Kat Newport on embracing resilience, grounded optimism, emotional bounceback, and creative expression (#50)


We’re rolling out the red carpet for an all-new episode of Her HypeSquad with Bosstrack! 

In this episode, we dive deep with Kat Newport, a mastermind in flipping conflict into growth, a visionary author, and the founder of Oculus, Inc.

We talk about resilience, anchoring in optimism, mastering the art of emotional rebound, and the power of unleashing your creative spirit. Get ready to be inspired, enlightened, and perhaps, even see the world a little differently. 

Contact Kat

LinkedIn: ⁠@Kat-Newport

About Kat

Kat Newport, an Associate Certified Coach (ACC), and Certified Change Practitioner (CCP) is the visionary Founder of Oculus Inc. and author of the upcoming book, ‘Smart Conflict: Turning Disputes into Growth Opportunities.’

With a passionate mission to harness conflict as a catalyst for growth and innovation, Kat empowers individuals and organizations to thrive. Her charismatic approach, rooted in the values of authenticity, resiliency, and momentum, specializes in leadership and conflict management, creating lasting positive impact on all collaborators.

Kat boasts national director-level leadership in quality assurance, project management and organizational development, shaping comprehensive training programs and individually coaching and transforming countless leaders.


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[02:53] Kat introduces herself to the audience
[03:58] Resiliency as it relates to people’s professional careers
[04:48] Kat provides her experience in using resilience to overcome a challenge
[05:52] Seeing a seemingly difficult situation as an opportunity
[08:03] Leaning into your support network during challenging times
[09:29] Defining grounded optimism
[12:06] Using honesty and realism to build trust and professional credibility
[13:56] Balancing optimism with a sense of realism
[14:38] Addressing fear in your team and the emotions that come up with failure
[16:14] Using the 80/20 rule to prioritize life
[19:29] How to think about failure in a positive way
[23:23] How resilience differs for men and women
[26:02] Overcoming the bossy or aggressive narrative
[28:59] How to respond to something after you’ve had time to think
[31:46] Defining positive conflict
[33:56] Resilience can be learned over time
[36:14] Managing through the feeling of fear
[37:31] Activities that can help to normalize fear
[41:52] Using creativity to get used to taking risks
[43:14] Introduction to Kat’s book – Smart Conflict: Turning Disputes into Growth Opporunities
[45:50] The mentor that has made a significant impact in Kat’s career
[47:27] The routine that Kat does every day that helps with her mental well-being
[50:06] The song Kat listens to when she needs a confidence or energy boost
[50:46] The one thing Kat purchased <$100 that has made a difference in her life
[52:19] The book Kat recommends that the audience read
[53:18] The final piece of advice/inspiration that Kat wants to leave everyone with
[54:07] Where you can find/contact Kat Newport


“Resiliency within a professional setting is the ability to set goals, adapt, actively engage in self-care…remain persistent while flourishing during challenges, and the whole time mitigating negative consequences.”

“When people say optimism, and you think of optimism in the workplace, sometimes it can go a little bit to the unicorn and rainbow side of things. Grounded optimism is not quite that effervescent…It’s the maintenance of a positive and hopeful outlook while still being rooted in reality.”

“Positive conflict…starts with the self. What is it in me that’s reacting to this situation?”

“Engage in that self-compassion…be careful that you’re not ‘should-ing’ on yourself.”

“Be creative every day…paint, draw, make music, dance, write something, be creative.”

“Embrace your power and your voice…putting the mute on yourself isn’t helping that leadership journey.”

“Accept failure and adapt from it…It means that didn’t work so great. And you’re going to do it better next time.”





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