Happy Space Podcast with Clare Kumar

Clare Kumar

🙂 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. 🙂 If you or someone you know will enjoy exploring this topic with a supportive community, check out or share https://www.HappySpacePod.com 🙂 If you're wondering if you might be an HSP, take the HSP quiz at https://clarekumar.com/hsp-quiz/ 🙂 sign up for Clare's the Happy Space "museletter" - a monthly email full of good stuff about productivity & inclusivity 🙂 Find out more about your host at https://clarekumar.com/ read less
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Welcome to Your Happy Space!
15-03-2022
Welcome to Your Happy Space!
Did you know Highly Sensitive People (or HSPs) do better than average on performance reviews? Did you know we are also the first to burn out? Being presented with the choices of “burn out” or “opt out” are no choices at all. I know because that was me in the corporate world, and many other HSPs I know. I also know, it doesn’t have to be that way. I’m Clare Kumar, host of the Happy Space TM Pod. Welcome my fellow HSPs! For us, the world can be a noisy, bright, irritating and downright overwhelming place. And this can get in the way of us giving our gifts to the world. But we don't have to live this way!😀😃😄😁😆This podcast is hosted by Clare Kumar. Productivity catalyst, highly sensitive executive coach, and speaker, Clare Kumar cultivates sustainable performance in busy professionals so they can keep making rich contributions in all areas of life and achieve greater fulfillment. She inspires leaders, professionals, employees and entrepreneurs to respect humanity and boost performance through marrying productivity and pleasure. After all, why shouldn’t you have fun while getting things done?   Ready to learn more? Contact her here!😀😃😄😁😆Love what you are hearing in the Happy Space Podcast?  I'd love an honest review.  Don't forget to tell your friends to listen as well!Want to learn more about me and/or my guests?  Follow me on my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook! And don't forget, Everyone (including YOU) deserves a happy spaceSong Credit: Music by Wataboi from PixabayEpisodes 1-6 were produced by Crackers In Soup.
The Secret Superpowers of Highly Sensitive People - with host Clare Kumar
02-04-2022
The Secret Superpowers of Highly Sensitive People - with host Clare Kumar
Thank you for joining me on my very first episode of Happy Space Podcast. I am SO GLAD you are here. My mission is to inspire a more inclusive world in which highly sensitive people (HSPs) thrive through both HSP empowerment and the invitation to design spaces, cultures, products, and services with sensitivity in mind.I invite you to listen as I speak about:00:01:46 - Why I created this podcast00:03:12 - Learning About Highly Sensitive People 00:04:30 - My Background00:05:29 - Birkenstock and Pantyhose 00:07:41 - Hustle Culture00:11:27 - HSP Trait Elements00:13:56 - Marginalized to Humanized00:14:24 - Mission of the Podcast00:16:42 - Assault on our senses00:21:12 - Executive Coach Training00:25:59 - Upcoming Guests00:29:33 - Understanding Key Elements in HSP TraitsLINKSI'll Tumble For Ya by Culture ClubThe Highly Sensitive Person by Dr. Elaine AronHighly Sensitive Person QuizNAPO Stand Out PodcastNeural predictors of cognitive-behavior therapy outcome in anxiety-related disordersThe Surprising Science of How Feelings Help You Think36 Questions that Lead to LoveSensitive and In LoveSensitive: The Untold Story Atlas of the Heart by Brene BrownEmotional: How Feelings Shape Our Thinking by Leonard Mlodinow😀😃😄😁😆This podcast is hosted by Clare Kumar. As a productivity catalyst, highly sensitive executive coach, and speaker, Clare cultivates sustainable performance in busy professionals so they can keep making rich contributions in all areas of life and achieve greater fulfillment. She inspires leaders, professionals, employees, and entrepreneurs to respect humanity and boost performance through marrying productivity and pleasure. After all, why shouldn’t you have fun while getting things done? If you're a visual learner, please watch this episode on YouTube.  Ready to learn more? Contact Clare
How to Design with Sensitivity in Mind - with HOK's Kay Sargent and Mary Kate Cassidy
03-04-2022
How to Design with Sensitivity in Mind - with HOK's Kay Sargent and Mary Kate Cassidy
Have you ever noticed the most amazing things happen when one is posed with a simple innocent question? That is how it started for Kay Sargent, a recognized expert on workplace design and strategy issues. She is an award-winning designer who has worked with several Fortune 500 companies to optimize their global real estate portfolios and create innovative work environments. Kay is currently a director of HOK’s Work Place teamMary Kate Cassidy's career focus was to either become an architect interior designer or a special ed teacher. She chose the former and is now a senior designer at HOK focusing on corporate workplace design. In her graduate studies, she researched neurodiversity and its relationship to workplace design. I invite you to listen and learn as we speak about:00:04:46 - How Mary Kate and Kay got into neurodivergent design00:05:47 - Designing for Adults on Autistic Spectrum 00:07:07 - What is neurodivergent00:09:23 - Value in belonging00:09:53 - Legally designing for inclusivity 00:12:28 - Spectrum of Sensitivity 00:13:00 - The differences between noise and sound00:14:30 - Sensory Intelligence00:17:32 - Six modalities of work types00:19:32 - Rest at the workplace00:21:05 - Human Sustainability and well-being00:22:45 - Work like athletes 00:25:00 - Onboarding process00:28:45 - Being in touch with their needs00:30:07 - Breaking up tasks during the day00:33:25 - Principles and Elements of DesignLINKSThe Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman"Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance," Verna MyersAmericans with Disability ActLearn more about and follow HOK:https://mobile.twitter.com/HOKNetworkhttps://www.facebook.com/HOKNetwork/https://www.instagram.com/hoknetworkhttps://www.youtube.com/user/hoknetwork😀😃😄😁😆This podcast is hosted by Clare Kumar. As a productivity catalyst, highly sensitive executive coach, and speaker, Clare cultivates sustainable performance in busy professionals so they can keep making rich contributions in all areas of life and achieve greater fulfillment. She inspires leaders, professionals, employees, and entrepreneurs to respect humanity and boost performance through marrying productivity and pleasure. After all, why shouldn’t you have fun while getting things done? If you're a visual learner, please watch this episode on YouTube.  