Three Reasons to Say No

We’ve all been there–a coworker, a friend, or an organization approaches you and asks if you can do something: “Can you host the XYZ meetup tonight?” You want to say, “Yes! of course!” because who doesn’t want to be helpful? But I know what you’re thinking… “Ugh, really, another thing? Fine, I’ll cancel going to my child’s performance tonight… I guess…”

Oftentimes, the best thing for everyone is to say “no.”

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Emotional Intelligence, Part 4 – Improving Your Self-Awareness

This is the fourth and last post in a series on the excellent book Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Drs. Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves. The book segments emotional intelligence into four areas: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management.

The authors identify four areas of emotional intelligence. Image credit : Dillan.

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Emotional Intelligence, Part 3 – Improving Your Relationship Management

This is the third in a series on the excellent book Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Drs. Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves. The book segments emotional intelligence into four areas: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management.

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Emotional Intelligence, Part 2 – Improving Your Social Awareness

This is the second in a series on the excellent book Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Drs. Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves. The book segments emotional intelligence into four areas: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management.

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Emotional Intelligence, Part 1 – Improving Your Self-Management

This is the first in a series on the excellent book Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Drs. Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves. What’s emotional intelligence? To summarize: We’re all humans, we all have emotions, and despite what we might tell ourselves, our emotions dictate our gut-level decisions and responses. Emotional intelligence skills kick in when it’s time to wrangle an emotional response into a productive and positive outcome. Read more on Emotional Intelligence, Part 1 – Improving Your Self-Management…

Tips for Making Persuasive Arguments

We can all agree that making persuasive arguments is both exceedingly critical to collaboration and exceedingly difficult. Thus, I’ve been delighted to work through a book on persuasion–The 7 Triggers to Yes. It’s a new favorite of mine, and in this post, I’ll share the seven triggers, discuss one in more detail, and describe some of the other great content in the book. Read more on Tips for Making Persuasive Arguments…

Three Tips for Building a Long-Term, Sustainable Project

Imagine you’re about to sit down and begin working on a new feature for a 10-year-old project. You’re excited, because the older project has proven to be a huge success in the market, and it feels great to contribute to something we know others find valuable. Your time is not going to be wasted. Read more on Three Tips for Building a Long-Term, Sustainable Project…

Bring Joy to Your Desktop Backgrounds with Workflow Automation

Tired of the same desktop background? Bored with stock art and don’t care enough to search for anything better? With the help of Workflow, you can bring a little fun and delight to your backgrounds.

Examples of NASA astronomy pictures of the day. Image credit: Various authors (individual images) and me (collage).

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