ADHD, Autistic, AuDHD, or Dyslexic. They especially enjoy working with neurodivergent couples who are looking for help with communication, sex/intimacy, betrayal recovery, RSD (rejection sensitivity dysphoria), LGBTQIA+ issues, or PTSD. She lives in Portland, Maine with her youngest child, her ex-husband, and two doodles. CHAPTERS4:40 What is Neurodiversity and Neurodivergency?8:12 Why Clare is Neurospicy?12:40 Language surrounding physical and invisible disabilities18:18 Avoiding body trauma in medical system21:21  Medical trauma for LGBTQ+ identifying people25:08  Kassiane Asasumasu’s work and lack of sources for Neurodivergency27:15 Neurodistinct and new words emerging, neurobelonging and neurological safety34:27 Inclusive design vs. Universal design38:44 Interpreters and accessibility40:52  Gatekeeping in Neurodivergent language46:34  Neuroqueering47:57 Sources for further research into Neurodiversity54:15 Organizations realizing they need to be aware of NeurodiversityLINKSNeurobelonging Media KitPasha Marlowe’s WebsiteMy Next Husband Will Be a Lesbian by Pasha MarloweNeuroqueering PodcastBook a Call with PashaBrené Brown Quote SourceEp. 34 - Lisa Whited - Redesigning Work for People and the PlanetEp. 46 - Ludmila Praslova - Unlocking the Power of Neurodiversity at Worka...
In this episode Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, founding physician and well-being expert takes us through the seven types of rest, how to know which one you need, and the gifts that come from a well-rested life. Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, founding physician and well-being expert tells us why rest is about more than just sleep and how by through the seven types of rest, you can not only reset your battery, but enjoy a more fulfilling life. Dr. Dalton-Smith takes us through her journey of her own story of burnout and how she made adjustments after realizing that living a successful life full of stress and “producing” wasn’t as important as her own well-being. She gets into the relationship between sleep and rest, the science behind sleep, and other factors that impact everyday rest. She explains how scientific research and her unique view on spirituality has informed the seven types of rest in her book, Sacred Rest.Trigger Warning: We talk briefly about suicide in this show. If you or someone you know is in crisis, please reach out for mental health assistance. In Canada, dial 988. If there is immediate risk, dial 911. For resources where you are, here is a list of global mental health resources:https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mental_health_resourcesDr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is a Board-Certified internal medicine physician, speaker, and award-winning author. She is an international well-being thought-leader featured in numerous media outlets including Prevention, MSNBC, Women’s Day, FOX, Fast Company, Psychology Today, INC, CNN Health, and TED.com. She is the author of numerous books including her bestseller Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity, including insight on the seven types of rest needed to optimize your productivity, increase your overall happiness, overcome burnout, and live your best life. Over 250,000 people have discovered their personal rest deficits using her free assessment at RestQuiz.com. Learn more about Dr. Saundra at DrDaltonSmith.com.4:04  Empathy and compassion in the conversation about rest5:33  Secrets of the well-rested8:36  Pushing back on culture to claim what we need11:38  Saundra’s personal burnout journey16:34  The relationship between rest and sleep20:41  How technology is affecting our rest routines22:47  Regulating breaks for work sessions and workshops26:50  Mental-exhaustion, and why it’s so common now30:40  Increased stimulation in the world and how it’s affecting rest for sensitive people34:16  How do we find quiet in a noisy world?36:26  Increasing productivity and connection in conferences and workshops37:53  Saundra's view of spirituality and how it ties into rest41:22  How atheists view spirituality42:30  Next steps for experiencing more rest, Sacred Rest and Restquiz.comLINKSDr. Saundra-Dalton Smith’s WebsiteDr. Saundra Dalton-Smith’s Personal Rest RetreatsRestQuiz.comSacred Rest by Dr. Saundra-Dalton SmithNational Speakers...
Heather Hansen, accent bias and linguistic inclusion expert discusses how English speakers can address their own accent bias and how non-native speakers can communicate more effectively in work environments. In this episode, Heather Hansen, Accent Bias and Linguistic Inclusion Expert shares her experiences with accent bias in three different continents and how cultural attitudes vary across the world. She discusses the universal language, English, and gives English speakers advice on how to handle their own accent bias as well as tips for non-native English speakers on how to communicate more effectively in workplaces. Accent bias brings up many questions like does having a certain accent make you sound less or more intelligent? Can you get rid of accent bias completely? And where does humor fit in? As our world becomes more and more diverse, it’s becoming important to think about communication across cultures, especially in a business context. Join Heather in this exciting conversation about language expression and cultural inclusion.BIOHeather Hansen is Managing Director of corporate training firm Global Speech Academy where she helps top professionals show up, speak up, and inspire action in a changing world. She fights microinequities related to language and accent in international teams, and helps global companies build UNMUTED communication cultures where every voice belongs. Heather is an External Expert in Communication for National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School's Executive Education programs and she is pursuing her PhD in Linguistics at Nanyang Technological University where she is studying the effects of accent bias in multinational organizations.Not only does Heather study accent bias, she has lived it in three languages across three continents, including over 20 years living abroad. She is also one of the only practitioners in the world actively running training interventions on accent bias in global organizations.This is partly why Heather has been named to the Thinkers50 Radar 2024 Class - an exclusive list of 30 up-and-coming thinkers whose ideas are expected to make an important impact on management thinking in the future.Heather is author of the multi-award-winning book, Unmuted, published by Bloomsbury Business. This book outlines her framework for successful global communication in multinational companies. She is also the author of Powerful People Skills and has contributed to three other books published by Marshall Cavendish International. Heather’s next book (coming in 2025) is a comprehensive guide on how to manage accent bias and promote linguistic inclusion at work.CHAPTERS4:40 Heather’s connection to empathy10:30 How language affects how intelligence is perceived15:50 Canadian study with children and how they perceive teachers17:30 Film examples of accent bias21:20 Our human nature to mimic24:13 When is language mockery?29:51 Why are we offended by some language?31:50 Cognitive dissonance of language and facial expression32.34 Can accent bias be stopped?34:00 Accent bias and call centres36:00 Learning language as children41:50 Where does humor come into accents and language?44:00 The increase in diversity in cities and how immigrants can be successful in English51:11 Cat trick time51:45 Pacing in language and tips to speak English more effectively54:30 Accent bias in a business environment55:40 Life and death situations - accent bias and aviation EnglishLINKSUniversity of Toronto Missisauga Study - Children have biases toward different accentsa...