Ready to learn more? Contact Clare here!😀😃😄😁😆Clare invites you to leave a review and a five-star rating wherever you listen to this podcast!  Don't forget to tell your friends to listen as well!Want to learn
Hair Salon Gives Clients the Silent Treatment - with Samantha James Hair Design
04-04-2022
Hair Salon Gives Clients the Silent Treatment - with Samantha James Hair Design
When you go to a salon for services, do you feel like there is an expectation for conversation? If so, what if you are a person who does not enjoy idle chit-chat? Today, I will be speaking with Samantha Lacoste and James Ouellette who believe that everyone deserves a safe space. Even people who prefer quiet over talking. Samantha and James are co-owners of Samantha James Hair Design, a trendy hair salon in the heart of St. Boniface, Winnipeg that allows you to get the silent treatment if you are so inclined.I invite you to listen and learn as we speak about:00:05:15 - Creating the Silent Service00:06:41 - What is a Silent Service 00:07:43 - Judgement free experiences00:08:35 - Peaceful moments00:10:00 - Client care00:11:08 - Enjoying Silence00:13:10 - Invitation to Just Be00:14:50 - Psychologically safe places00:15:30 - Impact on clients00:18:00 - Public centered positions00:19:10 - First Canadian Salon to offer Silent Service00:20:05 - Implementing Silent Service00:22:54 - Practicing how to talk to people00:25:25 - Creating a safe space for clientsLINKSSunflower LanyardsQuiet by Susan CainHeart by Imogen Brough Highly Sensitive Extroverts - Bright Sparks AzariasLearn more about and follow Samantha James:https://www.instagram.com/sjhairdesign/😀😃😄😁😆This podcast is hosted by Clare Kumar. As a productivity catalyst, highly sensitive executive coach, and speaker, Clare cultivates sustainable performance in busy professionals so they can keep making rich contributions in all areas of life and achieve greater fulfillment. She inspires leaders, professionals, employees, and entrepreneurs to respect humanity and boost performance through marrying productivity and pleasure. After all, why shouldn’t you have fun while getting things done? If you're a visual learner, please watch this episode on YouTube.  Ready to learn more? Contact Clare here!😀😃😄😁😆Clare invites you to leave a review and a five-star rating wherever you listen to this podcast!  Don't forget to tell your friends to listen as well!Want to learn more about Clare and/or her guests?  Follow her on Instagram and Twitter. And don't forget, everyone (including YOU) deserves a happy space. 😊Song Credit: Cali by Wataboi from Pixabay
Follow Your Intuition as an HSP - with Sunil Godse
18-04-2022
Follow Your Intuition as an HSP - with Sunil Godse
One of my favorite things about creating the Happy Space Podcast has been meeting people who have figured out ways to be successful in integrating their HSP traits into their lives. Today, we speak about intuition with intuition expert and fellow HSP, Sunil Godse. After realizing the reason why businesses fail to create a trusted brand is that they ignore their intuition, Sunil developed a process called Intuitive Branding. This process helps businesses leverage the power of intuition to create trusted brands that eliminate their competition in under 14 seconds.  With his experience implementing intuitive branding for a number of his clients that have had their businesses go from 6 to 7 figures in revenues and being hired by major companies such as Citibank, SAP, Rogers Wireless, and Western Digital, and publishing his book Gut!; Sunil's advice works.I invite you to listen and learn as we speak about:00:05:07 Am I weird? Why do I focus like this?00:06:28 How does sensitivity influence your work?00:08:25 Why mirror neurons matter00:09:47 How to grow in stressful situations00:11:56 Trust your intuition with signals00:14:00 What kind of signals to look for00:16:20 Goosebumps00:19:20 Red flags00:22:40 Intuitive mediums00:24:08 Four different types of intuition00:31:00 Knowing your whyLINKSUnlocking Us - Brene Brown Podcast Babies are born with 'Intuitive Knowledge' - Science DailyJohn RothschildBOOKSWebsite: https://www.sunilgodse.com/books/Order in the USOrder in the UKOrder in CanadaLearn more about and follow Sunil Godse:Website: https://www.sunilgodse.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sunilgodse/Twitter: https://twitter.com/sunilgodseFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/intuitivebranding101Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/intuitivebranding101/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYnuPjpIjX90q2wuSMe9YKwPodcast:
There are No Ambiverts - with Jenn Turnham
02-05-2022
There are No Ambiverts - with Jenn Turnham
