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Kristen Harcourt Emotional Intelligence Expert, Keynote Speaker & Executive Coach, Host of Inspirational Leadership

For 15+ years, Kristen has partnered with executives and emerging leaders in hundreds of organizations worldwide to achieve extraordinary and sustainable results through increased self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and mindfulness.

In addition to being an in-demand speaker and facilitator, she is also an accredited coach, empowering leaders to become more aware of their strengths, blind spots, values and purpose so they can build lives and organizations of success, health and sustainability.

An expert in Leadership Development, she hosts a bi-weekly podcast called Inspirational Leadership where she interviews progressive CEOs, strategic HR leaders and forward-thinking experts who share her mission to humanize work and transform leaders.

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Finding Happiness Within Yourself &Raquo; Updated Podcast Art9Rvy8 Scaled
Finding Happiness Within Yourself

Do you often find yourself thinking, "I'll be happy when...?" What if you discovered that's a trap many of us fall into? Waiting for external achievements to bring happiness is a never-ending cycle le…

Do you often find yo…

Do you often find yourself thinking, "I'll be happy when...?" What if you discovered that's a trap many of us fall into? Waiting for external achievements to bring happiness is a never-ending cycle leading to unhappiness. In this solo episode of the Inspirational Leadership podcast, Kristen discusses the “I’ll be happy when” syndrome and how to find happiness within yourself. She explains why true happiness is always available from within, even with relentless societal and cultural pressures that make us feel inadequate. Listen in to learn practical tips to break free from the illusion t…

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Achieve Your Big Gorgeous Goals With Julie Ellis &Raquo; Updated Podcast Art9Rvy8 Scaled
Achieve Your Big Gorgeous Goals with Julie Ellis

Are you ready to achieve your ambitious goals and elevate your leadership skills? How do you pursue your big gorgeous goals confidently and clearly and approach life with intention and joy? Achieving …

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Are you ready to achieve your ambitious goals and elevate your leadership skills? How do you pursue your big gorgeous goals confidently and clearly and approach life with intention and joy? Achieving personal and professional growth as a female leader involves setting ambitious goals, pushing beyond your comfort zone, embracing creativity, and planning rest. In this episode of the Inspirational Leadership podcast, I speak with Julie Ellis about her unexpected transition into finance and eventually into the world of entrepreneurship. Julie is a professional speaker, author, and executive coach …

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The 2024 Workhuman Conference Highlights: Insights, Inspiration &Amp; Impact &Raquo; Updated Podcast Art9Rvy8 Scaled
The 2024 Workhuman Conference Highlights: Insights, Inspiration & Impact

Did you attend the 2024 Workhuman Live conference? The conference was brimming with meaningful conversations and impactful sessions. It was also a whirlwind of insights, laughter, and profound moments…

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Did you attend the 2024 Workhuman Live conference? The conference was brimming with meaningful conversations and impactful sessions. It was also a whirlwind of insights, laughter, and profound moments. In this episode of the Inspirational Leadership podcast, I invite Angela Champ on the show to discuss our individual experiences at the Workhuman conference. Workhuman is committed to the intentional curation of sessions for deep dives into key issues without overwhelming attendees, creating space for genuine connections. It also fosters a community of like-hearted individuals dedicated to resha…

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Empowering Workplace Diversity With Systemic Change – Viva Asmelash &Raquo; Viva Asmelash7Htyp
Empowering Workplace Diversity with Systemic Change – Viva Asmelash

How do you foster diversity and inclusion to drive positive organizational change? Imagine a workplace where every voice is celebrated, and everyone feels a sense of belonging. In an empowered workpla…

How do you foster di…

How do you foster diversity and inclusion to drive positive organizational change? Imagine a workplace where every voice is celebrated, and everyone feels a sense of belonging. In an empowered workplace, everyone can take ownership of their journey toward equity and inclusion and feel supported. In this episode of the Inspirational Leadership podcast, I speak with Viva Asmelash (she/her) about creating psychological safety in the workplace, plus the systemic change needed in organizations. Viva is a passionate workplace consultant and certified inclusion strategist specializing in forward-thin…

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How To Reach Your Full Potential And Uplevel Your Life &Raquo; Kristen Harcourt 2023 By Rz 50 Square9Ldle
How to Reach Your Full Potential and Uplevel Your Life

