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Five Ways to Say No Without Jeopardizing Your Reputation at Work

April 27, 2012

You’re swamped. Your plate  is full. You are juggling as it is. Then your boss – or someone else at work – asks if you can take on another assignment. What do you do?

You know you should say ‘no’ to this one – but yuck…saying no is right up with your other least favorite things to do…like going to the dentist to get a cavity filled. Well, at least that’s the case for many people including a Globe and Mail reader who sent in a question to the Globe Career’s Ask an Expert Coach feature. 

New! On today’s Globe and Mail career site and in the paper edition:  Read what I wrote to this reader — “Five Ways to Say No Without Jeopardizing Your Reputation at Work”.

Sometimes saying ‘no’ is really saying yes — to being small; risking less than standard work; and more.

Reflect — what are you saying yes to when you shy away from the appropriate times to say ‘no’?

 What are your strategies, tactics, experiences with saying ‘no’ when it is appropriate?

Additional ResourcesSee my Webinar/Workshop page on this blog for a listing of Webinars (free) — including: Are you Addicted to the Yes Habit? As well, a couple more articles related to how to learn to say no from Investment Executive. See Part I and Part II (Investment Executive, March 2012).

Here’s to a TGIM Work + Life.

Eileen

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Do You Need a Title or Authority to be a Leader?

April 24, 2012

A big part of my coaching practice is related to leadership development. I coach leaders – of all levels – to bring the best of themselves to work (and life). My focus is to help individuals (and groups) optimize their personal, professional wellbeing and to recognize the impact they can have on others — and learn a whole bunch of personal/professional skills along the way.

But do you have to be an ‘official’ leader to lead? Do you need the authority to influence? The title – and formal position?

I don’t think you do. Authentic leadership is a skill and not a position. And it is essential for anyone who wants to bring their best to their work and life. 

This is the theme of a workshop I am facilitating tomorrow at the Administrative Professionals Conference in Toronto- called “10 Ways to Lead.”

Here’s a shout-out of thanks to Dr. Gail Levitt of Levitt Communications Inc. who invited me to this particular conference opportunity. Gail is a professional colleague whom I respect greatly – we share this similar philosphy about leadership.

I’ve always believed that leadership is not limited to one’s title. In fact, when I started Big Cheese Coaching in 2003, I chose the name “Big Cheese” to reflect my belief that we can all be ‘Big Cheeses” regardless of our positions if we access and develop our potential and hone our authentic leadership.

Sure there are oodles of skills to learn to be a great leader — and I love diving into those ‘buckets’ — but my message is: we all have a leader within. Own and hone your leadership and you will have a greater chance of leading/living your life by design and not default. Now who wouldn’t want that!?

Here’s to the leader within each of us!

TGIM Work+Life

Eileen

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2,500+ People said Yes…How about YOU?

April 16, 2010

My goodness. I just had word that more than 2,500 people have registered for my upcoming Webinar, hosted by CICA: “Are You Addicted to the Yes Habit?” (April 21 at 12:30 est).  Yikes – and Yay!

This is one time when saying “YES” is the right thing to do IF…

….You find yourself too frequently saying yes when you really want to say no? Can you take on this extra project? Would you join our volunteer committee? We know it’s last minute, but can you organize next week’s meeting?

The ‘Yes Addiction’ can be tiresome and get in the way of your fulfillment and your success. 

This webinar will offer tips and strategies to manage your ‘yes habit’ and learn to say “No” when it matters most — and without the guilt, trepidation and risk of compromising relationships and success. Best of all — it is FREE and open to YOU if interested (courtesy of CICA – thank you CICA!). All you have to do is pre-register online (takes just a moment)

Hope to “see” you there!

To a TGIM worklife!

Eileen

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Webinar Invitation (free): Are You Addicted to the Yes Habit?

April 5, 2010

How often do you find yourself saying yes when you really want to say no? Can you take on this extra project? Would you join our volunteer committee? We know it’s last minute, but can you organize next week’s meeting? Would you like to get together with so and so (someone perhaps you’d rather not)?

The ‘Yes Addiction’ can be tiresome and get in the way of your fulfillment and your success.

INVITATION: CICA is hosting a free webinar: “Are you Addicted to the Yes Habit”, presented by yours truly (Eileen Chadnick), on April 21st at 12:30 EST.  It is open to all – you simply have to register online in advance (takes 20 seconds) and show up.

Details:

One Hour Webinar: Are you Addicted to the Yes Habit? Strategies to tame the “Yes Habit and learn to say “No” when it counts.

Date/Time: April 21st at 12:30 – 1:30 EST

Registration: register online in advance

Hope to ‘see’ you there!

Eileen

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Are You Addicted to the Yes Habit?

June 2, 2009

Revisiting a topic I’ve previously written about in this blog…albeit still important. Are you Addicted to the Yes Habit? Part of ‘assertiveness/EQ fluency’….. see my latest column in CICA’s online newsletter/Careervision.

If you like it or know others who may be interested – please share it. If you are on Twitter – please Retwitter it! And you can follow me on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/Chadnick 

To a TGIM Work-life!

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Workshops: Coaching Skills for Leaders

April 30, 2009

You don’t have to be a full-fledged certified coach to bring coaching skills to the workplace. An increasing number of (smart) organizations recognize this and are training their leaders to develop more coaching competencies that complement their roster of leadership and management skills. A coaching culture inspires better performance, engagement and results!

To that end, I am busy again this spring presenting a series of related workshops to organizatons and conferences. Here’s what I’m up to:

1) ProjectWorld and Business Analyst World (May 12): Coaching Leaders at Work – Fad or Phenomena.

