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Designing Inclusive Performance – with Clare Kumar
Episode 1330th January 2023 • Happy Space Podcast with Clare Kumar • Clare Kumar
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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!


00:03:14 Expanding focus – spotlight to floodlight

00:13:30 There is a tug-of-war going on

00:14:12 We are not the same

00:16:44 From the bottom-up

00:20:06 And from the top-down

00:21:31 Inclusivity is not just about the low-hanging fruit

00:27:31 Hybrid work is new for many... but not all

00:32:10 Let’s aim for better design

00:36:35 What about noise?

00:39:50 And light?

00:44:34 Coming up on the podcast




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Loop Earplugs - Use Clare's link for a discount

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Dodge Charger EV Fake Noise

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Silence is Powerful | The New 2023 Kia EV6 GT

Xlerator® Hand Dryers

Sound Test Video

Western Canadian young girl analyzing dryer sounds


Melanopic/Photopic Ratio

Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines

Paul Sheppard

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"Sensitive - The Hidden Power of the Highly Sensitive Person in a Loud, Fast, Too-Much World"

"Tom Peters' Compact Guide to Excellence"

"Workstyle: A Revolution for Well-being, Productivity, and Society"



Connect with Clare:






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 you enjoyed this episode, please leave a heartfelt review as this will help other listeners discover the podcast.  Please invite your colleagues, friends, and family to listen as well. Together we can design a more inclusive world where everyone can make their richest contribution.

Want to learn more about Clare and/or her guests?  Follow Clare on Instagram and Twitter

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


Audio and Video Editing: To Be Reel

Production Assistant: Luis Rodriguez

Song Credit: Cali by Wataboi from Pixabay




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