Emotional Health

Learn to say no so you can say yes to success

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For most women, no is a word we struggle with. We’ve been socialized to put the needs of others ahead of ourselves, to say yes to opportunities, and always to jump in and help others. But yes is a dangerous word, especially if you’re a business owner. It can lead you down distracting paths, encourage you to make short-sighted …

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Creativity is the secret sauce of negotiation

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Whether it’s for a new job, a partnership, or for a conversation with your family, creativity is the secret sauce that helps us to navigate a difficult conversation to find a mutually beneficial solution. Creativity is the factor that sets a negotiation apart from simply offering concessions or compromises. Curious? Let me tell you about …

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Manage your energy to reduce anxiety around negotiation

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Let’s be honest, there is nothing fun about the leadup to a negotiation. Just like most uncomfortable conversations, the leadup to it can be worse than the actual conversation itself. So as you approach it, I want to encourage you to match the effort you put into building your negotiation strategy with the effort you …

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Why I’m done setting goals. Instead of changing the channel, I’m tuning in.

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Can you feel it? The euphoria of the new year. The beginning of January always comes with so many dreams, intentions, and aspirations. This is going to be THE year for me. The year I will get everything I dream of – and finally become the person I want to be. I don’t know about …

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I’m setting boundaries and ditching my guilt

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“Stop dreaming of changing the world through institutions, and start doing it through people.” I wrote this to myself about 6 months ago, and came across it as I was flipping through my journal recently. For me, it’s a statement of profound wisdom. It’s also one that is guiding me to make some pretty important …

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Women leaders are burning out and that sets everyone back

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Women are rising to the moment as stronger leaders, but their work is going unrecognized. This is one of the most disturbing findings in the 2021 Women in the Workplace report that McKinsey & Company released this week. During the past 18 months, women have stepped deeply into the messy part of leadership – into …

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