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Heidi Lynne Kurter, Workplace Culture Consultant

Our latest Accomplished Peeps interview features Heidi Lynne Kurter, Workplace Culture Consultant, Forbes Contributor, domestic violence advocate, coach, mentor, public speaker... the list goes on and on. Heidi is a true entrepreneur with a vibrant energy that is not only transmitted beautifully through her words but is seen in the way she leads remotely. Part of her mission in the work she does is to build inclusive workplace cultures that help break down the barriers that are present in our remote world.

As a Forbes Senior Contributor, Heidi writes about workplace culture and leadership strategy; she loves that she gets to exercise her passion for what she does daily through writing, as well as through her coaching, consulting, and speaking work. As a workplace culture consultant, Heidi helps companies dismantle their toxic workplaces and create workplace cultures where everyone feels included, valued, respected, and welcome. Additionally, she also provides leadership coaching to new and tenured leaders and helps them build trust and strengthen relationships with their employees.

Let's dive in and explore Heidi's world of remote leading just a little more.👇

What does a typical workday looks like for you?

After my morning routine, I reference my to-do list that I made the night before. Then, I check emails. I have some days mapped out for writing and creating and others for client/team/networking calls. On the days that I write and create, I record podcast episodes, create content, draft/write/edit/publish Forbes articles, write a chapter for my book, etc... My call days are about connecting with humans whether they pay me, I pay them or we're wanting to get to know each other better!

Describe the layout and feel of your personal workspace.

My standing desk faces the window which overlooks the city. On my desk, I have a salt rock lamp, plants, candles, a notebook, and a vision board of pictures of people, places, and things that light me up (friends, Berlin, Germany, Boston, MA, a house on the lake, inspirational quotes, etc...). The most important part of my personal workspace is my corgi puppy, Benny. As silly as it sounds, he's my "why" for why I keep pushing forward. I love taking him on road trips and adventures and let's be real, he has me wrapped around his furry little paw, so all my money goes to him living his best life haha! He loves cuddling up on my lap, at my feet, or jumping up behind me to say "hi" when I'm on video calls.

What's one habit or ritual you need to start and finish your day and why is it non-negotiable for you?

I always start my day with journaling and listening to podcasts or audiobooks by Brené Brown or someone else I look up to while drinking my morning smoothie followed by green tea matcha. Then, I take Benny out for our first of many walks. I end the day with yoga, reading, and making my to-do list for the next day.

How does your team use asynchronous communication to stay in the loop while working remotely?

My team is big into WhatsApp, so we use WhatsApp to stay connected through texts and voice messages. We use email to send bigger updates and we collaborate in Google Docs.

How do you limit distractions while working from home?

I send the distraction puppy daycare! haha. I keep my phone turned on silent, flipped upside down and out of sight

Is there one particular podcast or Youtube channel that you can't stop listening to or watching?

Two, Modern Love and Brené Brown! I can't get enough of those podcasts!

If you could be doing anything else than what you're doing, what would it be?

Good question. I love what I do, honestly. If I HAD to choose, it would be traveling full-time without a care in the world or living at the lake and writing books for a living

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Connect with Heidi on LinkedIn, or, learn more about Heidi and how you can work with her on her website.