What are your important goals, and are you willing to take the time to achieve them? Reaching your full potential requires an investment, but most of us are stuck in an instant gratification mindset. …

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What are your important goals, and are you willing to take the time to achieve them? Reaching your full potential requires an investment, but most of us are stuck in an instant gratification mindset. The truth is, it is through the process of working towards your goals that you feel meaning, purpose, and satisfaction. In this solo episode of the Inspirational Leadership podcast, Kristen discusses how to identify what’s important to you and take the necessary action steps to achieve those goals. She explains the importance of understanding that big goals take time, persistence, commitment, an…

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Healing Past Traumas For Better Leadership With Kelly L. Campbell &Raquo; Kelly L Campbell8438Q
Healing Past Traumas for Better Leadership with Kelly L. Campbell

Are you aware that your leadership style is rooted in your past traumatic experiences? Many leaders are operating from a place of distracting themselves from experiencing the full spectrum of human em…

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Are you aware that your leadership style is rooted in your past traumatic experiences? Many leaders are operating from a place of distracting themselves from experiencing the full spectrum of human emotions. But to become a more centered, rooted, grounded, and well-resourced leader, you must do the work needed to heal your trauma experiences. In this episode of the Inspirational Leadership podcast, I speak with Kelly L. Campbell (they/she) about healing traumatic experiences to become a better leader. Kelly speaks and writes about trauma, leadership, and consciousness— “The New TLC.” The…

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How To Ditch The Drama And Improve Productivity With Cy Wakeman &Raquo;
How To Ditch the Drama and Improve Productivity with Cy Wakeman

Are you ready to let go of the drama and restore sanity in the workplace? Drama in the workplace is a time and emotional waste, but with tools like self-reflection and accountability, it can be elimin…

Are you ready to let…

Are you ready to let go of the drama and restore sanity in the workplace? Drama in the workplace is a time and emotional waste, but with tools like self-reflection and accountability, it can be eliminated. In this episode of the Inspirational Leadership podcast, I speak with Cy Wakeman about how the ego works, embracing self-reflection, and diffusing drama in organizations. Cy is a drama researcher, New York Times best-selling author, and 2023 World’s #1 Leadership Guru who is recognized for her Reality-Based approach to leadership. Backed by over 25 years of unparalleled experience partneri…

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How To Build A Results-Only Work Environment With Julie Cole &Raquo; Julie Cole8Vbt2
How To Build a Results-Only Work Environment with Julie Cole

How do you lead with empathy and build a team of people that align with your core values? When you support and add value to your team without micromanaging them, you enhance their efficiency and produ…

How do you lead with…

How do you lead with empathy and build a team of people that align with your core values? When you support and add value to your team without micromanaging them, you enhance their efficiency and productivity, and they become your best brand ambassadors. In this episode of the Inspirational Leadership podcast, I speak with Julie Cole about her entrepreneurship journey and the effectiveness of the results-only work environment (ROWE) culture. Julie is a recovered lawyer, a mom of six, and co-founder of Mabel’s Labels. She is also a published author, keynote speaker, engaged community member, a…

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The Power Of A Speak-Up Culture With Stephen Shedletzky &Raquo; Shed S Headshot9Icdw
The Power of a Speak-Up Culture with Stephen Shedletzky

Have you established a speak-up culture as a leader in your organization? For teams and organizations to thrive, it’s crucial to create a speak-up culture where everyone feels psychologically safe t…

Have you established…

Have you established a speak-up culture as a leader in your organization? For teams and organizations to thrive, it’s crucial to create a speak-up culture where everyone feels psychologically safe to share their ideas, concerns, feedback, and vulnerabilities. In this episode of the Inspirational Leadership podcast, I speak with Stephen Shedletzky, or “Shed,” about the positive impact of speak-up culture on teams and organizations. Shed is a sought-after speaker, coach, and advisor and has led hundreds of keynote presentations, workshops, and leadership development programs around the wor…

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Giving Yourself Permission To Slow Down &Raquo; Kristen Harcourt 2023 By Rz 50 Square79Lir
Giving Yourself Permission to Slow Down

Is your never-ending busyness a way to avoid reflecting and hearing answers to your big questions? Slowing down forces you to get clarity on whether the choices you’re making are aligned with what y…