One might assume that all Highly Sensitive People are introverts. In fact, only 70% of HSPs have this personality type. Years ago, I took a test to find out where I was on the continuum and was found to be in the middle, with a small shift towards extroversion. For years I have confidently referred to myself as an ambivert. I figured the remaining 30% would be split between extroverts and ambiverts. Today, my guest threw that whole revelation out of the window. I must stand fully in my extroversion. Jenn Turnham is on a mission to educate the world about the unique, brilliant, and often misunderstood, sub-section of the population known as Highly Sensitive Extroverts (HSP-Es), a group she believes possesses unique gifts that are in short supply in today’s world, and has powerful voices that need to be heard, With her background in applied psychology (B. Psych, BWRT (Reg.), Jenn has been using her knowledge, training, and experience in helping people use the power of their minds to overcome challenges since 2008.  She now focuses on helping HSP-E women thrive in a world that currently doesn’t quite understand them. I invite you to listen to find out more about:00:04:52 What is a highly sensitive person extrovert00:06:04 Traits of HSP introverts 00:06:48 Traits of HSP extroverts00:08:23 Differences between introverts and extroverts00:14:14 Introvert Men00:18:07 HSP Extrovert Women00:20:56 Overstimulation 00:25:27 Learning boundaries00:27:17 Industrial Design00:33:25 HSP Anthem00:39:19 Ambiverts don't existLINKS15-20% of the population are thought to be highly sensitive (according to HSP expert Dr. Elaine Aron), and around 20% of all people tend towards introversionDr. Elaine AronAzarias Restaurant Dr. Kristin NeffHeart by Imogen BroughAmélieBOOKSQuiet by Susan CainOrder in the USOrder in the UKOrder in CanadaLearn more about and follow Jenn Turnham:Website: https://jennturnham.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennturnham/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/highlysensitiveextrovertswithjenntInstagram:
How Architecture Affects Human Behavior - with Andrea de Paiva
16-05-2022
How Architecture Affects Human Behavior - with Andrea de Paiva
As a Highly Sensitive Person, we often live in a world that compromises our sensitivity. It is so necessary for us to have safe spaces, especially where will live and work. That's why I am so excited to speak to and introduce you to Professor of Neuroscience for Architecture, Andréa de Paiva.Master of Arts (Middlesex University, London), architect, and urban planner (University of São Paulo), Andréa bridges research, education, and design in her work. Her research interests involve the interdisciplinary field of cognitive science applied to architecture and urbanism, as well as architectural theory, in order to better understand how the physical environment can affect individuals and society. Andréa is the co-author of the book Triuno: Neurobusiness and Quality of Life. In addition, she is the founder of NeuroAU an online space that aims to discuss and disseminate knowledge about the links between cognitive science and architecture & urbanism. I invite you to listen and learn as we speak about:00:04:08 What is neuro architecture00:05:25 Science-based design00:08:01 Biophilic design00:10:50 Benefits of all the senses00:12:38 Different levels of sensitivity00:14:50 Impact of living near airports00:17:43 Animals and rest00:22:01 Sedentary lifestyles 00:24:48 The importance of diverse/dynamic balance00:28:22 Contrast in an environment 00:29:42 Transition spaces00:32:34 Pollution00:37:10 Systematic understanding of environment00:41:23 Retail spacesLINKSBuilding for Change: Comparative Case Study of Hospital ArchitectureNature in Design: The Biophilia EffectPhysiological Effects of Touching WoodLiving near an airport 'may be bad for your health'#NoSleepShameLight and Sleep#RightLightBOOKSTriuno: Neurobusiness and Quality of LifeLearn more about and follow Andréa de Paiva:Website: https://www.neuroau.com/eLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrea-de-paiva/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/neuroauInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/neuro_au/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/neuroau😀😃😄😁😆This podcast is hosted by Clare Kumar. As a productivity catalyst, highly sensitive executive coach, and speaker, Clare cultivates sustainable performance in busy professionals so they can keep making rich contributions in all areas of life and achieve greater fulfillment. She inspires leaders,...
Calm the Open Concept Office - with Nook's David O'Coimin
04-07-2022
Calm the Open Concept Office - with Nook's David O'Coimin
As the open-concept office proliferated, people took work away from the office to find quieter places where they could think. It's no surprise to me that millions of people have fallen in love with working from home. But, if we need to be in the office, shouldn't we have the option of neurologically safe spaces. You will have heard a lot about that with HoK design principals in episode 2. In this episode, I am thrilled to have Nook Director, David O'Coimin joining me to bring the Nook furniture experience to life.David is the founder & CEO of The DO Company, a product innovation organization delivering bold solutions to better integrate work and life.Enjoy our conversation as we explore how Nook helps calm an open-concept office and more:00:03:16 Meet David O'Coimin00:07:14 What is Nook?00:10:25 What does Nook look like?00:14:40 Different brains work in different ways00:19:00 The importance of lighting00:23:32 Productivity is personal  00:25:02 Hackability is they key   00:28:35 Fear of investing in workspaces00:31:20 Implementation in hospitals00:32:54 Citi Field New York  00:35:42 One size doesn’t fit all00:37:21 Total cost of ownershipLINKSNook The British Standards InstituteTrauma-Informed Design SocietyWiltshire Health and CarePods in the Wiltshire hospitalHoKKay SargentEpisode 2 – How to Design with Sensitivity in Mind – HoK’s Kay Sargent and Mary Kate CassidyPodcastYoutube versionLearn more about and connect with David and Nook:Website: https://nookpod.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidocoimin/Twitter: https://twitter.com/nookpodFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/nookwellnesspodsInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/nookwellnesspods/YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/nookwellnesspods😀😃😄😁😆This podcast is hosted by ClareKumar. As a productivity catalyst, highly sensitive executive coach, and speaker, Clare cultivates sustainable performance in busy professionals so they can keep making rich contributions in all areas of life and achieve greater fulfillment. She inspires leaders, professionals, employees, and entrepreneurs to respect humanity and boost performance through marrying productivity
