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Marcia Sirota

Author, speaker, coach and MD

Marcia Sirota is an author, speaker, coach and psychiatrist. She's the founder of the Ruthless Compassion Institute, whose mandate is to help people have better relationships, be happier and create good habits.
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The Most Effective Managers Are Kind, Not Nice

Even though the workplace is not the same as the home, and even though the people at work aren't our family, when we're grouped together day after day with the same individuals, we human beings naturally have family-type reactions to one-another. In other words, interpersonal dynamics at work will often mirror familial ones.
10/18/2016 07:49 EDT
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Learning To Communicate With Your Teen

Teens need to feel connected to their parents if they're going to open up to them, but it's harder these days for teens to connect. Social media makes it easier to be isolated and disconnected from parents and peers, as teens can opt to plug in to their technology and stay plugged in, rather than build real-life relationships.
09/28/2016 11:39 EDT
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Grace VanderWaal Deserved To Win AGT, But Should She Have?

I think that Grace VanderWaal is really special, and I would have preferred it if the big success could have been delayed a bit, so that she could have maintained her innocence for just a little while longer and enjoyed the rest of her childhood. And is Las Vegas the place that any decent parent wants their twelve-year-old hanging out in?
09/16/2016 03:39 EDT
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What It Takes To Raise A Teenager

Parents need to walk that fine line between allowing their teens to fail and make mistakes, so that they can learn from these experiences, and keeping them from being self-destructive or self-defeating. It's important that teens see that their actions have consequences and learn from their own experiences what works for them and what doesn't work. The parents' role is to make sure that the consequences to their teen aren't so severe that there's no coming back.
09/13/2016 12:14 EDT
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Ryan Lochte Lied. So What Does That Mean To The Rest Of Us?

Ryan Lochte's lie shows us that often, lying just makes things worse. If we mess up, it's better to just admit it and take the consequences like a grown-up. If we lie to avoid getting into trouble, we can make a lot more trouble for ourselves, in the long run. And if we don't get caught in our lie, that's even worse. We can start to think that we can get away with more bad behaviour, or that lying like this is acceptable.
08/22/2016 05:20 EDT
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Leslie Jones And The Crime Of Shattering Male Expectations

The fact that Ms. Jones loves herself -- the fact of her obvious confidence and the ease with which she speaks her mind -- well, that's an awful affront to the misogynists who expect a "woman like her," i.e. "not pretty enough" or light-skinned enough (in their tiny minds) to stay in the background with her mouth firmly shut.
07/22/2016 04:09 EDT
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Lessons Learned From My Year Of Working Minimally

I'm in great shape, emotionally and physically... I've learned some new tips for balancing all the things that I like to do, and as a result, I'm enjoying my practice in a way that I hadn't been, previously. Taking time away from work has renewed my love for the job and has made me a better therapist, as a result.
06/06/2016 11:28 EDT
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5 Tips To Make Your Children Brilliantly Successful At Work

If you're a caring parent, of course you want the best for your children. You think about their future and want them to be happy, healthy and successful in life. You want them to have good relationships when they grow up; meaningful pastimes and success in whatever job or career they eventually choose. When it comes to their future work life, they'll need important guidance from you, their parents.
05/30/2016 11:41 EDT
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Chewbacca Mom And The Power Of Authenticity

The true power of the video and the reason why so many people watched it, was the fact that Candace Payne was able to laugh out loud without an ounce of self-consciousness. Ms. Payne was willing to look silly online, and I think that this ability to be so authentic and free was the real reason why her video got over 140 million views.
05/27/2016 09:57 EDT
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Raising Your Workplace EQ: The Value Of Creating Connections

Being talented, driven, confident, curious, creative, courageous and ambitious are all necessities if you want to be a success in any field, but they're not enough. The interpersonal component can make or break even the most promising career. The bottom line is that if you don't know how to relate to other people it will be difficult, if not impossible, to succeed in your career.
05/19/2016 12:07 EDT
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The Ambitious Woman's Guide To Finding Love

The right man for an ambitious woman is the type who is inspired, impressed and excited by her achievements and her goals, and who has interests of his own to share with you. He should be supportive and encouraging and never make you feel guilty about the time and energy you spend at work.
05/13/2016 03:12 EDT
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The Problem With Seeing Only What We Want To See

I can think of many times when I ignored what I saw in a person or a situation. Initially, it seems so much easier to see what we prefer to see, rather than face the unpleasant truth of what's actually there. Still, what I've realized is that no matter how difficult it is to acknowledge the signs of trouble in our relationships or environment, it's always better to do so.
05/09/2016 09:39 EDT