Kristen Harcourt is an emotional intelligence expert, keynote speaker, executive coach and trainer who’s on a mission to humanize work and transform leaders. She interviews progressive CEOs, strategic HR leaders and forward-thinking experts who are passionate about leadership development and creating positive work cultures. You will leave these conversations with fresh ideas, new perspectives, actionable ways to grow as a leader and tons of inspiration ⇢ Learn more at www.kristenharcourt.com
How To Navigate Good Awkward to Grow Purposefully with Henna Pryor
When you feel awkward, do you allow it to keep you stuck or to grow? The difference between good and bad awkward is that good awkward allows you to grow when experiencing uncertainty. To start navigating the good awkward, it’s important to understand how you experience it and reframe its role by naming it.
In this episode of the Inspirational Leadership podcast, I speak with Henna Pryor, a highly sought-after Workplace Performance Expert and an award-winning 2x TEDx and global keynote speaker, virtual presenter, team facilitator, and professional executive coach. Her clients call her their “secret weapon for impossible change,” an honor she wears proudly. She’s also a lifelong learner – she’s been studying human behavior and performance for over 2 decades and loves to bring a fresh energy to business practices and conversations. Her highly anticipated book, Good Awkward, publishes in September and is available for pre-order now.
Listen in to learn the importance of owning awkwardness as an individual and normalizing awkward feelings as a team to create deeper connections. You will also learn how to create intentional moments as a leader to rebuild social skills for the desired communication culture in your organization.
How to navigate good awkward to grow when experiencing uncertainty.
The benefits of reframing the role of awkwardness in your life and naming it in those moments.
How expressing awkwardness implies confidence and authenticity in the workplace.
The importance of owning awkwardness as an individual and normalizing awkward feelings as a team.
“Confident people feel awkward just as much if not more than people who don’t describe themselves as confident because to avoid awkwardness implies avoiding uncertainty, which is never happening”- Henna [16:19]
“When a confident person expresses awkward discomfort, it actually comes across as more confident because their lack of perfection puts other people at ease.”- Henna [16:55]
⇢ Get full show notes and more information here: https://bit.ly/HennaPryor
Roadmap to Trauma-Informed Leadership with Carolyn Swora
Do you utilize your head, heart, and body as centers of intelligence when showing up as a leader? How do you allow people to show up? Do you create safe spaces where people can evolve despite their traumas?
In this episode of the Inspirational Leadership podcast, I speak with Carolyn Swora, a certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, as well as a Trauma-Informed Leadership Consultant. She works with small, medium and large organizations across Canada and the United States on becoming more compassionate, human and empathetic places for members of staff. Carolyn uses the Enneagram Personality System to help clients deepen self- awareness into their behavioral patterns. She has a Master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and has studied Resilience and Workplace Culture Transformation. She has also developed her own transformational leadership development methodologies, which she breaks down in her second book Evolve: The Path to Trauma-Informed Leadership.
Listen in to learn about the three centers of intelligence and the importance of recognizing your dominant one as a leader. You will also learn about three types of traumas and how to be trauma-informed as a leader.
The head, heart, and body centers of intelligence and how to recognize your dominant one.
How to be a trauma-informed leader by recognizing how to create a safe space for people to evolve.
How to invest in self-awareness, self-regulation, and co-regulation practices to become an intentional leader.
How to embody your imperfections to allow authenticity to show up and be in a space of receiving.
“When we talk about being trauma-informed, it’s about being mindful of your own actions, how you’re showing up, and creating a space for others to be able to show up so they feel seen, heard, and valued.”- Carolyn [17:36]
“Our intention is always going to be different than our desired impact.”- Carolyn [26:08]
“The more power and privilege you have (positional or not), the more accountability you have to close this gap and welcome people into the discussion, an understanding, or sharing so that both experiences can be valued.”- Carolyn [30:55]
⇢ Get full show notes and more information here: https://bit.ly/PodcastCarolynSwora
Why I Stopped Drinking Alcohol
It’s been over two years now since I stopped drinking alcohol, and I’m loving it and don’t miss it at all! Are you, like me, curious about your relationship with alcohol, or are you recognizing how your unconscious choices are stopping you from showing up as the best version of yourself?
In this solo episode of the Inspirational Leadership podcast, I share what inspired me to quit alcohol, how I navigated the journey, and the lessons I’ve learned so far. I also explain the never-ending benefits of quitting alcohol and how you can approach this journey.
Listen in to learn why you need to ask yourself questions about the role of numbing habits in your life and how your life and purpose can change if you chose to quit.
How not experiencing hangovers can shift your life and how you relate to others.
How quitting a numbing habit can enable you to build healthier habits and stay committed.
How you get curious and notice things about yourself when you quit numbing habits.
How changing your relationship with alcohol will enable you to feel a deeper connection with yourself and others and show up for your purpose.
How your unconscious choices stop you from being who you want to be and where you want to be in this world.