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Is your never-ending busyness a way to avoid reflecting and hearing answers to your big questions? Slowing down forces you to get clarity on whether the choices you’re making are aligned with what you say is important to you. In this episode of the Inspirational Leadership podcast, Kristen discusses the power of intentionally slowing down and focusing on what truly matters. She explains bigger questions you need to ask yourself to understand what you’re avoiding by not slowing down, plus how to use the holidays to reflect on your 2023 wins, struggles, and learnings. Listen in to learn how …

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How To Increase Efficiency And Achieve High Performance In Teams With Liane Davey &Raquo; Liane Davey Smaller7Y56Y
How to Increase Efficiency and Achieve High Performance in Teams with Liane Davey

What are some of the things you can do as a leader to make your teams more effective? The major reasons why teams fail to be high-performing are alignment-related and dynamic-related issues. In this e…

What are some of the…

What are some of the things you can do as a leader to make your teams more effective? The major reasons why teams fail to be high-performing are alignment-related and dynamic-related issues. In this episode of the Inspirational Leadership podcast, I speak with Liane Davey about her experience working with teams and what leaders need to do to improve their team performance. For the past 25 years, Liane has researched and advised teams on how to achieve high performance. Known as the “teamwork doctor,” she’s worked with teams from the frontlines to the boardroom, across a variety of indust…

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Adopting A Growth Mindset &Raquo; Kristen Harcourt 2023 By Rz 50 Square6T26J
Adopting a Growth Mindset

Are you in a fixed mindset or a growth mindset? A fixed mindset is when you have scarcity thinking, while a growth mindset is thinking from a place of possibilities. You can shift from a fixed mindset…

Are you in a fixed m…

Are you in a fixed mindset or a growth mindset? A fixed mindset is when you have scarcity thinking, while a growth mindset is thinking from a place of possibilities. You can shift from a fixed mindset at any point; it’s just a matter of choosing and allowing yourself to create new patterns. In this solo episode of the Inspirational Leadership podcast, I discuss the difference between a fixed and a growth mindset and how to adopt a growth mindset. I explain why we need to show ourselves compassion, patience, understanding, and grace as we work through new things and create space for emotions …

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The Power Of Knowing And Owning Who You Are With Paru Radia &Raquo; Paru Radia6La35
The Power of Knowing and Owning Who You Are with Paru Radia

Do you know who you truly are deep inside? Knowing who you are deep inside and your experiences will guide you to your why, and it will stop you from settling with what you think your why is or what o…

Do you know who you …

Do you know who you truly are deep inside? Knowing who you are deep inside and your experiences will guide you to your why, and it will stop you from settling with what you think your why is or what other people tempt you to think it is. In this episode of the Inspirational Leadership podcast, I speak with Paru Radia about relationship-building with senior decision-makers and owning who you are. Paru is a rare commodity! Most people fall into one camp as either left-brained or right-brained. Paru, however, has always mixed her logical side with her creative side to thrive while navigating chal…

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Setting Healthy Boundaries &Raquo; Kristen Harcourt 2023 By Rz 50 Square8Kpz4
Setting Healthy Boundaries

How strong are your boundaries at work and in your personal life? Setting healthy boundaries is something most people struggle with due to self-limiting beliefs and patterns you can unlearn. To reap t…

How strong are your …

How strong are your boundaries at work and in your personal life? Setting healthy boundaries is something most people struggle with due to self-limiting beliefs and patterns you can unlearn. To reap the fruits of setting healthy boundaries, you have to get clear about your needs and stay committed to them. In this solo episode of the Inspirational Leadership podcast, Kristen discusses the power of learning to set healthy boundaries by getting clear about your needs at work and in life. She explains how self-limiting beliefs such as people pleasing, hyper-achieving, peacemaking, controlling beh…

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How To Navigate Good Awkward To Grow Purposefully With Henna Pryor &Raquo;
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 navigat…

When you feel awkwar…

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 …

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Roadmap To Trauma-Informed Leadership With Carolyn Swora &Raquo; Carolyn Swora 2 8Lrak
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 tr…

Do you utilize your …

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 Syste…

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Why I Stopped Drinking Alcohol &Raquo;
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 …

It’s been over two…

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 t…

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How To Build Relationships With Compassionate Accountability - Marc Lesser &Raquo; Marc Lesser8Yzth
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 …

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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.…

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