Power Leaking Behaviors

The following behaviors demonstrate power leaks.

  1. Not asking for help – Asking for help indicates strength, confidence and courage. You create an opportunity to develop another by letting him/her do something for you and attempt to problem solve with you.
  2. Not Speaking Up – People begin to overlook you for career opportunities or project work. Speaking up indicates your engagement in what you are doing.
  3. You don’t ask questions. – When you ask questions, you invite others in and send the message that you value what others think.

When you stand in your power you promote a vested interest in yourself and in what you are doing.

Business Change and Transition Specialist, Marie-Helene Sakowski, info@effectiveplacement.com

Phrases That Impact our Lives & Give Away Power

Man or woman the way we speak impacts our lives. Words do have power. Check out the following 3 phrases that are dis-empowering.

  1. I’m Sorry

A confident person readily admits when they have made a mistake and apologies when appropriate.  The phrase “I am sorry” implies feelings of not being adequate or inferior. Carefully consider if you have done something inappropriate or wrong. Chances are you have not.

  1. I’m Worried

Over use of the phrase indicates a focus on what may never happen at best and at worst a focus on the catastrophic for little or no apparent reason.  Worry is an indication of focusing on negative outcomes without provocation.

  1. I Hate to Bother You…

When you use this phrase you give away your power to another person.  You let someone else have control.

Commit to becoming the driver—rather than the passenger—in your life. Decide that you’re going to be in control of how you think, feel, and behave regardless of the situation you find yourself in.  For suggestions on doing that join us Sunday, Oct 28/18 in Saskatoon for “Harness Your Power”. Details at https://effectiveplacement.com/harnessyourpower/.

Business Change & Transition Specialist, Marie-Helene Sakowski at info@effectiveplacement.com

Women’s Power in Business

The issue of Women’s Power is a hot button topic that continues to grab headlines. The “MeToo” movement and women’s marches around the globe are two of the higher profile examples of women coming together to give voice to the injustices and inequality they have faced at work and in their personal lives.

In coming together in these arena’s women have discovered other women who have faced the same level of discrimination and social injustice. The importance of Women’s Power is not to be trivialized. Women’s Power is needed more than ever now. In the face of economic uncertainty and increasing volatility in business and personal lives the time is ripe for Women’s Power to emerge.

Questions as to what Women’s Power looks like and the impact it is having and will have on our day-to-day lives are far from clear. Agreement as to the principles of Women’s Power are still emergent. The one aspect that is certain is that with the mobilization of women at this time holds hope for a future that is based on a different power structure than is currently in place.

Those of you who are in the area and wish to “Harness Your Power” –  https://effectiveplacement.com/harnessyourpower/are welcome to join myself and my special guests at the workshop to learn about identifying your power leaks as a woman and moving forward from there.

Business Change & Transition Specialist, Marie-Helene Sakowski at info@effectiveplacement.com

Learning to Say No in Business is Essential

Regretting business opportunities that do not fit with your values.

At one time or another we have all worked with a client that has not been a values match. The end results have been frustrating and morale breaking. The client is not happy with you. You are not happy with the way the work has gone. The situation has the potential to be highly toxic for both parties. When possible withdraw your services and walk way.

Saying no garners respect.

It is powerful to let people know when they have not been successful in terms of a promotion or hiring process.  The person receiving the no has often thanked me for being transparent with them in providing feedback. To me that indicates a respect for the work done and for me as a person.

Declining opportunities frees up your time.

Working with people who say yes to something and then spend their time complaining about the increased workload is not pleasant. When presented with an opportunity that you think you may want – think it over carefully before you accept. Saying no to something that you no longer have an interest in frees up your time and energy for projects that do.

Business Change & Transition Specialist, Marie-Helene Sakowski at info@effectiveplacement.com

Why You Need Soft Skills

Working with managers in several different industries including mining, health and safety, manufacturing and health care the one common denominator for skills from the Executive Suite to the front-end office has been soft skills. Most managers agree that technological skills are taught in higher education or learned on the job.

Soft skills in this case refer to interpersonal communication skills, relating to others, being approachable, having a good attitude, being pleasant to work with, having cognitive or emotional empathy, and having harmonious interactions with others. Mastery of these skills enables a person to engage and influence others.

The person with great soft skills leads with confidence. They are also able to manage stress. Another attribute is patience- knowing when to take action and when to slow things down until the timing for a change or process is more fully aligned.

Having a good work ethic in terms of being present to the situation, with a willingness to learn something new for implementation is part of having well developed soft skills. Lastly engaging in appropriate business behavior that mirrors ethics and integrity is a key aspect of the soft skills tool box.

Marie-Helene Sakowski at info@effectiveplacement.com.


Does Your Business Have the Capacity to Change?

Often those in the top levels of a business are entrenched in having a business transition occur without having taken an accurate pulse as to what is actually involved.  This occurs in large and small businesses alike.

An accurate assessment of capacity relies on having your employees provide honest feedback as to what is on their plates currently along with their ability to take more on and have it turn out. Getting real as to what can take place is of course dependent on having honest feedback from employees.

Honesty requires trust.  Ensure you have that trust and that you are willing to have certain tasks be re-assigned, or have additional help brought in on a temporary basis to ease the strain of the current workload.

Assessing the capacity of your teams or teams and then taking the action necessary to ensure your team or teams have the necessary resources and support is crucial to the success of the business transition.

Contact me for a discussion regarding your business transition needs.

Business Change & Transition Specialist, Marie-Helene Sakowski, info@effectiveplacement.com