Success Strategies from a Productivity Pioneer - with Harold Taylor
08-08-2022
Success Strategies from a Productivity Pioneer - with Harold Taylor
If you’ve listened to earlier episodes, you’ll know that I love to shine a light on successful fellow HSPs. I’m very happy to introduce you to Harold Taylor. If you’ve already met him, you'll know why.Harold and I recently chatted for another podcast I have been hosting for two years, the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professional’s (NAPO) show “Stand Out”. After 45 years as an icon in the industry, I knew Harold would have valuable time management and state of the industry insights to share. On this show though, I wanted to tap into Harold’s skills at navigating both work and life successfully as an HSP. You’ll hear how Harold always knew he was sensitive but he found out about the trait very recently. Harold shares some real gems about better managing both our professional and personal lives.Harold Taylor has been an entrepreneur and major icon in the time management areas for over 45 years running Harold Taylor Time Consultants, Inc. in both Canada and the US.  He has been a speaker and prolific author with over twenty hardcover books, forty e-books, over 250 articles, and over fifty time management products.  He earned the Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speakers Association. He is a fellow member of an organization I’m also proud to belong to, the Canadian Assocation of Professional Speaker’s (CAPS) and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 1998. A past director of the National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals, Harold received their Founder’s Award in 1999 for outstanding contributions to the organizing profession. And how’s this for coming full circle? The Founder’s Award was later renamed the Harold Taylor Award and I’m proud to say I received it back in 2013. I hope you enjoy meeting an icon!Enjoy our conversation as you’ll discover more about Harold and his strategies for a success life and career:00:06:40  The benefits of sensitivity00:09:13  Advice for speakers 00:12:45  Who do you need to be when you get an opportunity00:16:46  Truth in humor00:21:06  Letting go of limiting beliefs00:26:11  Time management battlefield is no longer in the office00:28:50  Elaine Aaron’s book00:32:29  Creativity and natureTRANSCRIPT available on Clare's websiteLINKSNational Association of Productivity and Organizing ProfessionalsNAPO Podcast “Stand Out”Harold Taylor Keynote Speaker – Collaborative Agency Group (Youtube)National Speakers AssociationCanadian Association of Professional SpeakersElaine AronLearn more about Harold Taylor:Harold Taylors articles and e-booksLinkedInHarold Taylor Books on Amazon Harold Taylor Books on...
Self-care Strategies for Highly Sensitive People - with Katie McDonald
22-08-2022
Self-care Strategies for Highly Sensitive People - with Katie McDonald
B.nourished was born out of Katie McDonald’s own experience in trying to keep up with the growing demands of her corporate career. Katie found herself spiralling in the wrong direction and knew she was seriously at risk. She abandoned her C-Suite corporate job and stepped into self-compassion. She started applying her knowledge of self-care, alternative health and plant-based nutrition.  For the last 10 years, Katie has helped countless numbers of people find their way to better self-care. With her brand of tough love, she has inspired, empowered and challenged her clients and audiences.    I agree with Katie about how important it is to reframe self-care. If it can be fully embraced we can stay on the path self-compassionate and impactful life. Enjoy our chat as Katie delivers up some thought balms.I invite you to listen as we speak about:  00:08:18 Sensitivity as a superpower00:10:00 How to leverage our sensitivity00:12:04 How Katie committed to self-care00:13:34 Our addiction to busyness00:16:15 The challenge of the transition from work to home00:18: 58 Self-care requires self-awareness00:20:30  Curating your home for self-love and self-care00:22:51 Liberating ourselves can come from being deliberate00:26:51  Social media and how to show up with self-care00:28:00  Trusting the resistance with social media00:30:55  There is no “one way”  00:32:58  What’s wrapped up in gender and the ability to express00:34:56  Find the voice that says “I matter”00:37:42  Advocating for self-care00:32:00  “Love yourself” what does that mean?00:41:55  Seek the soothing of self LINKS bnourishedThe Light Workers Manefesto Karen WalrondTRANSCRIPT - see www.clarekumar.com/podcast😀😃😄😁😆This podcast is hosted by Clare Kumar. As a productivity catalyst, highly sensitive executive coach, and speaker, Clare cultivates sustainable performance in busy professionals so they can keep making rich contributions in all areas of life and achieve greater fulfillment. She inspires leaders, professionals, employees, and entrepreneurs to respect humanity and boost performance through marrying productivity and pleasure. After all, why shouldn’t you have fun while getting things done? If you're a visual learner, we’ve crafted a version for YouTube as well.Ready to learn more, or want to find out more about coaching with Clare or hiring her for your next engaging event? Contact Clare here.😀😃😄😁😆Clare invites you to leave a review and a five-star rating wherever you listen to this podcast!  Don't forget to tell your friends to listen as well.Want to learn more about Clare and/or her guests?  Follow her on Instagram and Twitter. And don't forget, everyone (including YOU) deserves a happy space. 😊Song Credit: Cali by Wataboi from PixabayProduction: Judith George: To Be Reel
