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Revolutionizing work with “Workstyle” - with Lizzie Penny and Alex Hirst
Episode 1810th April 2023 • Happy Space Podcast with Clare Kumar • Clare Kumar
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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”.


00:04:50 Sensitivity informs the journey

00:07:49 Shift to output value

00:11:52 A taste of autonomy - the heart of the revolution

00:16:18 Flexible work is our nemesis

00:21:51 How do we contract this kind of work?

00:27:15 Building trust

00:31:16 Give people what they want along with structure to get things done

00:32:48 Structure? A free for all invites chaos.

00:37:51 The aging demographic


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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.


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And don't forget, everyone (including YOU) deserves a Happy Space. 😊


Audio and Video Editing by: To Be Reel

Production Assistant: Luis Rodriguez

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