“This is an invitation to be able to take a step back and ask yourself some questions and see if there are some new conscious choices you might want to make or an opportunity to perhaps shift your current relationship.”- Kristen [20:32]
“It’s about recognizing where you might be making some unconscious choices that are not serving you and not getting you to where you want to be and who you want to be in the world.”- Kristen [22:42]
⇢ Let's connect! I love hearing from my community. Learn more about my programs and services at www.kristenharcourt.com
How To Build Relationships with Compassionate Accountability - Marc Lesser
What steps are you taking to build your emotional intelligence and mindfulness as a leader? An inspirational and mindful leader is aware of their own feelings and their teams’ feelings and how they impact their effectiveness. To become this leader, you must intentionally build your relationships by being accountable and leading with compassion.
In this episode of the Inspirational Leadership podcast, I speak with Marc Lesser, a CEO, executive coach, and Zen teacher known for his engaging, experiential presentations that integrate mindfulness and emotional intelligence practices and training. Before his business and coaching career, Marc was a resident of the San Francisco Zen Center for ten years, and director of Tassajara, Zen Mountain Center, the first Zen monastery in the Western world. He helped develop the world-renowned Search Inside Yourself program within Google – a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence training for leaders which teaches the art of integrating mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and business savvy for creating great corporate cultures and a better world.
Listen in to learn how to become a better leader by building trust and connection with your team to make it easier to have difficult conversations. You will also learn the importance of bringing awareness and curiosity to your feelings and other people’s feelings to become better at solving conflict.
How to start appreciating your sacredness to become a better human and leader.
How to understand other people’s perspectives and our shared humanity with the 3-minute listening exercise.
How to build trust and connection with your team to make it easier to have difficult conversations.
How to become more aware of your patterns with conflict to notice when you overreact or underreact.
How to create psychological safety in the workplace by bringing your vulnerability.
“It takes some looking inward and some stopping in order to become aware of those beliefs we have beneath the surface.”- Marc [12:08]
“Beginning an advanced lesson in working with conflict is separating the impact that someone’s words or actions have on us and being curious about their motivation or intention.”- Marc [25:51]
⇢ Get full show notes and more information here: https://bit.ly/PodcastMarcLesser
Workhuman: A Transformative HR Conference
Did you attend this year’s Workhuman conference? If yes, what was your experience, and what were your major takeaways? With many speakers and topics ranging from DEIB to pivoting to workplace relationships, Workhuman Live was inspiring, thought-provoking and empowering.
In this episode of the Inspirational Leadership podcast, I speak with Jackye Clayton and Katee Van Horn. They’re two diversity, equity, & inclusion peeps who love both what they have in common and what makes them different. During the day, they use their superpowers to block bias and end systemic racism within companies and create equitable places to work. They launched the Inclusive AF Podcast in 2020, which is a place where you get to hear real, authentic, and sometimes tough discussions on issues that are important to various communities.
Listen in to learn the power of being a professional troublemaker who advocates for others by asking tough questions and speaking up. You will also learn how giving the right energy and interactions can improve innovation in the workplace.
The importance of being constantly ready for change in the workforce and in your career.
How to advocate by asking tough questions and speaking up to give others the space to do the same.
The importance of relational intelligence and energy in creating an innovation-driven and better workplace.
The need to develop human skills that allow you to gauge what people need and how to best help them.
How to maintain individual authenticity in the workplace while still encouraging innovation.
“Change management isn’t something outside of your natural day job; change is just something that is always constant and happening.”- Katee Van Horn [04:10]
“Being the professional troublemaker is about you being part of the change; it’s about you being the change you want to see in the world.”- Kristen [20:06]
⇢ Get full show notes and more information here: https://bit.ly/Workhumanpodcast
The Critical Role of Conscious Leadership
Who do you want to be as a leader, and how do you want to engage with your team? Conscious leadership is about recognizing your below-the-line thinking and habits and creating new habits that allow you to lead from above-the-line and teach your team members the same patterns.
In this solo episode of the Inspirational Leadership podcast, I discuss the critical role of conscious leadership in creating high-performing teams and organizations. Conscious leadership is about showing up in the world from a place of responding instead of from a place of reactivity.
Listen in to learn the difference between the below-the-line victim mentality and the above-the line creator mentality and how to develop the latter.
The seriousness of below-the-line versus the playfulness of above-the-line leadership.
How leading above the line gives you the ability to notice patterns and create new habits.
The learning and growth that occur when you engage in healthy communication with others.
How to commit to creating new habits that lead to deeper relationships and creative problem-solving with conscious leadership.
“Conscious leadership is the process by which a leader becomes radically responsible, self-aware, and focuses on building a culture of “we” rather than a culture of “me.”- Kristen [00:47]
“The more you can neutrally non-judgmentally notice what you’re feeling, the more you can give space for that.”- Kristen [12:23]
⇢ Let's connect! I love hearing from my community. Learn more about my programs and services at www.kristenharcourt.com
A Wellspring of Inspiration
Kirsten's podcast lives up to its name as episode after episode is loaded with inspiration. Kirsten sets the tone for a freeflowing conversation with her esteemed guests. I enjoy listening to and learning from the diversity of her topics.
As someone that has a passion for building business and enabling others, a great listen of examples, inspiration, and ideas to support my personal and professional journey.
This is an interesting and highly valuable podcast, chock full of knowledge and great insight!