Author of the Canary Code, Ludmila Praslova discusses how moral injury can cause autistic burnout, and how dignity plays a part in setting boundaries in neurodiverse workplaces. Ludmila Praslova, the author of The Canary Code, discusses the common misconceptions about autism, the importance of recognizing female and high-functioning presentations of autism, and the challenges faced by those seeking diagnosis and acceptance. This episode touches on authenticity, moral injury, and the need for accommodations at work. She also shares about her work on the concept of dignity and how it’s imperative to setting boundaries and better understanding social situations involving neurodivergent individuals. Finally, she talks about the implications of the DSM-V's categorizations, and practical advice for organizations to move forward in their DEI evolution. Ludmila N. Praslova Ph.D., SHRM-SCP is the author of “The Canary Code: A Guide to Neurodiversity, Dignity, and Intersectional Belonging at Work” (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, April 2024) and the member of the Thinkers50 Radar 2024 cohort of global management thinkers most likely to impact workplaces. She is a Professor of Graduate Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Accreditation Liaison Officer at Vanguard University of Southern California. With over 25 years of experience in developing talent-rich organizations, she is a global inclusive talent strategy expert with deep knowledge of global diversity and neurodiversity. Her current consulting is focused on creating organizational systems for inclusion and wellbeing and providing neuroinclusion training and support to organizations such as Amazon, Bank of America, and MIT. Dr. Praslova is also the editor of “Evidence-Based Organizational Practices for Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging and Equity” (Cambridge Scholars, 2023) and the special issue of the Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, “Disability inclusion in the workplace: From “accommodation” to inclusive organizational design.” She regularly writes for Fast Company, Harvard Business Review and Psychology Today, and is the first person to have published in Harvard Business Review from an autistic perspective.CHAPTERS7:00 Clare’s self-diagnosis of autism8:15 Women and the misunderstanding of autism 10:48 Autistic and neurodiverse traits12:00 Masking and Ludmila’s journey with autism17:47 Why there are so many autistic actors19:50 How moral injury affects autistic burnout21:58 The consequences of moral injury for neurodivergent individuals24:11 Autistic burnout vs. regular burnout28:20 What can leaders do to create a better work culture?32:30 What is behind a leader’s need to control?36:45 The need for more conscious social interactions in the workplace39:10 Socializing and masking with autism43:02 How to honor your own dignity44:19 How dignity can help establish boundaries at work46:12 How do we navigate the growing neurodivergent population?48:53 Autistic people and how empathy is expressed57:12 The medical model of diagnosis in autism01:06:04 The Canary Code and where you can find itLINKSThe Canary Code by Ludmila PraslovaEp. 45 - Melanie Deziel - Unmasking - Late Autism Diagnosis in WomenClinical Psychiatrist Jonathan...
Melanie Deziel, keynote speaker, branded content creator, and autistic self-advocate shares her creative insights on how she navigated her late self-diagnosis journey as an autistic adult and what advice she has for others going through their own self-discovery. In this episode of the Happy Space Podcast, Melanie Diezel, keynote speaker and highly creative autistic self-advocate explores her journey as a late-diagnosed autistic woman. Melanie delves into the challenges and misunderstandings surrounding autism, particularly how it manifests differently in women compared to men. Melanie shares her personal experiences with self-discovery through social media, the role of self-acceptance, and how her diagnosis has transformed her understanding of herself. The discussion covers the importance of recognizing and advocating for neurodiversity, as well as the nuances of diagnosis. The episode also covers insights on the spectrum of autism, the societal perceptions that influence diagnosis, and the significance of language in discussing autism.As a keynote speaker, author, and award-winning branded content creator, Melanie has spent her career developing the skills to think differently and discover new ways to engage audiences through content.Having been the first-ever editor of branded content at The New York Times, a founding member of HuffPost’s brand storytelling team, and Director of Creative Strategy for Time Inc's 35 US magazines, Melanie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience on how content can be used as a strategic tool, and how processes can help unlock its power.She’s supported 30 of the Fortune100 companies with their content (so far!), given keynotes and workshops around the world, and has developed courses for several universities.She co-founded The Creator Kitchen with fellow marketing speaker Jay Acunzo to help experienced creators continue to pursue creative growth and mastery of craft.Since 2015, she has worked with some incredible brands and spoken on stages around the world at leading conferences, building her reputation as one of the leading voices in content marketing. Melanie Deziel is frequently named on as a top influencer, expert, and person-to-follow in marketing. You can access her book “Content Fuel Framework” and “Prove It” in paperback, e-book or audiobook form.CHAPTERS4:28 How Melanie’s autism journey began 7:35 The differences between diagnosing autistic men and women11:21 How hyperfixations can be mistaken for autism14:57 Melanie’s books - Content Fuel Framework and Prove It16:45 The signs that you may be autistic20:33 Who are the female autistic role models?21:36 The discussion around autism and language24:50 Introversion and extroversion25:46 Melanie’s inclination to speak on stage despite being autistic28:52 Self-advocating and accommodating when you are autistic32:52 Why most women are late-diagnosed autistic37:15 Self-diagnosing vs. medical diagnosing autism41:40 Autism and creativity45:47 RAADS-R Autism Test for diagnosing autism LINKSFor active links, visit www.clarekumar.com/podcastMelanie Deziel’s websiteEPIC ConferenceLate Diagnosed Diaries - SubstackWords Matter: Language preferences in a sample of autistic adults (corr. 87%)SchueberfourContent Fuel Framework by Melanie DezielProve It by Melanie DezielPhil M. JonesTemple GrandinHannah GadsbyThe Canary Code by Ludmila PraslovaHSP QuizHappy Space Inclusivitees (T-shirts)#nevermindthelabels T-shirtRAADS-R TestIMAGE CREDITS (see images on Youtube video)Phil M. Jones - LinkedInLudmila Praslova - LinkedInTemple...