Hiring for Neurodiversity at TD Bank - with Keith Isaac
05-09-2022
Hiring for Neurodiversity at TD Bank - with Keith Isaac
As neurodiversity is becoming more respected in the corporate world, one of North America’s top ten banks, TD Bank Group, has taken steps to adjust its hiring processes, opening the door for talented candidates who were previously excluded. In this episode, I am speaking with Keith Isaac, the VP of Capital Markets, Risk Management for TD Bank Group, and the parent of a child with autism. Keith talks about the new practices adopted within TD Bank to recruit and onboard neurodivergent individuals. As the parent of an autistic child, Keith Isaac has been inspired to bring awareness of neurodiversity into the workplace and effect meaningful change at the bank. Here’s to, as TD Bank Group says, “maintaining a welcoming, barrier-free culture for everyone”.Show NotesI hope you enjoy listening as we speak about:00:04:42 From “people with disabilities” to “individuals with diverse abilities”00:05:10 TD Insurance on the forefront 00:07:54 The autism spectrum00:09:47 Barriers need to be broken down00:11:28  Re-imagining the interview process for inclusivity00:14:02  The benefit of COVID and new candidates00:16:30 Technology has been an equalizer00:17:44  Culture and the need for connection00:20:09 The organization benefits through inclusivity00:23:50 Lack of clarity and communication leads to burnout00:25:52  Best practices for ADHD would help all of us00:27:39  How big changes happen  00:32:40  Never needing inclusion or diversity pillars in the future00:35:14  Hopes for Keith's daughterLinksRainmanSpecialisterneFollow TD BankFacebook: @TDBankInstagram: @TD_CanadaLinkedIN: @TDTwitter: @TD_Canada😀😃😄😁😆This podcast is hosted by Clare Kumar. As a productivity catalyst, highly sensitive executive coach, and speaker, Clare cultivates sustainable performance in busy professionals so they can keep making rich contributions in all areas of life and achieve greater fulfillment. She inspires leaders, professionals, employees, and entrepreneurs to respect humanity and boost performance through marrying productivity and pleasure. After all, why shouldn’t you have fun while getting things done? If you're a visual learner, we’ve crafted a version for YouTube as well.Ready to learn more, or want to find out more about coaching with Clare or hiring her for your next engaging event? Contact Clare here.😀😃😄😁😆Clare invites you to leave a review and a rating wherever you listen to this podcast, and please don't forget to share with your friends, family & colleagues.Want to learn more about Clare and/or her guests?  Follow her on Instagram and Twitter. And don't forget, everyone (including YOU) deserves a happy space. 😊Song Credit: Cali by Wataboi from PixabayProduction: Judith George, To Be Reel
Silence is Golden - especially for HSPs - with "Golden" authors Justin Zorn and Leigh Marz
19-09-2022
Silence is Golden - especially for HSPs - with "Golden" authors Justin Zorn and Leigh Marz
Noise can be one of the biggest challenges for sensitive people causing us to startle, experience significant stress and lose our focus. I have lived this acutely hence my passion (and longer than usual preamble) to my discussion with Justin Zorn and Leigh Marz, the authors of Golden - The Power of Silence in a World Full of Noise. Leigh and Justin bring to life their examination of not only our relationship to sound and how society often undervalues silence, but also practical ways to successfully engage with this top stressor.Trained through Harvard and Oxford, Justin combines expertise in policy making with meditation and specializes in the economics of well-being. Leigh works with federal agencies, universities and organizations like NASA as consultant and coach. Justin and Leigh are also co-founders of Astrea Strategies, a consulting firm that helps “turn down the volume” for their clients so they can find and implement “creative and enduring solutions”. Show NotesEnjoy listening as we speak about:00:02:51 Noisy neighbours in Tokyo and Toronto00:08:08 Meet authors Leigh Marz and Justin Zorn00:11:57 Redefining our relationship to silence00:12:52 Inspiration for the book00:14:56 Progress does not value silence00:16:30 The journey of different possibilities00:19:55 Personal choices versus what we can control00:24:30 Case study - Jarvis J. Masters in San Quentin prison00:35:09 Noise - the cruel absence of care00:44:03 Definitions of silence00:51:27 Invitation for more quiet and reflectionLINKSGolden - The Power of Silence in a World Full of Noise Astrea StrategiesSand Talk - Tyson YunkaportaArt Galley of OntarioRoyal Ontario MuseumHow to Design with Sensitivity in Mind - ep 2 - Happy Space PodcastPadraig Ó Tuama Irish poet and theologianPir Shabda Kahn Sufi teacher and mysticJoan Halifax  Zen Buddhist teacherEthan Kross  Psychologist/Author Watch episodes on Youtube😀😃😄😁😆This podcast is hosted by Clare Kumar. As a productivity catalyst, highly sensitive executive coach, and speaker, Clare cultivates sustainable performance in busy professionals so they can keep making rich contributions in all areas of life and achieve greater...
