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Navigating the matrix: Using Heartstyles to leverage organisational structure

Most businesses understand the importance of aligning their structure to their strategy. But structure doesn't just shape the org chart - it also shapes people...

Author

Sandra Bullen – Chief Marketing Officer

Leadership Team

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...

Author

Dr. Mara Klemich – Founder & Consulting Psychologist

Approval seeking Leadership Developing

Taking responsibility to heart: Why culture holds the key to transforming financial services

In the coming years, the winners in the finance space will be those who can learn from the past to meet the demands of the future. Merely complying with regulations won’t be enough. Instead, organisations will need to look to their cultures as an engine of transformation. Here we explore why change is needed and what it’s likely to look like…

Author

Sandra Bullen – Chief Marketing Officer

Culture Team Leadership

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...

Author

Ross Orwin – Client Services Director

Leadership Team Culture

The influences on today's workplace

Demographic shift means employers often have three, or even four generations working side by side within their organisations. To bring out the best in all of them, it's vital to understand how the norms of their respective eras have shaped their attitudes - and the way they work.

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Carly Morgan – UK Client Relationship Director

Developing Leadership Team Wellness Character Approval seeking

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...

Author

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?

Author

Dr. Mara Klemich – Founder & Consulting Psychologist

Leadership Stories Sarcastic

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.

Author

Dr. Mara Klemich – Founder & Consulting Psychologist

Leadership Humility Authentic Transforming

What's wrong with a little competition? Plenty, actually.

Competition. It's the force that – perhaps more than any other - shapes the world around us. Which is why it often comes as a surprise to discover that competitiveness is among the most harmful traits for anyone - especially a leader - to have.

Author

Dr. Mara Klemich – Founder & Consulting Psychologist

Leadership Competitive Character

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?

Author

Stephen Klemich – Founder

Leadership Team Competitive Stories

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.

Author

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...

Author

Dr. Mara Klemich – Founder & Consulting Psychologist

Authentic Team Stories Dependent Coaching Avoiding Striving Leadership Culture

How do leaders create safe places?

We believe the number one principle for a leader is to create a safe place. Effective leaders breathe life into the environment by making it a safe place for team members to express opinions and ideas, to disagree and push back...

Author

Stephen Klemich – Founder

Leadership Culture Humility Achieving Avoiding Sarcastic

From managing the employee experience to managing the employee lifestyle experience

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected everyone differently. What do organisations do when a contingency plan of ‘expect the unexpected’ falls short of offering practical advice for employees on how to deal with the crisis at hand?

Author

Sandra Bullen – Chief Marketing Officer

Culture Leadership Team Wellness

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.

Author

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.

Author

Sandra Bullen – Chief Marketing Officer

Love Leadership

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.

Author

Sandra Bullen – Chief Marketing Officer

Avoiding Sarcastic Stories Leadership