As leaders, we often find ourselves in the trap of reactive busyness. Our time is under attack, from meetings, emails, and ever-present smartphones. But, if we want to get perspective and assess and enhance our business decisions, we need to take time to reflect. Time to daydream. Time to rest and recuperate.
Juliet Funt is the CEO of WhiteSpace at Work, a very successful company that works with a lot of the Fortune 500, including some of the world’s top brands, such as Nike, P&G, Wells Fargo, Hershey’s and Hyatt. Juliet is an expert in something called white space, which helps organizations retrieve their talented teams from beneath piles of crushing to-dos and relentless task assaults.
She has managed to build her business while living abroad with her family, living the dream of following her passion, creating an empire, and traveling the world at the same time. In this episode, Juliet shares with us how COVID has caused her to circle back to speaking for money, how she builds and operates a business while on the road with her family, and why everybody thinks she has already written a book. She defines white space and explains why it is important, as well as why it is her mission to reinsert it into the lives of working people everywhere. Make sure not to miss this episode!
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Key Points From This Episode:
- Juliet introduces herself, how she began her speaking career after attending drama classes.
- From speaking on eating disorders and body image to addressing busyness and scheduling.
- Juliet now views herself as an entrepreneur, after being a speaker for more than 20 years.
- Youth and education led to talking on overload, which led to speaking on white space, which led to scaling and building a company.
- Scaling a personal brand into a business and personal branding into business branding.
- Juliet and her family have spent two years on the road, the ultimate white space application.
- When Juliet learned about world schooling, it inspired her to travel the world with her family.
- How Juliet has operated the business while working remotely by earning as she travels.
- Because of COVID, Juliet has been speaking for money again, doing presentations to help people with work from home efficiency.
- How Juliet got her book deal and why everybody thinks she has already written a book.
- Juliet defines white space as a strategic pause between activities and how we have filled it.
- Juliet’s mission is to reinsert white space into the working lives of professionals everywhere.
- The word white space came from the days of paper calendars – where are the blank spaces?
- What if you took those few minutes a day to assess and enhance your business decisions?
- People with a more regimented, scheduled approach can start with two minutes per day.
- Working from home or living at work? Juliet cautions against working 24/7 because you can.
- Juliet recommends a disconnected vacation to access deep white space and perspective.
and so much more!
“We define white space as strategic pause taken between activities. It is the open, fluid, flexible, unscheduled time that used to be in between things in life and now has gotten filled, by busyness and cell phones and tech addiction and all the things that we cram in.” — @whitespaceatwrk [0:20:51]We define white space as strategic pause taken between activities. It is the open, fluid, flexible, unscheduled time that used to be in between things in life and now has gotten filled, by busyness and cell phones and tech… Click To Tweet
“We have the dopamine from our devices, we have caffeine, we have energy, we have passion, we have a lot of different ways that we can goose up adrenaline to keep going, but the price paid at some point will arrive for never turning it off.” — @whitespaceatwrk [0:30:13]We have the dopamine from our devices, we have caffeine, we have energy, we have passion, we have a lot of different ways that we can goose up adrenaline to keep going, but the price paid at some point will arrive for never turning… Click To Tweet
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About Juliet Funt
Juliet Funt is the founder and CEO of WhiteSpace at Work and a trusted advisor to Fortune 500 companies on how to thrive in the Age of Overload in which we all live and work.
A warrior against busyness in the modern workplace that saps our creativity, productivity and engagement, Funt is a force for change in organizations around the world. She empowers overwhelmed leaders and employees to redefine their definition of productivity, revamp their workflows and reclaim “white space” — strategic pausing and thinking time — that is essential for high performance.
Through training and consulting, Funt is an evangelist for unburdening talent from low-value busywork and unleashing their full potential. She has worked with major international organizations such as Spotify, In-N-Out Burger, National Geographic, Anthem, Abbott, American Express, P&G, Costco, Pepsi, Nike, Wells Fargo, Sephora, Sysco, Hershey’s, Hyatt and ESPN, helping them save on average $1,000,000 annually for every 50 employees.
When she is not speaking at premiere industry-leading associations and events like Global Leadership Summit, Leadercast or the Nordic Business Forum, Funt spends time with her family traveling the world and working remotely. She is currently in New Zealand. For more information, please visit whitespaceatwork.com.
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