Talent Management with Sensitivity - with Lisa Mitchell
16-01-2023
Talent Management with Sensitivity - with Lisa Mitchell
We have moved rapidly through a significant evolution in work culture and practice with significant challenges surfacing. As employees and leaders alike are suffering burnout, finding ways to manage overwhelm is a constant priority. Sensitivity is necessary. Lisa and I explore why setting boundaries is so challenging, what to do about much needed connection, and why we need to look beyond what we’re doing to how we are doing it.We also explore improving the efficacy of our communication by marrying intent with impact. Tune in for some remarkable insights on the value of sensitivity at work.Having honed her skills in senior HR and Organizational Development roles in large Canadian and global companies, Lisa is the principal Thought Partner and Results Coach at Green Apple Consulting. She uses her strategic and practical approach to help Talent Management Leaders embed programs that elevate organizational culture and drive results. She is also host of the podcast “Talent Management Truths” and monthly interactive Talent Talks. 00:04:29 How sensitivity shows up for Lisa00:09:03 The value of sensitivity in today’s work world00:12:48 The challenge of burnout00:18:27 The need for connection00:22:56 Workload – the elephant in the room00:32:29 Intent with impact00:37:29 Noticing fear00:39:51 What we can expectLINKSThe HSP QuizBrene BrownEpisode 4 – Sunil Godse – Follow Your Intuition as an HSPLearn more about and follow LisaFacebook  Instagram  LinkedIn   Website😀😃😄😁😆This podcast is hosted by Clare Kumar. As a productivity catalyst, highly sensitive executive coach, and speaker, Clare cultivates sustainable performance in busy professionals so they can keep making rich contributions in all areas of life and achieve greater fulfillment. She inspires leaders, professionals, employees, and entrepreneurs to respect humanity and boost performance through marrying productivity and pleasure. After all, why shouldn’t you have fun while getting things done? If you're a visual learner, she’s crafted a version for YouTube as well.Ready to learn more, or want to find out more about coaching with Clare or hiring her for your next engaging event? Contact Clare here.😀😃😄😁😆If you enjoyed this podcast, please leave a review as this will help other listeners discover the podcast.  Please invite your colleagues, friends, and family to listen as well. Together we can improve the awareness and understanding of sensitivity as a superpower!Want to learn more about Clare and/or her guests?  Follow Clare on Instagram and Twitter. And don't...
Designing Inclusive Performance – with Clare Kumar
30-01-2023
Designing Inclusive Performance – with Clare Kumar
Hi! I’m back again with a solo episode to share more about the expansion of the podcast from exclusively being about highly sensitive people to designing inclusive performance. Have no fear, I’m not leaving highly sensitive people behind, in fact, fellow HSPs play a central role in upcoming episodes. In this episode, I touch on the tug-of-war that exists between leadership and employees when it comes to returning to the office and how for many, this way of working is not new. I continue my commitment to both a bottom-up and top-down perspective recognizing that both individual agency and self-determination are important as is the very tall order of systemic change. We look a little more closely at recurring topics of light and noise and then dive into what to expect in the five following episodes featuring the likes of a 45-year-legend in the industry, Tom Peters, to recent startup WorkTripp - the Airbnb of work retreats. I hope you’ll listen, share and drop a review!CHAPTERS00:03:14 Expanding focus – spotlight to floodlight00:13:30 There is a tug-of-war going on00:14:12 We are not the same00:16:44 From the bottom-up00:20:06 And from the top-down00:21:31 Inclusivity is not just about the low-hanging fruit00:27:31 Hybrid work is new for many... but not all00:32:10 Let’s aim for better design00:36:35 What about noise?00:39:50 And light?00:44:34 Coming up on the podcast LINKSBlendificationConnect with Clare on LinkedInStaples & Angus Reid Future of Work Report "Find Your Red Thread"Happy Space Podcast - episode 1 CBC Radio Interview -International Labour Organization Report shows flexible hours means increased productivityMontreal nurses sit-inLoop Earplugs - Use Clare's link for a discountIngrid @SippindataDodge Charger EV Fake NoiseKia - The Power of SilenceSilence is Powerful | The New 2023 Kia EV6 GTXlerator® Hand Dryers
Managing Anxiety with a Mindset Coach – Paul Sheppard
13-02-2023
Managing Anxiety with a Mindset Coach – Paul Sheppard
You’re in for a treat with today’s episode featuring mindset coach, Paul Sheppard. Paul and I connected recently when I was interviewed on his podcast, Mindset Change. Realizing Paul has had his own journey with sensitivity and listening to a few of his podcast episodes, I knew I had to bring his energy and insights your way. Paul is trained in a long list of healing modalities such as hypnosis, NLP, IEMT – integral eye movement therapy, and more. I was especially intrigued by his admission that traditional therapy didn’t work.Given the challenges sensitive people face – the tendency for overwhelm, emotional responsiveness, and rumination – anxiety can be a constant companion. The more we can notice it and nurture a positive response, the more peaceful life can be.In our chat, we explore Paul’s journey from a sensitive child (aka “The Incredible Sulk”) to the proudly sensitive, grounded, and thriving man he is today. I learned about the drama triangle, the physiological sigh, and a series of strategies that really work to calm anxiety.Enjoy Paul’s calm and encouraging energy and do let us know what you take away. CHAPTERS00:04:47 Sensitivity for Paul: then00:06:46 The Incredible Sulk00:08:52 Sensitivity for Paul: now00:11:55 The Drama Triangle00:15:12 Bravery is what it takes00:17:30 Compassion starts with yourself00:20:41 Paul's journey through different healing modalities00:25:53 Easy anxiety management strategies 00:31:35 The power of mindfulness00:34:08 The power of meditation00:36:00 Moving past shame LINKSThe HSP Quiz"Mindset Change Podcast" - Am I Too Sensitive? - Interview with Highly Sensitive Person Coach - Clare KumarDr. Stephen Karpman - Drama TriangleHuberman LabMaster Your Breathing Connect with Paul:Facebook  Instagram  LinkedIn   TiktokWebsite 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 deserves a Happy Space.Believing that productivity...