Judy Singer, sociologist and pioneer of the neurodiversity movement discusses the role of language around neurodiverse populations, her views on autism, whether HSP’s fit into the neurodivergent ecosystem, and her feelings about the use of the term “woman” when considering transgendered individuals. Judy Singer, sociologist and pioneer of the neurodiversity movement, discusses her views on the complexities of language, identity, and the nuances of social change. Singer discusses her contributions to societal dialogue on neurodiversity and her ongoing efforts in academic and public spheres, amidst navigating online controversy. Singer shares her pioneering thoughts on neurodiversity, the critical role of language, and naming in transgender identities. She gives her opinion on autism, and whether HSPs can be considered neurodivergent. The discussion also goes into Judy’s experience living in Sydney, and her future plans aimed at fostering inclusivity. Judy Singer is an Australian sociologist credited with coining the term “Neurodiversity” in 1997-8 while completing an Honours Thesis at the University of Technology, Sydney. Her thesis, subtitled “a personal exploration of a new social movement based on “neurological diversity”, was the first non- psychomedical academic work to map out what was proving to be the last great civil rights movement to emerge from the 20th century. The movement was based on the pioneering work of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Movement, which was being joined by other neurological minorities who clearly needed a catchy, authoritative banner termThe idea grew out of her lived experience in middle of 3 generations of women whom she then described as “somewhere on the autistic spectrum”.Like many people “on the spectrum” and especially as a woman seeking work in the early 1970s, Judy experienced difficulty finding employment. Fortunately, like many autistics, she was able to find a career in the burgeoning new field of IT which opened up a new world of opportunities for women.When Judy became a parent with a child who appeared to have a “mysterious” disability, her career responsibilities compelled her to give up her career. Instead she went back to University to pursue her true interests: anthropology and sociology.Judy has a long career in community organizing: she was the founder, via the internet, of the world's first support group for people raised by autistic parents, became the secretary of Sydney’s largest support group for the parents of autistic children and a co-founder of Sydney’s only independent social club for teenagers on the spectrum. She was elected a director of Shelter NSW, Australia’s peak body for housing justice but since the rediscovery of her work in 2017, she has been fully occupied with advocacy within the Neurodiversity discourse.Note: Edited on May 1, 2024 to remove challenging language about mental health.CHAPTERS5:53 Judy's thesis and academic background10:22 The importance of naming12:10 Neurological diversity to neurodiversity16:33 I do claim crediting the buzzword neurodiversity24:03 Neurodiversity is a property of a place, not a person26:33. Nature is not benign27:48 What about those who don't care about being so particular about language?29:47 Where does the trait of high sensitivity fit in?31:50 Why do we need all these labels? The welfare system and the medical model of disability38:41 The expansion of autism43:32 Labels can lead to solidarity44:12 Faking depression to get help53:33 The importance of naming yourselfLINKSSage Journal: The neurodiversity concept was developed collectively: An overdue correction on the origins of neurodiversity theorya...
Company culture expert, Chris Dyer discusses his experimental approach to creating environments for better work culture, the pitfalls of AI, and suggests dumping the “one on one.”In this episode of the Happy Space Podcast, company culture expert and author, Chris Dyer talks about different ways leaders can think about company culture and shares his experimental approach in creating better work environments. Chris gives his take on optimizing the hiring process where leaders aim to be fair vs. equitable, and even suggests dumping the weekly “one on one”. He gives insight into whether some leaders have realistic goals or not, and the tendency for some companies to continually “push” too hard after the pandemic. Other highlights include the irreplaceable value of human creativity and authenticity amidst limitations of AI in replicating human nuances such as humor, inclusivity, and emotional connection. Chris Dyer is a recognized company culture and remote work expert. As a former CEO managing thousands of people, his companies were consistently named the best places to work. They have also been named a fastest growing company by Inc Magazine 5 times. Chris routinely consults and speaks, and Inc Magazine ranked him as the #1 Leadership Speaker on Culture. He has three bestselling books: The Power of Company Culture and Remote Work, and has been named #5 on the Leadershum Power List, a Top 50 Voice in Leadership, a Top 40 Change Management Guru, a Top 50 Global Thought Leader, and a Top 50 leadership podcast, Top 50 HR Leaders Shaping the Future of Work, and a Top 101 Global Employee Engagement & Experience Influencers by Inspiring Workplaces and Work Buzz, just this year. As a keynote speaker his goal is to inspire audiences with a straightforward delivery, insightful candor, and engaging humor. His talks leave audiences permanently transformed, offering innovative perspectives on leadership to improve company culture, and empower organizations to discover new successes. Countless companies have unlocked productivity, performance, and profits by implementing his 7 Pillar Strategy. CHAPTERS00:04:11 How should we be working post-pandemic?00:05:56 The pitfalls of AI00:08:21 How will AI affect the quality of work?00:10:06 Are organizations still pushing too hard post-pandemic?00:13:38 Chris’ strategy for better work during the pandemic00:18:16 Fairness vs. equity at work00:20:20 Chris’ example - military spouses00:25:00 Bad leaders vs. good leaders00:28:00 What to do if you’re stuck in a difficult work situation00:32:10 Why listening is so important in company culture00:41:35 Shifting from individual therapy to group therapy00:47:12 Chris’ view on patience in the workplace00:51:20 Chris’ experimental approach to innovation LINKSTogether by Vivek MurthyThe Power of Company Culture: How Any Business Can Build a Culture that Improves Productivity,  Performance and Profits by Chris Dyera...
