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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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Creativity is the secret sauce of negotiation

A nature scene, with rocks, trees, and mountains reflected in the Bow River in Canmore, Alberta.

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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Watch out for urgency as a tactic in negotiation

A woman looks urgently at her watch, which reads 4:42 pm

Have you ever felt rushed through a negotiation? Where the timelines that are provided don’t really give you enough space to think through the implications of what you’re agreeing to? You’re not alone. Time is frequently manipulated as a tactic by experienced negotiators – and if you’re not prepared to overcome an imposed sense of …

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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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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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