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

Strategies for Managing When the Going is Tough


Strategies for coping with difficult situations, circumstances or people involve the following:

  1. Identify and use your support network. Be it a friend, a trusted co-worker, a neighbour, or an EAP counsellor – reach out, connect and share your feelings (if possible) or simply what is occurring to you and around you in the aftermath. Focus on expressing what you need from the other person.  Examples may be a safe place to share grief, the need for someone to simply listen, or a scheduled break from your usual routine.
  2. Get some sleep. Self-control, attention, and memory are all reduced when you don’t get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation raises stress hormone levels on its own, even without a stressor present. A good night’s sleep gives you the perspective you need to deal with the situation you are in.
  3. Set boundaries. When you are vulnerable it is important to have boundaries in place. Take time for yourself to rest and recoup. Avoid as much as possible other scenarios or people that will add to your stress factor. When you have looked after yourself you are in a better position to offer support or request the support you need.

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


Why Vulnerability Creates New Opportunities

There is a lot of buzz these days about allowing yourself to be vulnerable and how that leads to being an authentic self-expression as an individual. It is useful to unpack vulnerability and how that leads to a more genuine self-expression. Vulnerability is often misconstrued with weakness, to be vulnerable is to be open and approachable.

Being Vulnerable Leads to Being Visible – Personally showing up at business events, with my clients, and generally in life when things are less than ideal is when I am being vulnerable. Being vulnerable does not mean over sharing or laying out all of life’s details

Vulnerability Leads to Authenticity – I have taken on clients where I was not in alignment with the product or service being offered. Those assignments were often fraught with difficulty. The results were mixed. and I was not at my best.  Now I accept those assignments where I am aligned with the overall purpose and methods by which the business is conducted.

Vulnerability Leads to Enhanced Engagement – When working with clients and presenting authentically the level of engagement increases dramatically. Cooperation is heightened. Employee morale improves.

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


Personal Power Leaks Are A Liability

Additional aspects of your behavior that point to not managing your power in business or in your personal life.

  1. Changed your goals based on other people’s opinions. Changing course just because someone doubts your abilities gives that person power over your life.
  2. Hypersensitive to criticism. Feedback from other people can be instrumental in helping you become your best. But, if you value other people’s input too much, you may avoid doing anything that could lead to criticism.
  3. Other people have the ability to bring out the worst in you. If you allow someone else to cause you to get so angry you say or do things you later regret, or you succumb to pressure to do something against your values, you give away your power.
  4. Spending a lot of time talking about people that you don’t like. Every minute you spend thinking about someone you don’t like or complaining about someone you don’t want to be around, is 60 more seconds you give that person.
  5. Other people determine the kind of day you’re going to have. The kind of day you’re going to have should center around the boss’s mood or your co-worker’s actions.

Take Back Your Power!

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.

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

Harness Your Power – Sunday October 28/18 – Join us!

As a woman, are you ready for a fun and fabulous event? Get your ticket now to join us for a transformational day that will kick off the autumn season with powerful wisdom!This one-day workshop is for women of all ages who want to solidify and maintain their power in the midst of change, chaos, and volatility. Our speakers are talented women who are accomplished at managing all that life holds in store for them with power and grace. Join us for a mini-workshop day that includes a shopping gallery just for women, with a variety of one-of-a-kind items, and a pre-event stretching warm-up! Our care and attention also includes providing lunch and refreshments to attendees.

“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.” — Diane Mariechild

Details found at:  https://www.effectiveplacement.com/harnessyourpower/index.html


Are You Leaking Your Personal Power?

Empowering other people is productive. But giving away your personal power sabotages your chances of success. Giving away your power robs you of mental strength and derails you from your goals. There are several ways you might be leaking your power. You might not even realize you’re doing it.

Signs of leaking your power include:

  1. Giving in to guilt trips. If you really don’t want to do something, be strong enough to stick to your choices, even when someone tries to take you on a guilt trip.
  2. Self-worth is tied to other people’s opinions of you. Not everyone is going to like you. But, you don’t have to let one person’s opinion define who you are or how you feel about yourself.
  3. Difficulty setting boundaries. You get to decide who to allow into your life. If you grow resentful of people who take up too much of your energy, it’s a sign you aren’t setting clear boundaries.
  4. Complaining about all the things you have to do. You decide how to spend your time. No one forces you to go to see the dentist, or attend that family gathering.
  5. Hold grudges. Whether someone hurt you yesterday or 10 years ago, holding a grudge allows that person to take up more space in your life.

Take Back Your Power

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.

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

Company Culture – What is it?

There is a lot of discussion about company culture these days.  Often the articles focus on the success of giant multinational corporations and their seeming success in having great work place cultures.  On occasion there is focus on these same gigantic companies and their failures in having a functioning and articulated company culture.

Whether praising or decrying a company culture the proposed solutions focus on adapting what worked someplace else to your own workplace.  On the surface that may seem like a reasonable idea.  It is not.

Company culture is dependent on the people who are part of the workplace.  It may start out as an informal set of guidelines that employees at all levels align with it.  Or it may be a more formalized approach setting out the parameters for the tolerance of risk and out of the box thinking.

Your company may have an atmosphere of casual dress, a games room, onsite child care, or well stocked kitchens accessible to all employees at no cost.  These are not cultural features.

Culture is deeper – it is what has formed over time and is based on surviving downturns, upturns and everything in between.   Shared assumptions leading to shared values, and historic data along with people who are rooted in the experience of sharing that data, are company culture foundations.

What is your experience and perception of a finely tuned company culture that employees chose to be a part of?

Need greater clarity – contact me to discuss.

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