Category Archives: Leadership

Here’s how to get what you want from difficult people

To deal with difficult people, first recognize that difficult people are simply people who don’t feel safe.

Psychological safety is a technical-sounding term that is getting thrown around a lot recently. Google discovered that psychological safety was the one thing that was present in productive teams. When psychological safety wasn’t present, teams...

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Five rude emails you send without realizing it

Even the most likeable and well-mannered among us can still look like jerks in an email. Writing an email that comes across just like you do in person is a fine art. During a conversation, you adjust your tone, facial expression, gestures and posture in order to fit the mood of what you’re conveying. You do...
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6 Ways To Be More Persuasive

A few weeks ago, Kelly brought up the importance of asking for what you want. While she totally inspired us to step up and speak our minds, she also got us wondering: Are there any tricks to effectively winning over your audience to ensure that in addition to asking for what you want, you actually get it? I dusted off my old college...
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7 Struggles Every Extrovert Understands

In our hyper-social culture, which tends to favor outgoing personalities (not to mention nonstop connectivity and networking), there's an unfortunate stigma that surrounds introverts; it’s generally perceived as less advantageous to be one. But as it turns out, extroverts (myself included) face an entirely different set of social struggles and judgments:

1. You’re apparently not allowed to...

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The Introvert’s Guide to Speaking Up in Meetings

Imagine this: You walk into a meeting, sit down, and share your awesome ideas without ever feeling self conscious or overwhelmed. As a self-proclaimed introvert, I know firsthand that this isn’t always how things go down, even though it might be what we want to happen. Entering a big meeting full of people sharing thoughts can be...
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How To Correct A Coworker Without Sounding Like A Jerk

Ever tried to correct someone, only for them to ignore or get mad at you? Yeah, it’s never a pleasant experience — especially when you have to see that person eight hours a day, five days a week. Sometimes, it’s better to let the mistake slide. For example, if your coworker mispronounced the CEO’s name in...
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How to Develop in Your Career by Working with a Mentor

A good mentor should be supportive but also prepared to challenge your thinking and perspective. Ideally your mentor can suspend judgment and encourage you to reflect on a range of options. Rapport is essential in establishing a relationship that is open and honest so you will experience maximum benefit from the mentoring. It should work something like this:
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Introvert Leaders Don’t Have To Be In Charge To Have Power

Power. In these days of self-enlightenment and claiming our power and being empowered, do we collectively know what that means? Even if we know, do we know how to get it as introvert leaders? Especially, if no one anoints you as the fearless leader or you wake up as royalty? Must power be handed to us? Where...
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