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Mastering Tough Conversations, Hiring for EQ, and Creating a Culture of Belonging with Katia Pryce

Season 1, Ep. 15

Ten years ago – with very little business knowledge under her belt – professional dancer Katia Pryce set out to build a company focused on community, quality, and empathy. In this week’s episode, the Dancebody founder shares everything she’s learned along the way —  including leaning into tough conversations, training employees for EQ, and balancing intuition against metrics. Katia spills how she takes intimidating subject matter — dance — and hooks even the most skeptical new learners through empathy and inclusivity. Plus, the mom-to-be gets real about what sharing her pregnancy in a very public way was like (hello, 30M viral views!) and how she handled internet trolls. This episode is packed with hard-earned knowledge that any entrepreneur or people manager can majorly benefit from!

In this episode we talk about:

  • How to build meaningful community (which everyone wants but few actually execute)
  • Why EQ is the most important employee quality, and exactly how Katia measures it when hiring
  • How to balance the push-and-pull of intuition and data as an entrepreneur
  • What to look for — and avoid — when selecting a co-founder
  • Why it’s critical to learn the parts of your business that don’t come naturally (and what might happen if you don’t)
  • Why going to bed angry is sometimes the best thing you can do for your work relationships
  • The science behind why everyone should make time to work out — in community
  • The key to choosing a career that won’t lead to burnout

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