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saying no

The Power of Saying NO… to Say YES

Say YES to Your Leadership Vision

I was saying No a lot to friends and family when I was studying for my Masters Degree in Adult Education and working full-time. I’ve said No to great client projects to have time …

public speaking

7 Must Do’s for Facilitating a Meeting

By request… the skills every professional needs

While traveling around the province offering Facilitation Skills for Collaboration to the health care leaders this month, participants asked me to create a post diving into the fundamental skills each person needs to lead a meeting or …

perfectionist

Are You a Selfish Coward?

A new view of perfectionists.

That’s exactly what marketing guru and best-selling author Seth Godin called perfectionists on a recent Boiling Point podcast.

Wow. 

As a recovering perfectionist, I started to take offence.

Then I realized that he was …

build leaders

Saving the Day Can Hurt the Company

Build Leaders Instead

Have you ever thought it was just easier to do it yourself?

How’s that working for you? Getting tired? Overwhelmed?

I totally understand. Passionate managers and entrepreneurs have a specific vision for their organizations. We want things done …

asking for help

Asking for Help Sucks

Until It Doesn’t

I’d like to be some sort of super woman who doesn’t have to ask anyone else for help. Sound familiar?

Do you hate asking for help too?

Running a business is like its own personal growth program. …

happiness

The ROI of Happiness

Happiness is part of your bottom line equation

Years ago when I offered self-esteem training for teens and their parents, we did muscle testing to show the connection between what you were thinking and your physical strength. When someone felt …

teach me

Everyone Has Something to Teach You

And Me

Once we have so many years under our belts, it’s easy to think that we have the answers. This is especially true if you have the role of subject matter expert. Maybe you’re the accountant, the lawyer, the …

anger

Reached Your Boiling Point?

3 Ways to Cool It

We likely have said, done, or emailed something in anger that we wished we hadn’t. We are human. But there are ways to help us all cool it when the conversation gets hot.

No one …

staff training

Staff Training Strategies that Work

Part 1 – Start with a Goal

Sometimes I am asked to adult education-ify existing staff training – usually it’s a series of lectures masquerading as training.

Creating effective staff training with measure results starts at the beginning of development. …

sorry

If You’re Still Breathing, It’s Not Too late

Take the High Road

A few years ago, there was a work situation with high drama that caused a lot of meetings, stressful conversations, and grief.

I did my best to take the high road as project manager and respectfully …

email

Afraid You’re Being Ignored?

3 Simple Ways to Ensure People Will Read Your Email

Email is a tool that you either love or hate. But either way, it isn’t going away any time soon. In fact, studies show we spend 17 hours per week …

Asking Questions

The Power of Asking Questions

How to Stop Giving Advice and Start Helping

Do you ever feel the urge to give people advice? Even when they don’t ask for it? I… um… ahem…no… ahhh… I never do that. (insert photo of my nose growing like …

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