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‘Sarcasm is holding me back? Yeah, right!’ Overcoming a hidden hurdle to leadership

For many of us, sarcasm isn't so much a character trait as a cultural norm. It underpins huge amounts of our humour. And nothing brings people together like a good laugh, right?

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Dr. Mara Klemich – Founder & Consulting Psychologist

The key to growth? Breaking your vows

Developing strength of character increases our capacity to choose effective behaviours - even under stress. Unfortunately, it's not just the stresses of the present we have to contend with. Often, experiences in our past can drive us below the line...

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Dr. Mara Klemich – Founder & Consulting Psychologist

There's more to heart than being 'nice': Why discomfort is vital to growth

We know very well that discomfort is part of the parcel of character development. And it doesn't always feel 'nice'. In fact, some behaviours we might think of as 'nice' are actually manifestations of fear and pride...

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Dr. Mara Klemich – Founder & Consulting Psychologist

What do we mean by 'character development'?

If you spend any time dealing with Heartstyles (and we hope you will) you'll notice we're quick to remind people that we're not here to profile personalities. Instead, our mission is to develop character...

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Sandra Bullen – Chief Marketing Officer

Why striving/perfectionism gets in the way of self-growth

In our modern world, it can seem that high paced action is rewarded. Do more. Be more. Have more. Striving can be how we prove to the world that we’re 'good enough.' But this also comes with a price...

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Dr. Mara Klemich – Founder & Consulting Psychologist

What does it mean to be 'above the line'?

At Heartstyles, we spend a lot of time thinking about 'the line'. Our founders, Stephen and Mara Klemich, have dedicated their careers to helping others get above it. But what exactly is this line? And what does it mean to be above it?

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Sandra Bullen – Chief Marketing Officer

How does Heartstyles help leaders?

Whether an organisation is fairly flat or more hierarchically structured, the behaviour of its leaders will inform the way everyone operates...

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Ross Orwin – Client Services Director

Spotting the difference between a competitor and an achiever

What drives successful people? All too often we're conditioned to believe it's their competitive nature - their innate need to rise above the rest - that pushes them forward. But there's a big difference between competing and achieving...

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Dr. Mara Klemich – Founder & Consulting Psychologist

Why should leaders be teachable?

I believe a really important principle in leadership is being teachable. Effective leaders are humble, self-aware and willing to learn from others—no matter their age or position.

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Dr. Mara Klemich – Founder & Consulting Psychologist

Compassion not judgement

We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behaviour… Heartstyles helps people to become their best selves. That means facing up to behaviours that may not be helping ourselves or those around us.

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Stephen Klemich – Founder