Author and empathy advocate, Maria Ross busts myths about empathy and clearly defines what it is so that it can be effectively harnessed. In this episode of the Happy Space podcast, Maria Ross, an author and empathy advocate, shares her life-changing experience of surviving a medical trauma, highlighting the role of empathy in her recovery and its influence on her work. Maria discusses her books 'The Empathy Edge' and the soon to be released in fall 2024, 'The Empathy Dilemma,' emphasizing the operationalization of empathy in organizations and its importance in leadership. The conversation touches on common myths about empathy, its innate nature, and methods to cultivate it in business environments and personal lives. Maria and Clare explore the misconceptions surrounding empathy and sensitivity, advocating for a cultural shift towards more human-centered practices in business and personal spheres.Maria Ross is a speaker, facilitator, author, and empathy advocate who believes cash flow, creativity, and compassion are not mutually exclusive. She’s spent decades helping forward-thinking leaders and teams connect and engage through empathy to accelerate growth and impact. Maria has authored multiple books, including her most recent title, “The Empathy Edge: Harnessing the Value of Compassion as an Engine for Success” and also hosts The Empathy Edge podcast. Maria understands the power of empathy on both brand and personal levels: in 2008, shortly after launching her business, she suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm that almost killed her and inspired her memoir, “Rebooting My Brain”. In it, she explores the critical importance of empathy in healing and overcoming adversity. Her next book “The Empathy Dilemma: How Successful Leaders Balance Performance, People, and Personal Boundaries”, arrives on shelves in Fall 2024.CHAPTERS03:06 The medical emergency that started Maria’s journey07:38 Operationalizing empathy in organizations12:17 Busting empathy myths part 117:31 The connection between empathy and highly sensitivity people21:00 Toning your empathy muscle24:04 Busting empathy myths part 226:51 “Empathy circles” and having powerful conversations30:26 Empathy and gender in leadership36:28 Having better experiences surrounding layoffs39:55 Empathy in personal relationshipsLINKSFor active links, visit www.clarekumar.com/podcastThe Empathy Edge: Harnessing the Value of Compassion as an Engine for Success by Maria RossThe Empathy Dilemma: How Successful Leaders Balance Performance, People, and Personal Boundaries by Maria RossRebooting My Brain: How a Freak Aneurysm Reframed My Life by Maria Ross“The Empathy Edge” PodcastTedX Talk: How to Trojan Horse Leaders into Being More Empathetic | Maria RossTalks at Google: Rebooting my Brain | Maria RossClare’s HSP QuizEmpathy Circles WebsiteInstitute for Patient and Family-Centered CareAwakening Compassion at WorkPhil M. JonesExactly What to Say: The Magic Words for Influence and Impact by Phil M. JonesIMAGE CREDITSThe Empathy Edge book - Maria Ross The Empathy Dilemma book - Maria Ross The Empathy Edge Podcast logo - Maria Ross Mark Cuban - WikipediaEmpathy Circles logo - Edwin RutschEmpathy Circles tents - Edwin RutschPhil M. Jone - philmjones.comExactly What to Say book - goodreads.comSatya Nadella - WikipediaOther images - CanvaLearn more about and follow Maria:InstagramYoutubeTwitterLinkedIn😀😃😄😁😆Highly sensitive executive coach and productivity catalyst, Clare Kumar, explores the intersection of productivity and inclusivity continually asking how can we invite the richest contribution from all. She coaches individuals in...
We need to weld DEI into the business, embedding DEI in every relevant aspect that we can. When you think about welding something into the business, it's an incredibly powerful word because you think of welding as kind of these two pieces, the merging or fusion of these two pieces coming together.You’re listening to episode 41 of the Happy Space podcast. Today we’re exploring keeping DEI initiatives strong in challenging times by welding them to your business - with Seramount’s Managing Director Katie Mooney.Seramount's Managing Director, Katie Mooney, discusses how she began her DEI journey, her view on "welding" DEI initiatives to organizations, the value of community, and what it means to “pass the baton” as a DEI practitioner. Managing Director of Seramount, Katie Mooney talks about the importance of sustaining efforts for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the workplace. She shares her journey from a young professional in financial services to becoming deeply involved in DEI work, sparked by a visit to an exhibit called “Struggle for Justice,” as part of Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. She also prefers the term “welding” DEI to organizations as opposed to embedding it and shares practical ways of doing so. With the downturn of the economy and a concerted effort by some to dismantle DEI efforts, these are volatile times, and keeping DEI strong is more important than ever. Katie emphasizes that slow progress is not an option due to the demand for transparency and the need for proactive processes. As DEI practitioners, carrying the baton forward is necessary. I hope you enjoy this illuminating discussion about DEI and where it’s heading next. Katie Oertli Mooney is a Managing Director at Seramount, an organization with over 40 years of experience supporting and advancing women in the workplace. She is an accomplished DEI leader and thought partner with expertise in driving strategy and growth of diversity and inclusion change management, planning and programs. Prior to joining Seramount, she was responsible for overseeing the client delivery, staffing, operations and growth as Vice President of Jennifer Brown Consulting. She was accountable for the firm’s successful consulting project delivery to clients from the Fortune 1000, government agencies, startups, to nonprofits.Before that, she managed the DEI enterprise learning and development strategy at Capital One specializing in differential investment programming to support historically underrepresented talent and communities of color. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the GSBA; the largest LGBTQ and allied chamber of commerce in North America and is supporting the organization in 2020, by advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion for the Board of Directors, for the benefit of GSBA staff, members, partners, and the LGBTQ+ and allied community of Washington State. Katie has a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management with a concentration on Diversity and Inclusion Management from Georgetown University. She is based in Seattle, WA.CHAPTERS02:34   Katie Mooney: A DEI practitioner's journey03:52   The importance of DEI in business strategy08:00   The power of DEI in driving business outcomes12:50   Challenges and opportunities in DEI work15:18   The role of research in DEI work15:57   Welding DEI into business outcomes26:44   The impact of DEI on consumer behavior and attracting talent29:29   The role of DEI in navigating through polarity36:44   Future of DEI workLINKSNational Portrait Gallery - Struggle for JusticeSeramount Websitea...
