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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...

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 / Sinikka Waugh February 6, 2020

When No One Is Looking

Three Places to Demonstrate Integrity

For the last couple of weeks we’ve talked about our legacy and what we’re known for (If you’d care to take a look at those posts you’re welcome to click here and here). In both of those cases we were talking specifically about the way others see and experience us when we’re with them. Today we’ll spend one more week thinking about our legacy, but this will...

General Business / Sinikka Waugh February 4, 2020

Don't Invite a Dead Horse To Your Meetings

Don't Hold the Same Meeting Twice

Ugh, meetings, amiright? There is a not-so-insignificant percent of our population who absolutely abhor meetings--and usually with good reason. Meetings, rather, bad meetings, are notorious time and money wasters that trap teams away from their desk when they could actually be getting stuff done.

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

General Business / Communication / Change / YP / Sinikka Waugh January 21, 2020

Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

It's probably safe to assume that you're well acquainted with your personal comfort zone, right? When was the last time you took a step outside that comfort zone?

General Business / Communication / Collaboration / Sinikka Waugh January 9, 2020

One More Gift

7 Questions to Ask Before Giving the Gift of Feedback

For years you’ve heard us talk about feedback being a gift. When someone gives me feedback I realize that they are saying, “Sinikka, you’re awesome, and you could be even more awesome!” Sometimes when people give us feedback, though, it doesn’t feel very ‘gifty’. Instead it feels ‘judgey’ or even critical and corrective rather than...