Description: A one-hour primer on coaching for folks working in (or aspiring to) the field of project management. Coaching has become one of the most popular organizational interventions today. What defines coaching? What issues are appropriate for coaches to address  Who can benefit? Who is qualified to coach? What is it to have a coaching culture at work? Read more here.

2) ProjectWorld and Business Analyst World (May 13-14): Coaching Skills for Leaders.

Description: This is a 2-day workshop, that will orient participants to the distinct nature of the coaching philosophy and approach and introduce a variety of skills from the repertoire of the professional coach’s toolbox. Because managing projects is not enough, leaders must inspire their people; develop, support and engage them to actualize their potential to meet employee, team and organizational goals…. Read more here.

3) Customized Workshops: I am also customizing workshops and programs on this theme coaching skills for leaders and creating a coaching culture. I am currently working with a local college helping deans, academic professionals, business and administrators hone their coaching skills in light of their broader organizational goals.

Want to hear more about how this might fit into your work-life and organization? If so, please get in touch!

Till then, here’s to a TGIM work-life!

Eileen

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Now Where Was I Again…..?

July 7, 2008

Hello again! Remember me? I know, it’s been a while since I’ve last posted. I confess, I’ve been MIA (missing in action). I haven’t been much in the blog writing mode these days because I’ve been in the major “DOING” mode. Busy, busy…..espousing/talking/working….TGIM work-life in a variety of workshops/retreats/webinars.  It’s all been great fun — with a lot of work — but lots at once, so a little less time to blog (sorry folks!).

In any case, I thought I’d share a quick snapshot of where I’ve been recently wrt to workshops, presentations, etc. :

Ministry of the Environment: I delivered a 1/2 day workshop: “Strategies for a TGIM Work-life” — Tips and strategies for engagement. See here for testimonials.

Centennial College: Lead a two and a half day retreat for the college’s most senior leaders: “Reflective Leadership Forum” — exploring strategies to build reflective practice in one’s daily work and life. See here to read what they had to say.

Project World / Business Analyst Conference: Lead a two day workshop for project managers and business analysts: Coaching Skills for Leaders.  See here to read what they had to say.

Upper Canada Law Society: Participated in a panel discussion on Work-life balance at their 3rd annual Solo and Small Firm Conference. Great feedback – soon to upload.

Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA): Presented a Webinar :“Assertiveness at Work” (which I’ve written about in previous posts – and am in process of planning a follow-up teleclass – details to be announced but likely in the fall).  If you’d like to listen to the archive – click here. And to read some of the great feedack – see here.

Financial Planners Standards Council (FPSC): Presented a Webinar: “Asking the Right Questions for Career Success”. Testimonial.

AND ALONG THE WAY…and in between I had all my other work — I’m not complaining, actually I’m quite grateful for all my clients and the terrific work opportunities I’ve had. But (yeah, there’s a ‘but’)….it has been BUSY so I’ve been time-challenged these days,

Now that summer’s here….I hope to slow down just a bit for a little while. Time to reflect on all that ‘doing’ and the learning along the way. I’ll be back….will write about the experiences, learnings, insights, etc.

But for now….I’m honouring my TGIM work-life needs and catching my breath.

To a TGIM Work-life!

Eileen

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Assertiveness Teleclass Series – need your input!

May 20, 2008

Because I buried the ‘lead’ in yesterday’s post:)….here I am again, ‘asserting myself’…this time more clearly:)

I am developing a teleclass series (Assertiveness at Work) to build on the Webinar I’m presenting tomorrow and need your input. If you think you might be interested, please take a moment to complete a very short questionnaire. This will help me suss out i) if there’s enough interest out there to offer such a program and ii) to meet the needs of those most interested.

It’s fast (the questionnaire), it’s quick and it’s HERE….THE LINK TO A QUICK SURVEY.

Thanks and to a TGIM work-life!

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New! Teleclass Series: “Assertiveness at Work” for January 2009

May 19, 2008

UPDATE – as of DECEMBER 2, 2008:

More than 700 people registered for my  CICA-hosted Webinar “Assertiveness at Work” this past spring (May). That’s a lot of interest! Leaders of all levels find themselves stretched as the stakes of work and life keep getting higher. Competent and talented — they recognize that assertiveness is not an all or none proposition. Fuency in assertiveness skills is personal and for many of us, can be further developed over time. Part of the emotional intellegence skillset, assertiveness plays a role in the degree that we are fulfilled, how effectively we perform — and generally how much we get of what we want and need in work and life.

Does this resonate with you? If so, please take notice….Drumroll please…..(darn I’m buring the lead in this post:)

INTRODUCING: the  Big Cheese Coaching Lab© — with the first offering focusing on a Teleclass series on: “Assertiveness at Work”.

 I am offering a six-week group coaching teleclass series (weekly)- starting this January 2009. The proposed starting date is: January 13th at 7pm Eastern Standard Time. However, if there is enough interest for an additional time I may add a second group.

I would like to keep the group size small (up to about 10 or so people) so first come first serve. If interested, pls contact me and we can schedule a brief phone chat to see if this is a fit for you.  I will have a promo developed shortly with additional info (topics; fees; etc.) and would be happy to email to those who express interest.

There is still time to share some of your own input! In the spirit of the Big Cheese Coaching Lab©No obligation but if you would like: You can TAKE A COUPLE MOMENTS TO COMPLETE A SHORT SURVEY HERE. 

Please assert yourself and make your voice heard!:)

Additional articles: See my CICA “Ask a Coach” article on assertiveness here.

And check back soon for more details!

Till then, here’s to a TGIM worklife!

Eileen

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