The other thing that I keep harping on is that remote work doesn't need to mean that it's lonely work. We confuse remote work with isolation a lot because we equate remote work with working from home. Again, because the pandemic forced remote work to be synonymous with working from home. But post-pandemic, there are countless ways to work remotely.You are listening to episode 40 of the Happy Space Podcast. Today we're exploring remote work 2.0, and the opportunity to work at your neighbors with Radious founder, Amina Moreau.Amina Moreau’s startup Radious addresses the challenges of returning to the office by solving for the dreaded commute and providing a network of distributed workspaces in local neighborhoods.Amina Moreau shares the history of Radious, a company focused on creating a network of distributed workspaces in local communities. The idea originated during the 2020 pandemic lockdowns, where the shift to remote work prompted discussions on the challenges of returning to the office, especially with the commute being a significant barrier. Radious aims to provide flexible and cost-effective solutions by offering a network of workspaces in suburban areas, allowing employees to choose locations based on their needs and preferences. The focus is on reducing commute times, fostering collaboration, and providing diverse workspace options for different activities. Amina encourages a nuanced approach to flexible work solutions, tailored to factors such as culture, innovation, and productivity. She highlights the significance of leveraging data and insights to inform workspace decisions and stresses the importance of robust self-reflection.A chronic entrepreneur, Amina's companies are merely symptoms of her obsession with putting something meaningful out into the world. Amina began her career as co-founder and Executive Creative Director at Stillmotion, Inc., a five-time Emmy Award-winning band of filmmakers. Amina became an Adjunct Professor at the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication in 2018, teaching graduate students about the business of storytelling. Radious is her next big thing, an online platform that outfits residential properties with workplace amenities and offers them up for company workdays and team meetings —rented by the day. When she’s not busy building Radious, you’ll find her grunting on the tennis court.Recently ranked #1 in the Pacific Northwest, she continues to play at a high level and finds her sense of peace crushing it at 100 MPH. CHAPTERS01:44 Radious’ different approach to remote work04:21 The philosophy and benefits of working locally07:31 The impact of the commute on work & concern for the environment17:12 Understanding the diversity of work needs and preferences18:49 The importance of data and self-reflection in remote work23:03 Adapting to new workforce demands24:36 The impact of remote work on personal life25:37 Addressing loneliness in the digital age26:40 Remote work doesn’t have to mean lonely work31:08 The role of community in remote work35:55 The evolution of workspace design40:29 The importance of collaboration and transparency in workplace policies42:30 The future of workspacesLINKSRadious.proGoogle, The Verge articleGitlabAtlassianEp. 40 Research...
Rick Brennan, author of “The Atypical Leader”, and champion for the undiagnosed neurodivergent professional shares the secrets of his success in the corporate world, why it’s important to have neurodiversity in the workplace, and how investing in human connection can build your foundation as a leader. Rick Brennan, author of 'The Atypical Leader', shares his journey from being someone unaware of his neurodivergent temperament to recognizing it as a strength in the corporate world. Rick shares how he built relationships and the critical need for a foundation of trust. He believes we need to look beyond diagnosed conditions and to value the “undiagnosed”. Rick explains how leader-employee interactions can be more “real,” and how fun and hardwork can co-exist together, making for the most inclusive team environments. Rick Brennan is a retired executive, leadership consultant, author and podcaster whose battle with learning disabilities, anxiety and a host of other neurodivergent conditions leads him to a developing unique perspective and way of doing business.Following academic struggles in his early years, Rick began to uncover skills emerging from within the very limitations that he was told would be his demise, skills that would ultimately shape his success.He spent 35 years occupying top executive positions in the Canadian healthcare and pharmacy industry and at one time was responsible for up to 4.5 billion in annual sales across 2500 pharmacies.Rick is recognized as an outstanding leader, possessing an out-of-the-box management style and an expert team builder. By the end of his corporate career Rick’s teams would secure some of the highest employee engagement scores in the world.CHAPTERS00:02:01 The journey of an “Atypical Leader”00:04:04 Understanding neurodiversity and rick’s diagnosis00:08:38 Trust and empathy in leadership00:13:19 The importance of neurodiversity in the workplace00:19:58 How to build trust in team environments00:22:49 Adapting to remote work00:26:25 Why humility is important in leadership00:30:50 The challenge of building relationships remotely00:32:24 Why “Done is Better than Perfect”00:37:10 How fun and hardwork can coexist at work00:39:07 Using your intuition and the power of human connection in leadershipLINKSThe Atypical LeaderThe Atypical Leader PodcastIMAGE CREDITSRick Brennan Headshot - Rick BrennanAtypical Leader book - Rick BrennanCardboard pop hat - CanvaPhotobomb graphics - CanvaMan at desk, stressed - CanvaMan standing up, stressed - CanvaGirl working from home - CanvaChecklist - CanvaWoman stressed at desk - CanvaMan, plaid shit - CanvaWoman, yellow sweater - CanvaWoman covering ears - CanvaBoat paddling down river - CanvaWorking at cubicles - CanvaCollege checklist - CanvaMan in front of Ivy League school - CanvaGraduates facing forward - CanvaMan smiling in group - CanvaCoworkers meeting - CanvaSad to happy face - CanvaNegative to positive - CanvaWorkers in a group, busy - CanvaWorkers around a table, busy - CanvaMan realizing his greatness - CanvaEmpowered woman, speaking in front of group - CanvaBridge, panning - CAnvaLeader speaking to group - CanvaBusiness partners out to lunch - CanvaGroup working 1 - CanvaGroup working 2 - CanvaKey note speaker - CanvaMan sitting on the floor - CanvaLearn more about and follow Rick:
