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Leadership / Collaboration / Sinikka Waugh March 13, 2020

Keep The Remote

4 Tips for Leading Remote Employees

Under current circumstances, many of us find ourselves working remotely. We thought this might be a good time to talk about some of the half-truths and half-myths that you may have heard buzzing around over the years about working remotely.

General Business / Communication / Collaboration / Sinikka Waugh March 5, 2020

More Great Days

4 Emotions to Hone In On for Even More Great Days

In a recent post, we talked about three really common emotions that can prevent us from having great days at work. The three we covered in that blog - hangry, unfocused, and anxious - are ones we might be willing to talk about or even joke about among our colleagues. But they’re not the only emotions that get in the way of co-creating good days.

General Business / Communication / Collaboration / Sinikka Waugh February 27, 2020

Better Days Ahead

3 Emotions That Prevent Us from Having Good Days and How to Fix Them

These days, we hear a lot of talk of emotional intelligence and how important it is to our professional journey. At Your Clear Next Step, we have written on and taught about emotional intelligence a lot. It’s a topic that allows us to move from contributor to influencer to leader in our organizations. And, by growing in your...

Communication / Collaboration / Sinikka Waugh February 20, 2020

Speak Up, But Do It Well

Four Ways to Speak Up Well

For years we have been encouraging people to speak up. If you have an idea or a contribution, speak up. ‘If you see something, say something’ is the campaign in the airports. If you see an injustice, speak up. If you want to make a name for yourself, speak up. If you want to be heard or recognized, speak up. If you have a concern or an issue or a problem that needs...

Leadership / General Business / Change / Project Management / YP / Collaboration February 18, 2020

So, What Exactly Is Emotional Intelligence?

Let’s talk a little about the warm and fuzzy side of maintaining healthy relationships: Emotional Intelligence. Ok, maybe not as warm and fuzzy as you thought it was going to be, but your EI (or EQ) is super important in the workplace and at home. So, what exactly is Emotional Intelligence?

General Business / Collaboration / Sinikka Waugh February 13, 2020

Get Motivated

Three Tips to Help You Get Motivated

General Business / Collaboration / Sinikka Waugh January 30, 2020

Three Questions to Consider How You Will Be Known

Three Questions to Consider How You Will Be Known

Last week, we began a thinking about legacy and what we’re known for. It was a few words specifically inspired by a particularly poignant moment in time and a particularly influential person. This week, I want to step back and look less prescriptively about what we want to be known for, our legacy, and more procedurally about how we come to be...

Leadership / General Business / Communication / YP / Collaboration / Sinikka Waugh January 28, 2020

2-4-6-8, How do we appreciate...other people?

Planning Meaningful Acts of Appreciation

Collaboration / Sinikka Waugh January 24, 2020

What Will You Be Known For?

We want to spend some time thinking about our legacy, how others recognize us, and what kind of mark we leave on this world. It seems a little bit heavy, but I think it aligns directly with what we stand for as an organization, and the goal of these weekly messages: that is, to offer tips to help us all get even better at all the things we do, so that the way each one of us is remembered is as...

Communication / Collaboration / Sinikka Waugh January 16, 2020

You Don’t Know if You Don’t Ask

5 Steps for Seeking Feedback

In last week’s blog, we shared some tips on preparing for and sharing feedback, ultimately helping us treat feedback more like a gift. As we continue to seek a more open dialog of feedback in the new year, I encourage each of us, in our relentless pursuit of even better, to ask others for their feedback, perspectives, insights, or other wisdom they could share to...