Alexandra Franzen

How to say “no” to everything ever.

“I’m as proud of what we don’t do as I am of what we do.” –Steve

Teach people how to treat you: How to write clear, loving policies for business & life.

You teach people how to treat you. You teach people how to communicate with you. You

5 Ways to Write a Blow-Your-Mind Manifesto

MANIFESTO. noun. /ˌmanəˈfestō/ A written statement to publicly declare your intentions, motives, or beliefs. From the

Temporary discomfort. It’s worth it.

When you push yourself beyond your perceived limitations, it is NOT comfortable. I once flew a

Today Is Not Over Yet

It was a glum, soggy, heart-sagging kind of Saturday. I slept in till noon — and

Trying Is Always Worth It

“Who can tell me why it’s important to do CPR?” My fellow students and I at

Desperately seeking a mentor? Read this.

Mentors. We all want ’em, we all need ’em, and someday, most of us hope to

How to Love Your Work… Even When You Don’t Love Your Work.

Maybe you’re doing data-entry just to bide the time while you search for a full time

How to Politely Say “No” to a Ridiculous, Unreasonable Request.

When M. wrote to me, she was justifiably annoyed. “I designed a website for a client.

Get some courage. Give some courage.

Susan is one of the bravest people I know. Not because she is fearless. But because

The Fear Choice or the Love Choice

It’s Saturday night. Vancouver Island. British Columbia. Damp. Cool. Just a slight murmur of rain. I’m

It’s Worth the Risk (I promise)

This is Sarah. She’s one of my dearest friends. Almost seven years ago — back when

Read This If: You Are Anxiously Searching For Your Life Purpose.

For most of my life, I have anxiously wondered about my “life purpose.” Why am I

Leaderly Quote: It’s not too late…

“It’s not too late to do something kind, creative, generous, satisfying and courageous. Today. ” —

5 Questions to Ask Yourself on New Year’s Day… or Any Day

I posted these questions about one year ago — but I still like them a lot.

How to Write a Simple and Beautiful Manifesto

Traditionally, a manifesto is a written statement where you publicly declare your… – Intentions (what you

You Can Make Excuses or You Can Make Progress

The other day, I hopped in a cab. The driver and I started chatting, as you

You’re Going to be Judged

I was teaching a writing class. Towards the end, someone asked: “How can I get over

10 Questions for Mid-Year Reflection

Is it just me… … or does it feel like the first half of the year

Public speaking tips for introverts. (Like me.)

It was just an ordinary Tuesday. I woke up, made a strong pot of coffee, and

Technology, Peace and Sanity

A few years ago, I sat down and did some math. I tallied up how many

Schedule “Life” First.

Every year, on January 1st, my year begins the same way. I sit down with a

25 Questions to Ask a Mentor

Whenever I’m asked “What are some of the best questions to ask a ...

Four Types of Questions To Ask Your Mentor

Have conversations with your mentor gotten a bit repetitive lately? Perhaps you approached ...

25 Songs For Your Leadership Playlist

What are your all-time favorite leadership songs — the ones that make you ...

How to Shut Down a Colleague Who Takes Credit for Your Work

Has this ever happened to you? You’re in a meeting and the unthinkable ...

5 Ways to be a Leader, Not a Manager

Have you ever wondered about the difference between a manager and a leader? ...

11 Leadership Lessons Learned

Here are 11 lessons I’ve learned about leadership—mostly from much-admired colleagues, and just ...

10 Killer Leadership Skills: The Great Differentiators?

Last week at Hallmark I hosted a couple gentlemen from a partner company. ...

100 Leadership Qualities

What are your leadership strengths? That’s a question I ask in a survey ...

Influencing Without Authority—Using Your Six Sources of Influence

I am in the difficult situation of being unofficial project lead, responsible for ...

9 Traits of Exceptional Leaders

Truly great leaders are hard to come by, but it seems everyone thinks ...

4 Tips for Failing Forward
4 Tips for Failing Forward

After you make a mistake, it’s easy to focus intently on your defects. And then

Press Release: Be Leaderly’s Selena Rezvani Wins 2019 Croly Award for Excellence in Journalism
Press Release: Be Leaderly’s Selena Rezvani Wins 2019 Croly Award for Excellence in Journalism

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa—July 9, 2019—The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is pleased to honor Selena

4 Steps to a Flexible Work Arrangement
4 Steps to a Flexible Work Arrangement

Are you hungry for a little more flexibility in your day?  If so, you’re not

Dealing with a Bossy Coworker
Dealing with a Bossy Coworker

You might expect the occasional “order” or “command” from your boss. But it’s a whole

Press Release: Be Leaderly Wins Gold & Silver at the 2019 Stevie Awards
Press Release: Be Leaderly Wins Gold & Silver at the 2019 Stevie Awards

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa—June 11, 2019—Be Leaderly, a globally recognized provider of women’s leadership development and

15 Questions to Ask Before Taking a Stretch Assignment
15 Questions to Ask Before Taking a Stretch Assignment

Stretch assignments are like the Instant Pot of career development. An intensely challenging, ambitious, go-big-or-go-home

How Can Pay Transparency Make a Difference for Women?
How Can Pay Transparency Make a Difference for Women?

It’s well known that women still deal with a pay gap relative to men. But

5 Things to Know About Your Coworkers with Kids
5 Things to Know About Your Coworkers with Kids

You might’ve attended a baby shower in the break room, or maybe you caught a

4 Underrated Elements of a Career Advancement Plan
4 Underrated Elements of a Career Advancement Plan

A vice president of a financial company once told me, “Make a plan—or someone else

Negotiate Through Your Next Performance Review
Negotiate Through Your Next Performance Review

With performance reviews around the corner, I wanted to write a how-to post on negotiating.

Ask Jo: How can I thank my mentor?

Question: I have an incredible mentor. She ...

Teamwork is a Skill. It Takes Practice!

Everyone wants to lead, or be a ...

It’s Worth the Risk (I promise)

This is Sarah. She’s one of my ...

100 Leadership Qualities

What are your leadership strengths? That’s a ...

Leaderly Quote: Great Leaders Know When to Step Aside

“Great leaders know when to step aside.” ...

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