Global Workplace Analytics’ Kate Lister shares her insights on the growth of remote work, the challenges leaders face with the abstract nature of managing virtual teams, and why using data-driven research is important instead of relying on gut-based decision-making at work. You're listening to episode 38 of the Happy Space Podcast. Today I speak with Kate Lister, founder of Global Workplace Analytics. You'll enjoy her candid take on the future of work. Kate Lister, president of Global Workplace Analytics, discusses the shift towards remote work and how organizations have been reacting. Kate shares her insights about the importance of moving from gut-based decisions to research-driven strategies and how remote work dramatically increased because of the pandemic. This conversation also highlights the significance of inclusive work practices for employers to retain their workforce. Kate says that it's an era of transformation for businesses, and leaders need to be more intentional, embrace transparency, and grasp the opportunities presented by the changing world of work.Kate is a widely-recognized thought leader on workplace, workforce, technological, and other trends that are changing the who, what, when, where, and how of work.She has been helping public and private sector employers optimize their remote, hybrid, and flexible work strategies for nearly two decades.Kate’s recent client work includes the development and roll-out of hybrid/remote workplace and return-to-office strategies for a global law firm, an automotive industry giant, a regional insurance company, and a behemoth tech firm.Kate produces a wide range of primary and secondary research and is a trusted source of insights about the future of work for news outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and dozens of others. She has appeared on NPR, The Today Show, CNBC Nightly News, Voice of America, Fox News, and dozens of other TV and radio news programs.As a resident of San Diego, Kate charges extra if she has to travel anywhere with temperatures over 75F or less than 65F, humidity greater than 75%, frequent rain, or bugs. She’s willing to make exceptions for Hawaii and New Zealand. She’s over-the-top nuts about dogs and gardening (as long as it’s not too hot out).CHAPTERS00:30 The shift towards remote work04:15 Leaders tendency towards fear and control in remote work07:49 The impact of the pandemic on remote work14:27 How employees experience remote work21:31 The reality of bias in leaders and the false consensus effect26:02 #flexibilityisinclusivity and the risks of ignoring equity in remote work31:24 The importance of data-driven research and avoiding gut decisions34:27 The role of transparency and accountability in leadership35:03 The future of distributed and remote work & where we need to go from hereLINKSGlobal Workplace AnalyticsShamrock OrganizationU.S. General Services AdministrationIMAGE CREDITSKate Lister headshot - Kate ListerGlobal Workplace Analytics logo - Global Workplace AnalyticsCircling the Wagons - CanvaTug of War - CanvaPress Rewind - CanvaFactory Workers - CanvaShamrock graphic - CanvaHybrid Work, group surrounding talking screen -...
MillerKnoll’s Ryan Anderson shares his research and talks about the benefits of respite spaces, place attachment, recognizing your own belonging cues at work, and how being intentional about usable designs makes for the most beautiful workspaces. You're listening to Episode 37 of the Happy Space Podcast. Today, I speak with MillerKnoll’s Global Research lead, Ryan Anderson, about opportunities for organizations to create more inclusive workspaces that support sustainable performance.Ryan Anderson, VP of Global Research and Insights at MillerKnoll, shares his research, deep passion, and appreciation for inclusive design. Ryan suggests that we must dramatically rethink our workspaces in order to better reflect our biological, mental, and emotional needs at work. Ryan talks about the current need for “spaces for everyone”, including those who identify as neurodivergent. In addition, he discusses place attachment, the human tendency to form connections with physical spaces, and the challenges and limited opportunities offered by the practice of hoteling. The discussion underscores Clare’s often made point that if you design for wellbeing performance will flow. Ryan Anderson serves as Vice President of Global Research and Insights at MillerKnoll, renowned workspace and furniture design company. Ryan’s team leads MillerKnoll’s research, shares insights publicly across the world, and provides workplace strategy and design services to MillerKnoll customers.With nearly thirty years of industry experience, Ryan’s work has centered on how the places we inhabit can be better designed to support healthy, inclusive, and productive communities. Ryan hosts MillerKnoll’s “About Place” podcast on the future of the workplace and regularly speaks at public events about MillerKnoll’s historical and current research.He is a member of the SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) Executive Network, an Executive Fellow at Woxsen University in Hyderabad India, and has been featured in a wide variety of publications such as The Wall Street Journal, NPR, the BBC, Fortune, Bloomberg, and beyond.CHAPTERS00:00 Introduction 05:49 The role of belonging cues in inclusive design11:28 The business case for inclusive design19:24 The future of workspace design and commercial real estate22:55 Respite spaces in the workspace26:34 The impact of diversity and culture on workspace design28:49 Sustainable productivity30:40 The role of leadership in promoting wellbeing and preventing burnout35:08 Hotelling and depersonalization of office space40:27 The importance of team-based workplace design42:13 The need for empathy in the workplaceLINKSHerman Miller MillerKnollHarkin Institute for Public PolicyNigel OselandBill StumpfWork Better Save the Planet - Lisa WhitedDr. Greg WellsIMAGE CREDITSRyan Anderson headshot - Ryan AndersonMillerKnoll logo - MillerKnollCar Parked next to bike lanes - Clare KumarNigel Oseland - UCLDr. Greg Wells - LinkedInHealthcare Recliner - HermanMillerHarkin Institute of Public Policy - Harkin InstituteBill Stumpf -
