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Asking for What You Want

Asking for What You Want

Do you ask for what you want? In business? In your friendships? Partnerships? Even with your children? Many people, especially women, hesitate to really ask for what they want, honestly and openly. Why? Because it’s often perceived or labeled as being “selfish”, “demanding”, or, if you are a woman, “aggressive”.

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The Freedom to Act

The Freedom to Act

Freedom is one of the most powerful and fulfilling values that we can hold. I was reminded – again – of the power and value of freedom on a recent trip to the D-Day beaches and sites in Normandy, France. Visiting Normandy is a moving and awe-inspiring experience – one I highly recommend for everyone. The bravery and sacrifices made that day (and in the days surrounding it) remind us of the price of our freedom, and the need to commit to it and preserve it.

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If Not Now, When?

If Not Now, When?

And, it’s why I left my corporate job and created TRANSCENDENCE: Living a Life of Meaning. Not only do I want to make a difference, make a bigger contribution myself, but I am passionate about helping other people do that too, especially women leaders.

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The Compliment Conundrum at Work

The Compliment Conundrum at Work

Most of us – men and women – like to get compliments on our appearance. Sure, it’s a little bit vain, but it’s nice to be acknowledged for a new, attractive haircut, a flattering dress or shirt, or recent weight loss. It’s nice when someone says, “You look great!” After all, the way we dress, style our hair, and accessorize our outfits is part of how we express ourselves in the world. It’s the first thing that people “see” about us.

That’s why it’s been so sad to watch my male colleagues struggle with giving compliments to women at work – or just stop doing it entirely. One guy, let’s call him Peter, whom I considered a good friend, told me that the company’s sexual harassment training had totally scared him. He felt that he had to stop saying anything about a woman’s appearance for fear of it being taken the wrong way.

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