Working through it: A collective seven-part journey through crisis

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There are no business strategies or ‘hot tips for working from home’ that can change the fact that many of us are feeling anxious and overwhelmed. But we can – and have to – work through it. We’re starting a journey… to find a way to do just that.

These special episodes of our Culture First podcast will delve into how people respond over time to drastic and unexpected changes. We’ll aim to take an honest look at why this has been such a difficult time for us all – but also at how better understanding human nature can help us chart a course for ourselves and our teams towards true, positive transformation.

Share with us how you are working through it by using the hashtag #WorkingThroughIt and tagging @CultureAmp and @DamonKlotz.

Part 1

Start with today

What happens to our brain during a pandemic

COVID-19 has taken a rapid toll on individuals around the world. In this episode, Damon Klotz speaks with Wendy Suzuki, Wendy Suzuki, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at New York University, about how extreme stress affects our brains and ways to reduce anxiety.

Navigating the unknown

There has never been a more relevant time to prioritize mental health. In this episode, Damon Klotz speaks with Dr. Omar Dawood, Chief Medical Officer and Head of Sales at Calm, about how to navigate the unknown with resilience

Part 2

The only way forward is through

The false codes of leadership to deconstruct in turbulent times

We are all facing a blurred boundary between personal and professional. In this episode, Damon speaks with Larissa Conte, Founder of Wayfinding, to explore how leaders can support vulnerability.

Keeping momentum while leading through crisis

Whether we like it or not, there may never be a ‘return to normal.’ In this episode, Damon speaks with Chris Fussell, President of McChrystal Group, about strategies for leading through periods of change.

Part 3

Is anything certain?

How to talk about politics and race in the workplace

Damon speaks with Michelle Kim, Co-Founder and CEO of Awaken, about how to manage a team in times of political trauma, create space for uncomfortable conversations at work, and minimize the impact of uncertainty for your employees.

Why Coinbase turned to open-sourcing to reduce uncertainty for their employees

Damon speaks with Tariq Meyers, Global Head of Belonging, Inclusion, and Diversity at Coinbase to discuss why Coinbase open sourced their response to COVID-19 and how it helped reduce uncertainty for employees.

Part 4

How long will this feeling last?

The new rules of emotions at work

Damon speaks with Mollie West Duffy, co-author of the book No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power Of Embracing Emotions At Work.

How to talk about grief and suffering at work

Damon speaks to Kelsey Crowe, Ph.D., author of There is No Good Card for This: What to do and say when life is scary, awful and, unfair to the people you love. Kelsey and Damon discuss what stops us from asking for help, how to show up. for people who are suffering, and coping with grief at work.