The Sensational Shift with Susan Bernstein, MBA, PhD
What shift do you want to make in your career? Let's get you moving!

Is it bad to feel your emotions at work?

I used to work 70, 80…even 100 hours a week as a management consultant, advising healthcare companies on their strategies. Rounding up financial information from all sorts of sources, politely pestering company employees for information, then analyzing reams data, and making spiffy PowerPoint presentations of my findings. Zippy-fast, I’d brief the senior members of our team on our recommendations for … Read More

Why doesn’t everyone care as much about work as you do?

“Why am I the only one at work who gives a damn what happens here?”Jennifer asked me. I heard the desperation in this high tech marketing director’s voice. She called out with a fervent plea for help. Jennifer went on to say, “It’s like the other people around me in my office are just going through the motions. Like sleepwalking. … Read More

Thank you gift for Experience Unlimited participants

It was a joy to meet everyone at the June 2 Experience Unlimited meeting! As promised, I’ve got a free gift for you. It’s a copy of “How to Shift the Interview from an Interrogation to a Conversation.” This is part of the 100+ page ebook I wrote, Interviewing Authentically, that includes 24 exercises to prepare you to interview with power and … Read More

Can yoga make you more peaceful & prosperous at work?

I can’t contort myself like a pretzel. I’ve never worn any Lululemon attire. I can’t take more than a tiny whiff of incense without sneezing. But yoga is front and center in my life — and it’s made me peaceful and prosperous.  Yoga is so important to me that this past weekend, I became a Kundalini yoga teacher, following an intense … Read More

The Real Reason You’re Not Making a Career Shift

As a career coach, I have the pleasure of supporting people to make meaningful changes in their work. But often, before they move into work careers they love, they’ve got to move past a barrier that’s standing in their way. You know that you’ve got a barrier to change if you’re making comments like this: “I can’t stand my job. … Read More

Six Keys to a Successful Career Change

While leading a career reinvention workshop last weekend at the Esalen Institute, a participant asked me a juicy, deep question about career change: “In your 10 years of experience coaching people in career change, what patterns do you see in the people who are most successful in making the transition?” After 10 years of coaching over 2,500 professionals to shift … Read More

The surprising cure for perfectionism and procrastination

Do certain projects trigger your perfectionistic streak and make you procrastinate? If so, I’ve discovered an unexpected way to get past the blocks — so you can get the tough stuff done. This quick story illustrates how to shift out of perfectionistic procrastination “How’s your resume coming along, Beth?” I asked. Silence. Then I heard a gulp. “I haven’t worked on it. … Read More

8 Ways to Find a Workplace with Heart + Soul

Is it possible to work with caring, highly skilled communicators, who actually give a damn about doing the best work possible, and connecting with you in a meaningful way? If this sounds like believing in Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, or unicorns — I understand. Many of us, myself included, have noble aspirations for doing good through our work. But … Read More

We desperately need this kind of LOVE at work

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 swirl and twirl and bump and grind — whether we … Read More

How to break through the fears that hold you back from making a career change

It was my first career reinvention coaching session with Simon. Within the first five minutes, he laid out at least five things that worried him about shifting into a new job. “What if we have to move our family and they hate the new place? Will my daughter flounder if we she has to change to yet another school? What … Read More

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