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November 2, 2023 38 mins

In this first episode of Unserious, J.B. and Molly speak with design leader and coach Courtney Kaplan about practical ways to manage creativity and personal growth during a particularly difficult time in the workplace. She shares advice from founding design operations at Facebook, highlights how leaders can create safe spaces for their teams and manage stress effectively. Finally, Courtney discusses coaching and the benefits it can bring from navigating fast-paced work environments to working toward larger personal transformations.

“The promise of being your best self or transforming that self - people get excited about those promises. But the truth is that true transformation comes from practical ways of being a little bit different over time.” - Courtney Kaplan

00:00 - Intro
03:02 - What’s keeping creative people up at night?
06:30 - Demonstrating value to the business
12:24 - Hire, Fire, Boss!
15:24 - Creativity through structure
25:44 - Navigating stress and finding moments of calm
27:56 - Transformational coaching
35:58 - Wrap-up

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