In this solo show, Clare digs into the reasons behind the current tension between leaders and employees. She suggests that it is solvable and offers practical ways to do so.You’re listening to episode 36 of the Happy Space Podcast, and today it’s me Clare Kumar. We’re going to be talking about “solving the stalemate,” looking closely at the tension between leadership and employees. I’ve got some solutions for you.News reports keep informing us that leaders and their teams are at odds on how best to get work done. Executives are issuing mandates to return to the office while employees have redefined their ideal way of working and it includes much less or even no time in the office. This tension reveals itself as employees quit, quietly or otherwise. Clare digs into both sides to understand the cause of the standoff. She offers practical ways to bridge the gap such as ten ways leaders can create more effective teams and introduces the new Happy Space® Work Style Profile™ to help workers articulate what conditions invite their best performance. The profile is part of the Happy Space® Total Team Work™ program to help leaders and their teams co-create their future of work.Productivity catalyst, highly sensitive executive coach, and international speaker Clare Kumar explores the intersection of productivity and inclusivity. She inspires individuals to design for well-being and cultivate sustainable performance while avoiding exhaustion and burnout. She encourages leaders to co-create the future of work with their teams all while respecting neurodiversity and humanity. This is a topic Clare explores with innovators here as the host of the Happy Space Podcast.Clare draws on a diverse corporate career that took her from Toronto to Tokyo and Montreal, with equal experience as an award-winning entrepreneur. She is a sought-after media contributor to news and lifestyle shows including the Huffington Post, Fast Company, the Globe and Mail, CBC Radio, The Social, and the Marilyn Denis Show. Whether speaking to one person or thousands, Clare loves inspiring massive shifts by inviting you to pay attention to little things that make a big difference.CHAPTERS00:01:40 Tension between Leaders and Employees00:04:09 In case we haven’t met before…00:05:47 Productivity is personal and flexibility is inclusivity00:07:27 Remote vs. in-person work00:08:37 Leaders’ attitudes towards control and management00:13:47 What employees are really thinking00:15:05 The world has gone through significant challenges00:16:40 Building a culture in a world of “black Zoom squares”00:20:42 10 ways leaders can create more effective teams00:32:37 Taking the Happy Space® Work Style™ Profile00:35:07 Sharing your profile with others & the value of disclosure00:38:54 Happy Space® Total Team Work™ Program00:43:06 Where to find Total Team Work™ program, Work Style profile, and links.LINKSFor active links, visit www.clarekumar.com/podcastClare’s blog post - DEI Is Not Dead SHRM Inclusion ConferenceAmy EdmondsonWork Style ProfileTotal Team WorkRedesigning Work for People and the Planet - with Lisa Whiteda...
Exploring the concept of I D E A in workplaces, that exclusion has a cost, and how one small change can make a world of difference and bring us closer to more inclusive businesses with IDEA Thought Leader, Michael Bach. You’re listening to episode 35 of the Happy Space Podcast. Today we’re exploring the idea that I D E A is a business imperative with thought leader and fellow word nerd, Michael Bach. Veteran advocate Michael Bach shares his insights on I D E A -  inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility, and why what we call it matters less than the actions we take. Not only have we been ineffective, for example, we’ve had years of antibias training that hasn’t worked, many actions can be considered performative. Michael inspires us to take bolder steps to make a lasting difference.Michael Bach is a nationally and internationally recognized thought leader and subject matter expert in the fields of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. He founded the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI), CCDI Consulting and Pride at Work Canada.Prior to taking on this role, he was the national leader for diversity, equity, and inclusion for KPMG Canada. Additionally, Michael spent 2½ years as Deputy Chief Diversity Officer for KPMG International.Most recently, in 2023, he was named as one of the 10 Most Influential DE&I Leaders Revamping The Future by CIO Views Magazine.His 2020 book Birds of All Feathers: Doing Diversity and Inclusion Right is a Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and Amazon bestseller, and recipient of the silver 2020 Nautilus Book Award in the category of Rising to the Moment, and a finalist in the Legacy Nonfiction category for the American Bookfest's Best Book Awards. His new book Alphabet Soup: The Essential Guide to LGBTQ2+ Inclusion at Work was released in March of 2022 and is a Toronto Star bestseller and finalist in the General Nonfiction category for the American Bookfest's Best Book Awards.He lives between Toronto and Palm Springs with his husband Mike, and their two fur-babies Sasha and Pepper.CHAPTERS00:06:13 - The concept behind IDEA00:14:00 Avoiding the cost of exclusion00:18:05 How research has played a role in diversity/inclusion00:22:00 How other businesses have been practicing inclusion00:31:40 The rise of flexible and remote workplaces00:33:51 Where are we now? + Land acknowledgement as a performative action00:39:26 What action can you take now?LINKS2007 Catalyst Census Research of Women Board DirectorsAccenture - Public Accountability for Leadership diversity - SHRM DEI InitiativesSHRM Inclusion 2024Salesforce Michael Bach WebsiteIMAGE CREDITS Group working at table - CanvaWomen standing in group together - CanvaMichael Bach headshot - Michael BachCatalyst logo - Catalyst.orgAccenture logo - Accenture.comGroup of diverse individuals - CanvaPride parade street -...
