Kate Northrup is an entrepreneur, bestselling author and mother. She’s the founder of the Origin Company, a multimedia company reaching hundreds of thousands globally and the author of Do Less. She’s on a mission to collectively reimagine work and have more by doing less. In this episode she shares the principles and practices that underpin her work, how working with seasons, cycles and our bodies’ rhythms are revolutionary in a culture and system of extraction. She shares her own personal challenges, stories and wisdom that contribute to the mission she’s stewarding and how shifting from a me to we orientation of leadership is changing everything. She’s funny, brilliant and bringing it.
Listen in as they explore:
- What it means to Kate to re-imagine work, to run a business without burning out or recover from burn out when we do.
- Emotional leadership and the power and difficulty of expanding your capacity to be with discomfort and relinquish control.
- What leadership can look and feel like when you don’t feel like you need to have all the answers, offering a more relaxed path for you and those you’re leading.
- Shifting from a personal brand to a collective company and the me-to-we dynamics that allow for a mission to be advanced way beyond the self. How trusting the mission, and being a team member for the mission can liberate the feeling, ‘it’s all up to you.’
- Why creating a healthy ecosystem relies on diversity and ways Kate is actively bringing her team’s wisdom and genius into the light.
- The utter BS that work = worth and yet the deeply engrained, internalized cultural narratives that tell most of us there’s something wrong with us, and that working and proving ourselves will make us okay.
- Survival stress cycles culturally created and perpetuated by ‘doing it all’ and the power and beauty of aligning with our own personal cycles and the wider cycles that we’re a part of.
- Some of the deep, persistent obstacles to aligning with a deeply held, cyclical orientation in a culture and economic system built upon extraction and exploitation of resources.
- Practices to build nervous system health and grow our resilience so that we can navigate the stresses and pressure of meeting our chosen leadership paths.
- How to not turn personal healing and self-regulation practices into one more lengthy to-do list and self-improvement agenda.
- The vulnerable and almost unnamable threat that lurks under the surface if we were to choose to stop producing and working so hard.
- A significant moment when Kate confronted the price she’d be willing to pay for liberation from patterns of ramping up and stressing in an addictive way.
- Why and how the question ‘what makes me feel more like myself?’ can be more useful in creating generative practice than so many of the expert opinions or ‘correct’ practices.
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As an entrepreneur, bestselling author, and mother, Kate Northrup has built a multimedia digital platform called The Origin Company that reaches hundreds of thousands globally. She’s committed to supporting ambitious women to light up the world without burning themselves out. Kate teaches data and soul-driven time and energy management practices that result in saving time, making more money, and experiencing less stress. She’s the author of Money: A Love Story and Do Less and the creator of the Do Less Planner System. Kate’s work has been featured by The Today Show, Yahoo! Finance, Women’s Health, Glamour, The NY Times, Harvard Business Review, and more. She lives with her husband and their daughters in Miami.
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