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Susan Bernstein
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Susan Bernstein, MBA PhD, loves to awaken the working world to a higher level of consciousness. I support smart, highly accomplished professionals -- who are also emotionally sensitive -- to build the resilience and results they desire in their work.

Susan blends strategic sense with psychological insights gleaned over nearly two decades in executive development, marketing, and management consulting roles at leading companies including Franklin-Covey, Intel, and Accenture. She has worked with professionals from a wide range of leading companies, including Kaiser Permanente, Charles Schwab, Hewlett-Packard, Intuit, Oracle, Wells Fargo, and Visa.

Susan is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, where she received an MBA, and earned an MA in Clinical Psychology and a PhD in Somatic Psychology from the Chicago School for Professional Psychology. Connect with Susan on her website at

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What Are You Grateful for... in Your Career?

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 7:11 PM

I'm curious, and would love to hear from you.

What are you grateful for in your career?

It's Thanksgiving time here in the U.S. It's a holiday where we reflect on our gratitude.

After witnessing so much violence and destruction in the news lately, it's easy to lose track of...

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Dear Manager: A Manifesto for Conscious Employees

(5) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 5:11 PM

To prevent toxic work, would you give your manager a letter like this?

I recently asked for feedback on a survey, with the key question: What makes a workplace "toxic" for you?

In just two days, nearly 75 people answered the question. A few...

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Stayed Too Long in Work That Doesn't Fit? Fix It!

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 11:12 AM

It breaks my heart when people tell me they don't like their work.

So, as a career and leadership coach, I always ask, "So, what are you doing to create work you truly want to be doing?"

Too often, the answer is, "Well, nothing."

They're paralyzed.


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Feel Like Crying at Work? Here's Why That's Fine

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 9:44 AM

You're not supposed to cry at work, right?

But there's a particular situation that can make almost any smart, hard-working professional burst into tears on the job.

I call this instance of moist eyes and sobbing at work "The Big Delta."

The Big Delta happened to me a number of...

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We Desperately Need This Kind of Love at Work

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 3:27 PM

Last night, I went to a dance class that got me thinking about love at work.

I practice a dance form called Soul Motion -- a moving meditation, set to high-energy music. It's facilitated in a way where we dancers are invited to be conscious of our movement, as we...

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The Most Important Career Decision You'll Ever Make...

(6) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 9:56 AM

If you're at a career crossroads and considering whether to leave your job this year, your fulfillment rests on one decision.

What is that crucial decision?

Which path will you follow?

The "should" path? Or the "want to" path?

Choose carefully. Which path you traverse really matters.

The "Should" Path

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How Do I Make People Like Me?

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 6:23 PM

Do you want people to like you?

Most of us want to be liked, despite Hugh MacLeod's guidance: "The best way to get approval is not to need it."

If you're the kind of person who likes to be liked, I've got a non-conventional story with...

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Don't Shoot the Second Arrow!

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 3:55 PM

I recently learned a great question that's reducing my need to complain or suffer, and I want to share it with you:

"Do you really need to shoot the second arrow?"

If you've ever had something upsetting or disappointing happen, and then you complain, rage, or otherwise wish...

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Confessions to My Body

(19) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 7:48 AM

Dear Body:

I'm so, so sorry. It's taken me years to realize that I've treated you badly.

I don't just mean eating all that heavy, buttery, sugary food over the holidays. Nor am I talking about lazily sitting on the couch, avoiding any form of exercise.

Yes, those things are...

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If You Have a Busy Mind and Can't Meditate, Try This

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 1:35 PM

I wish I had a quiet mind. But in general, I don't.

Sometimes, my mind feels like an enormous noisy hall filled with thousands of busy bouncing balls. Urgent tasks lurk inside each ball, and I'm worried about which ones need my attention first. As I try to figure out...

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I Owe My Livelihood to My Body. (No, Not in That Way) .

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 2:06 PM

How do you navigate your way to work that fits?

As I look back on my career journey so far, I'm grateful for my dear body's wisdom. Maybe you're like me, with a mind that refuses to move you out of life-sapping work.

My heart and gut ultimately became...

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The Shift That Will Make 2014 Sensational for You

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 2:55 PM

Here we stand, in the new year, 2014. We all know what that means, right?

It's time to set New Year's resolutions.

Ugh! Really? Who wants to write a bland list of resolutions?

Not me. If we're at all like me, the idea of setting resolutions lands for you like...

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How to Access Much More of Your Sensational Wisdom

(2) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 3:05 PM

"I wish I was smarter," Barbara confided in me.

I was baffled. Barbara earned a Ph.D. in physics and manages a huge division of a Fortune 500 company. Her job requires massive intellect.

So I asked: "If you were smarter, what would be different, Barbara?"

"I'd actually listen to...

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3 Ways to Step Outside Your Comfort Zone More Easily

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 11:10 AM

If a fairy godmother could make something in your life appear that's not currently appearing, what would it be?

A better job? A new relationship? Greater peace with yourself?

Well, if you find that fairy godmother, tell her I'd love her to wave her magic wand over me, too, and...

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You MustHave This One Ability Before Making a Big Career Change

(1) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 6:37 PM

I know how awful it is to feel stuck in work that doesn't fit.

I'm sorry if you're doing soul-deadening work that drains you, day after day. It's hard for me to watch your lifeless expression when your work feels like a grind. Sometimes, I want to cry knowing that...

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Why Looking for a Job Online Is Bass-Ackwards (and What You Need to Do to Be Happily Hired)

(20) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 11:30 AM

I have a big soft spot in my heart for people who are "between jobs." That's a term I much prefer to "unemployed," and maybe you do, too, especially if that's your current situation, right?

So, whether you're looking for work, or know someone who is, I've gotta tell you,...

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Declare Your Independence Where It Matters: At Work

(4) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 11:57 AM

Wednesday will be Independence Day in the United States

Regardless of where you are in the world. I want to help you gain independence for something that truly matters: Your career.

I know how awful it can be to feel stuck in work that drives you...

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3 Simple Steps to Create Work You'll Love

(36) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 12:28 PM

Do Sunday nights fill you with the dread of "back to work Monday?" Do you want to hide under the covers when the alarm goes off each weekday? Surveys show that upwards of 70 percent of us have "resigned" ourselves to unengaging, numbing work.

But it...

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