Exploring how to change the way we think about business and work to respect both people and the planet, with workplace expert and award-winning author Lisa Whited.With the planet on fire and burnout an epidemic, we need to do things differently. Yet, until we reach the tipping point for social change, if only 8% of people can be counted on to do the “right thing”, what can we do to close the gap? Workplace expert Lisa Whited shares practical actions leaders can take to create more inclusive ways of working and treat resources with greater respect. With her holistic outlook on work, Lisa believes that when work is better, our world is better. Lisa Whited is an award-winning author and workplace expert. Her book, “Work Better. Save the Planet”, is a guide for building employee engagement while positively impacting climate change. Lisa is also an advocate for improving work and the workplace for people with invisible disabilities. Being the granddaughter of a potato farmer and the daughter of an engineer informs her work ethic and love of solving problems. CHAPTERS00:03:31 Drawing hope00:06:59 Patagonia and Conscious Capitalism00:12:04 The circular economy00:17:44 Fear of managing expectation and a path forward00:21:13 Work Style Profile00:24:07 The challenge of managing the abstract00:28:18 Sprinkle rest and leisure throughout the day00:35:00 AsoebiLINKSFor active links, visit www.clarekumar.com/podcastEpisode 16 – Still in Search of Excellence – with Tom PetersEpisode 31 – Make Your Work-life Bloom – with Dan PontefractHow to Achieve Sustainable Remote Work | The New Yorker by Cal NewportDRiVE: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel PinkJohn MackeyRaj SisodiaEileen Fisher, clothing brandEILEEN FISHER Renew - lightly used clothingWaste No MoreBundles, clothing brandCommunity: The Structure of Belonging - Kindle edition by Block, Peter. Politics & Social Sciences Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.Work Style ProfileAtomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James ClearDeep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal NewportOutlive: The Science and Art of Longevity by Bill Gifford and Peter AttiaIMAGE CREDITS Lisa Whited Headshot - Lisa WhitedLisa and Family wearing their Asoebi - Lisa WhitedDRiVE: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink - GoodreadsGirl eating pizza - CanvaWoman trying on clothes - CanvaRotating earth graphic - CanvaWoman browsing used clothes - CanvaTeen browsing clothes on phone - CanvaWoman donating clothes - CanvaPerson tossing bottle from car - CanvaWoman corporate leader - CanvaGroup of young workers - CanvaFemale leader interacting with group - CanvaBoy looking at phone - CanvaWoman looking at phone - CanvaMan sitting, isolated - CanvaForest fire, aerial view - CanvaMelted polar ice caps - CanvaLearn more and follow Lisa on:LinkedInWebsite😀😃😄😁😆Highly sensitive executive coach and productivity catalyst, Clare Kumar, explores the intersection of productivity and inclusivity continually asking how can we invite the richest contribution from all. She coaches individuals in sidestepping burnout and cultivating sustainable performance, and inspires leaders to design inclusive performance thereby inviting teams to reach their full potential. As a speaker, Clare mic-drops “thought balms” in keynotes and workshops, whether virtual or in-person. She invites connection through her online community committed to designing sustainable and inclusive performance, the Happy Space Pod. Why? Because everyone
We have a declared global intent to be more inclusive of those with disabilities as expressed in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Despite being created in 2006 and with 183 countries on board, there is much work to do. Furthering this work is my guest today, Denis Boudreau. Find out how Denis connected his own feelings of being marginalized as a young boy to empathy and compassion for the disabled community and why there is such a strong business case to create more inclusive organizations. He also shares his perspective on what is getting in the way of leaders from taking action and what to do about it.Denis Boudreau has been bringing his talent to inclusive design in the online world since the early 2000s. Today he is a consultant, trainer, coach and speaker helping organizations create truly inclusive digital experiences for everyone, especially those who are marginalized. Denis founded Inklusiv Communication to work with leaders who want to develop inclusive communication skills online or from the stage, and remove barriers for the up to 40% of the population who struggle with technology. CHAPTERS00:03:06 What brought Denis to what he does now00:06:10 Acts of compassion for others00:15:08 UN Convention for Rights with People with Disabilities00:21:53 Why businesses should consider the disabled00:28:14 What is holding leaders back?00:31:51 Asking others what they need to work best00:37:33 Is it safe to speak up?00:39:26 Navigating around our disabilities00:42:35 Denis’ 15 KeysLINKSFor active links, visit www.clarekumar.com/podcastOntario ADAAccessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities ActThe Americans with Disabilities ActAccessible Canada ActHow Can a Watermark be a Human Rights Issue?Happy Space Work Style ProfileEpisode 30 – Creating a Speak-Up Culture – with Stephen ShedletskyUnlock your 15 keys to a diverse and empowered workplaceThe Inclusive Speaker: How to Truly Connect With All of Your Audience Without Leaving Anyone BehindIMAGE CREDITS (see images on Youtube video)A blind person using a computer - creditColorblind test - creditPolice car chase - creditMap of Quebec - credit#weare22percent - credit Clare KumarGroup of disabled people - creditSomeone in a wheelchair grocery shopping - creditSomeone talking to HR - creditASK Model - creditLearn more about and follow Denis:InstagramTwittera...
If we want our world to be more inclusive, we need to pay close attention to accessibility - the ease with which individuals can participate - at work, at home, and in daily life. Disability consultant Marj Aunos shares her highly relevant personal and professional lived experience. We explore what compelled Marj to dedicate her life to supporting adults with intellectual disabilities at a tender 20 years old, what motivated her when she became a paraplegic as a single mom to her 16-month-old son, and how to be a better ally to those who have accessibility challenges.Marjorie Aunos, Ph.D. is a researcher, speaker, and consultant on accessibility and inclusion. She teaches organizations and educators to solution-find and build environments that are accessible, inclusive, and welcoming to families with disabilities. Marjorie is an internationally award-winning speaker, author of Mom on Wheels: The Power of Purpose as a Paraplegic Parent and contributing author to We Got This: Essays By Disabled Parents. Her TEDx talk “What we can learn from disabled parents” has over 150,000 views. CHAPTERS00:03:20   Marjorie's journey00:08:00   Building support networks00:14:40   An invitation for greater empathy00:16:47   Purpose from a young age00:21:00   What has shifted in recent years?00:24:30   Visible vs. invisible challenges00:27:55   How and when to help00:30:14   Do we treat those with disabilities differently?00:34:00   Acknowledge the disabled as experts LINKSFyre FestivalBenny & Joon (1993)UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with DisabilitiesHow Can a Watermark be a Human Rights Matter?Hidden DisabilitiesRick Hansen FoundationHold That Door…! Opportunities to Improve Accessibility are Closer Than You ThinkRemembering Air India Flight 182What we can learn from parents with disabilities | Marjorie Aunos | TEDxWesternU IMAGE CREDITS (see images on Youtube video)Marjorie and Thomas - credit Marjorie AunosAccessible space - Envato ElementsOld wheelchair symbol - Wiki CommonsSunflower lanyard - credit Hidden DisabilitiesRamps in public places - CanvaNew wheelchair symbol - Wiki Commons#dontpushmearound - credit Clare Kumar Learn more about and follow Marjorie:FacebookTwitterLinkedIna...
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