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Reaching your peak: Heartstyles and the great outdoors

At Heartstyles, we know just how big a role our environment plays in shaping the way we think, feel and behave. That's no surprise given that our co-founder, Stephen Klemich, draws so much of his inspiration from nature...

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Stephen Klemich – Founder

Stories Leadership Team Striving Competitive

‘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

Leadership Stories Sarcastic

The roots of distrust run deep

Ronald was one of the youngest Development Directors in the company—brilliant at what he did, well respected by management, loved by his team of direct reports, but disliked intensely by his peers in the leadership team. Why?

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Stephen Klemich – Founder

Leadership Team Competitive Stories

It’s time to rock the boat

Sally was ready for development but people who worked directly with Sally were left with an overriding sense of someone who had not anywhere near fulfilled her potential. Dr Mara Klemich unpacks Sally's story and how her self-limiting thinking and behavior was holding her back.

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Dr. Mara Klemich – Founder & Consulting Psychologist

Stories Dependent Avoiding

Locked in by loyalty

John was a breath of fresh air. Over the years he formed deep attachments across the business and the management team had become dependent on his support. When it approached the natural time for John to spread his wings it became a deeply emotional situation. Stephen Klemich shares John's story and explores how a positive attachment to what was wanted, got in the way of what was needed.

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Stephen Klemich – Founder

Stories Team Relating Culture Avoiding

True leadership minus the sarcasm

“But I am the way I am because I care—what’s wrong with that?” Stephen Klemich unpacks Jamie's story, and how sarcasm was putting the brakes on his relationships, both at work and closer to home.

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Stephen Klemich – Founder

Sarcasm Leadership Stories Team

The subtle dangers of an over-protective leader

Dr. Mara Klemich shares how even the best of intentions needs to be appropriately focused and how a 'once size fits all' approach can be limiting...

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Dr. Mara Klemich – Founder & Consulting Psychologist

Authentic Team Stories Dependent Coaching Avoiding Striving Leadership Culture

One Heart at a Time: Angie's story of 'letting go'

Angie Clarke, a Field Training Manager at KFC Sydney, was a Heartstyles non-believer. She doubted whether it would have an impact on her and her leadership style. Here she shares with us her personal Heartstyles journey.

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Sandra Bullen – Chief Marketing Officer

Controlling Leadership Stories Sarcastic Relationships Sarcasm Personal life

One Heart at a Time: fast food in perspective

Liu Yong, a Shift Manager for Pizza Hut Singapore, shared with us his experience of being a manager in a fast-paced environment and how ‘Virtual Leading with Heart’ helped to shift his perspective and encouraged him to lead with love.

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Sandra Bullen – Chief Marketing Officer

Love Leadership

Introducing our 'One Heart at a Time' stories

We think the most powerful way to tell a story is to let the person whose story it is tell it. So, over the coming weeks, we will do just that by sharing our ‘One Heart at a Time’ stories, where people around the world who have experienced the Heartstyles programmes share their experiences.

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Sandra Bullen – Chief Marketing Officer

Stories

One Heart at a Time: Ashley’s story of personal development

Ashley Davis, a People Excellence Coach for KFC South Pacific shared with us her experience of Heartstyles and the impact it’s had on her personal development.

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Sandra Bullen – Chief Marketing Officer

Controlling Competitive Relating Relationships Stories

One Heart at a Time: Gabe's story of leadership development

Restaurant General Manager from KFC Florida, Gabe Terrell spoke to us about his experience of Virtual Leading with Heart, and the impact it's had on both his personal and professional development.

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Sandra Bullen – Chief Marketing Officer

Avoiding Sarcastic Stories Leadership