Leadership

Learn to say no so you can say yes to success

Joanne holds a sign that says: No!

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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Negotiation runs deep for me: remembering Baba

A group of 8 women are posing for a photo. The women are dressed for work in a factory. Joanne's Baba is wearing a dark jumpsuit, identifying her as a leader. These women were riveters on B-52 bombers in Toronto during WWII.

Stubborn. Obstinate. I’ve been called worse. But I definitely came by those accusations honestly. It’s a thing in my family – at least on my dad’s side. My great-grandmother lived to 103, and my grandparents to 91 and 92. I think it was because they were stubborn, persistent people who had worked hard their whole …

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I’m setting boundaries and ditching my guilt

A woman is standing at the edge of a forest, holding a cup of coffee and looking very relaxed as she looks up at the sky.

“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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