A Fresh Look at Sensitivity with Andre Sólo
27-02-2023
A Fresh Look at Sensitivity with Andre Sólo
From hiding out at recess in a storm sewer pipe to co-authoring a book about the trait that drove him there, tune in as Andre Sólo shares his experience as a highly sensitive child through to who he is today, a man proud of his sensitive gifts. In their book, Andre, and his co-author Jenn Granneman, explore the continuum of sensitive experience as well as different types of sensitivity. I inquire as to why they shine a spotlight on empathy and Andre’s answer surprises me. We explore the idea of accommodations, what they call the “Boost Effect”, and ultimately extend an invitation to stand in the strengths of the trait and make the world a better place.Andre Sólo is a philosopher, professional adventurer and together with business partner, Jenn Granneman, co-authored “Sensitive: The Hidden Power of the Highly Sensitive Person in a Loud, Fast, Too-Much World”. Andre and Jenn collaborate on IntrovertDear.com, a site Jenn started in 2013 and highlysensitiverefuge.com, a place for highly sensitive people to feel “blissfully understood” since 2017. Chapters00:05:24 The sensitivity continuum00:11:08 Five main gifts00:12:35 Different styles of sensitivity00:15:37 Positive language00:16:46 Introverts and extroverts00:21:14 Vantage Sensitivity aka the Boost Effect00:24:54 Living better with sensitivity00:31:08 Sensitivity, neurodivergence, and accommodations00:32:44 The world designed for people with sensitivity00:37:16 The world needs more of what sensitive people have to offer00:42:10 A love-hate relationship with empathyLINKSSensitive: The Hidden Power of the Highly Sensitive Person in a Loud, Fast, Too-Much WorldHighly Sensitive RefugeIntrovert, DearDr. Elaine Aron's Self-testsSusan Cain's "Quiet"Jenn Turnham - Highly Sensitive ExtrovertsHappy Space Podcast - episode 5 - There are No AmbivertsMichael Pluess - Sensitivity ResearchBinaural Beats App - App StoreBinaural beats App - Google PlayGeorg SimmelHappy Space Podcast - episode 11 - Silence is Golden - especially for HSPsJarvis Jay Masters - "That Bird Has My Wings: The Autobiography of an Innocent Man on Death Row"Learn more about and follow Andre:FacebookInstagram
Still in Search of Excellence - with Tom Peters
13-03-2023
Still in Search of Excellence - with Tom Peters
Iconic management thought leader Tom Peters is intellectually irritated and still in search of excellence! Join us for episode 16 of the Happy Space Podcast for delightful commentary on the power of women and the end of the three-martini lunch.In our conversation, we explore several of these including Tom’s deep respect for humanity which he refers to as Extreme Humanism. We dive into sensitivity, his fondness for “quiet” people, inclusivity, and the power of female leaders. We tackle the challenges of managing by zooming around and the need for a new kind of leader. While some understand a different leadership mindset is required for the current world of work, many don’t. We are, indeed, still in search of excellence. CHAPTERS00:09:34 Pandemic-influenced leadership skills00:10:48 Passing the introvert scale00:14:35 Tension between leaders and the workforce00:15:38 The death of the three-martini lunch00:16:40 Managing by Zooming around00:17:50 Acknowledge the ask00:23:00 Promote more women00:26:56 We are a little bit less worse00:31:21 Intellectual irritation00:34:44 Can leaders slow down?00:35:51 Relationships are inversely proportional to speed, period00:39:48 Saying no to booze LINKSSusan Cain's "Quiet"Elaine AronFinancial Times article: “Tom Peters: McKinsey's work on opioid sales represents a new low”The Female Brain - Louann BrizendineSurvival of the Friendliest: Understanding Our Origins and Rediscovering Our Common Humanity - Brian Hare, Vanessa WoodsDomain HomeWashington Speakers BureauChristine FarrellLeadership the Hard Way: Why Leadership Can't be Taught and How You Can Learn it Anyway - Dov Frohman with Robert HowardSEED blog postTom Peters’ websiteIMAGE CREDITS (see on Youtube video)Quiet book cover - credit Clare KumarSensitive book cover - credit Clare KumarElaine Aron - credit Clare KumarTom Peters - credit Tom PetersElaine Aron - credit Clare KumarBill Clinton - credit Wiki CommonsVideo of audience - credit Envato Elements#Acknowledgetheask - credit Clare KumarFinancial Times - credit Depositphotos.comThe Female Brain cover - credit Clare KumarChristine Farrell - credit Washington Speakers BureauLeadership: The Hard Way - credit Goodreads Learn more about and follow Tom:YoutubeLinkedIn
Offsites: the Key to Building Connection - with Sally Page
27-03-2023
Offsites: the Key to Building Connection - with Sally Page
A big question on the minds of organizations is how to rebuild culture and foster effective collaboration. Given that trust is an essential ingredient for a team to work at its best, it’s important to create opportunities to build that trust. Yet, it’s not easy to do. Enter Sally Page, co-founder of UK-based WorkTripp, a company she refers to as the “Airbnb” of team offsites. In this episode, we explore being intentional about event design, the value in cycles of work, and how to not just get people together but to have them pulling in the same direction.Sally is an experienced leader of high-performing distributed teams, and WorkTripp is the platform she wished she had much earlier on. Previously VP of Content & Partnerships at Series-C, ScaleUp, Blinkist, and a Senior Director at Audible, she made a habit of connecting big thinkers - like non-fiction authors and coaches - with avid learners. At remote social enterprise, Hoxby, she helped businesses ensure they were fit for the future of work as Managing Director of Futureproofing.CHAPTERS00:06:00 The “Airbnb for offsites”00:10:30 Cycles of work00:13:30 Building connection and relationship00:15:15 Focus on one thing00:16:00 Get yourself out of the normal environment00:18:52 A TED talk is not the same experience00:22:30 Integrating time for connection00:24:00 Motivation and psychological safety are linked00:25:47 We need all the emojis00:27:50 Fostering connection00:30:18 Start with leadership teams00:33:39 Onboarding cohorts00:34:00 Breaking bread and making fire00:39:15 Scaffolding for diversity00:40:42 The value of a third spaceWorkTrippBlinkistAmy EdmonsonHappy Space Podcast: Ep 18 (coming April 10th!)HoxbyContact Sally Page / WorkTrippIMAGE CREDITSTeam at Offsite - BodySwaps at Elmley Nature Reserve - credit WorkTrippClare in musical - credit Clare KumarClare on The Social - credit The SocialSally Page headshot - credit WorkTrippMan on park bench - credit Depositphotos Sally Page and Sophie Bailey - credit WorkTrippWorkTripp, Bedruthen - credit WorkTrippLearn more about and follow Sally and WorkTripp:InstagramLinkedInWebsite😀😃😄😁😆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 deserves a Happy Space.Believing...
