It can be difficult to support coworkers as they go through hard times. Liesel Mertes cultivates empathy at work as guests share stories of how real-life struggle affected the workplace. Episodes close with actionable tips to make you a better manager, coworker, and friend.
Working While Black: Part 1, To Be Us Productions
This is the first in a two-part series about the challenge of working in a world where whiteness is supreme. And if you don’t know what that means, then this episode is probably one that you especially need to hear. My guests, Dr. Cedrick Smith and Tosca Davis, talk about their award-winning documentary film, To Be Us: To Work, and the opposition that Black professionals face in the workplace.
A New Normal: Char Simpson on life after the death of her soulmate
Char Simpson is my guest. To her IG followers, she is known as the Traveling Black Widow, an older, beautiful Black woman traveling the world. Char is classy with a little hint of sassy. And in this episode, she is going deep, telling us about the love of her life, her soulmate, husband, and travel partner, Roy: what she loved about him and what is was like to walk with him through cancer, to bury him, and to live, fully, a life she never would have chosen for herself.
Dead bunnies, COVID meltdowns, and other empathy failures: personal reflections from Liesel Mertes
I teach empathy because it matters, NOT because I am perfect at it. You will make mistakes; you will miss people. I talk about some of my own “empathy misses” in this episode: How I went full-on Fix-It Frank when Bluebell the bunny was killed… How Buck-Up Bobby reared his disapproving head when my son was sent home with a (potential) COVID-diagnosis… I offer practical tips to help you interrogate your experience and build empathy with some personal stories of empathy fails.
He is a Gift and Every Day is Enough: Cerebral Palsy
In 21st century America, there is a sort of triumphalism to the birth announcement. We cheer on a new life and assume that a healthy, “normal” baby will arrive nine months later.
But the story often diverges, taking a detour through the NICU and into uncertain terrain. In this episode of the Handle with Care podcast, Peter Kline and Janice McRandal share about their son, Leo, who has cerebral palsy.
“So, no babies?”: Megan Flinn on survival and goodness
Motherhood is messily bound up in our concept of what it means to be female in the world. This podcast episode probes into loss and femininity and post-traumatic growth. Megan Flinn lost her life-long hope of being a biological mother when her uterus was unexpectedly removed during surgery. Her deep disappointment profoundly impacts her work as a doctoral candidate, counselor, and non-profit founder. If you experienced (or know someone who has) unexpected loss, this episode is for you.
My Son has an Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Interview with Chrissy Brack
Did you know that 1 in every 54 children has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? This means that you probably know a parent of a child with ASD. What are the unique challenges that they face within their parenting journey? Chrissy Brack talks about her son Joe: his needs, his gifts, and the way that parenting him has changed (and bettered) her as a person. She also shares how parenting a child with special needs has particularly equipped her to weather the uncertainty of 2020.
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Honest, real and hopeful
This is a great podcast! Honest and open conversation with people going through
Life’s challenges and losses. It will help you feel that you are not alone, that there is hope and how to be there for someone you know who is going through grief and loss. Definitely worth a listen.