Revolutionizing work with “Workstyle” - with Lizzie Penny and Alex Hirst
10-04-2023
Revolutionizing work with “Workstyle” - with Lizzie Penny and Alex Hirst
The way we work had not been significantly redesigned in over 200 years despite massive cultural shift and technical advances. The pandemic forced change upon us and now that we have tasted autonomy and proven productivity does not suffer, redesign is on the table. While many organizations are embracing flexibility, hybrid, and remote work as a hiring advantage, Lizzie Penny and Alex Hirst say that it doesn’t go far enough. When they explain the number of people who are still left out of the workforce, you might find yourself agreeing. Tune in to learn more about how they suggest we “fundamentally redefine our psychological contract of work”.CHAPTERS00:04:50 Sensitivity informs the journey00:07:49 Shift to output value00:11:52 A taste of autonomy - the heart of the revolution00:16:18 Flexible work is our nemesis00:21:51 How do we contract this kind of work?00:27:15 Building trust00:31:16 Give people what they want along with structure to get things done00:32:48 Structure? A free for all invites chaos.00:37:51 The aging demographicLINKSThe Taylor ReviewIMAGE CREDITS (see images on Youtube video)Taylor Review - credit Taylor Review PDFWordmoji - credit Clare Kumar#autonomyisforadults - credit Clare Kumar#FlexibilityIsInclusivity - credit Clare Kumar#productivityISpersonal - credit Clare Kumar#ALLin - credit Clare KumarSymbol of London underground - credit CanvaWorkstyle symbol - cropped from book cover - credit Clare KumarRefresher candies - credit ValeoconfectionaryRefresher over top of underground sign - credit CanvaWorkstyle cover - credit Clare KumarLEARN MORE ABOUT OUR GUESTS:InstagramLinkedInYoutubeWebsite😀😃😄😁😆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 deserves a Happy Space.Believing that productivity is personal, the podcast is produced in a variety of formats so you can enjoy it in the medium you prefer:Listen to the audio right here or on your fave podcast platform.If you prefer to  watch video, check out the episode on YouTube.If you prefer to read, please see the transcript below.Ready to learn more, or want to find out more about coaching with Clare or hiring her for your next engaging event? Contact Clare here.😀😃😄😁😆If...
Reframing ADHD - The gift of a faster brain - with Peter Shankman
24-04-2023
Reframing ADHD - The gift of a faster brain - with Peter Shankman
From getting in trouble for talking too much in school to giving keynote speeches on stages all over the world, Peter Shankman has transformed what was once perceived as a challenge into one of his many strengths. Here, we explore Peter’s version of an ADHD brain, the source of Peter’s drive and spirit, and what to make of a diagnosis. Peter also shares his love of order and secrets to staying focused where skydiving and a Peloton addiction take centre stage. Peter closes with an inspiring invitation for anyone with ADHD. As a successful entrepreneur, Peter is known for his business acumen, customer insight and economic foresight. Author of five best-selling books, including “Faster Than Normal”, he is also an advocate for the neurodiverse and the neurodiverse economy. His latest auto-biographical book is designed to empower ADHD kids. You’ll hear Peter both on news channels and serving as a global brand ambassador. And, you might even see him jumping from a plane.CHAPTERS00:05:00 The value of being neurodivergent00:07:46 Where did your spirit come from?00:12:43 The value of a diagnosis00:15:24 The value of creating order00:20:00 What about rest & recovery at work?00:23:46 Challenges in education00:26:23  The Google NEU Project - creating space for every mind to shine00:28:11 "The boy with the faster brain"00:30:33 Faster than normal LINKSNAPO - National Association of Productivity and Organizing ProfessionalsHARO - Help a Reporter OutCisionProfnetThe Google NEU Project"The boy with the faster brain" - US link"The boy with the faster brain" - Canada linkInstitute for Challenging DisorganizationIMAGE CREDITS (see images on Youtube video)Clare with the bandaged finger at the hospital - credit Clare KumarFaster Than Normal - credit Goodreadsorganized closet - credit Peter’s InstagramPeter in exercise gear - credit Peter’s InstagramCurb cut - image To Be Reel - canva"The boy with the faster brain" book cover - credit Goodreads#productivityISpersonal - credit Clare Kumar#nevermindthelabels - credit Clare Kumar#diagnosisisprivilege - credit Clare KumarLearn more about and follow guest(s):InstagramYoutubeTwitterLinkedInWebsite😀😃😄😁😆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...