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

Four Types of Questions To Ask Your Mentor

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

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? ...

15 Songs for Your Leadership Playlist

It was one of those conference moments I’ll never forget: Carly Fiorina had ...

25 Questions to Ask a Mentor

A few years ago, around the time when I was launching this blog, ...

10 Killer Leadership Skills: The Great Differentiators?

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

11 Leadership Lessons Learned

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

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 ...

5 Things Women Leaders Should Stop Doing. TODAY.

Over the last couple years, I’ve had a front row seat to career ...

8 Types of Courage for Aspiring Leaders

“The truth is that courage resides within you; you must simply decide to ...

Nine Qualities of Female Leaders Who Get Beyond the Glass Ceiling

I’m frequently asked to speak about women in law and specifically the issue ...

6 Critical Missteps That Hurt Your Career Advancement

Let’s face it: it isn’t easy to break out and establish yourself as ...

4 Characteristics of Leaders Who Get Hired and Promoted

Imagine if you had the opportunity to sit down with a senior executive ...

Leaderly Quote: Harness your superpowers…
Leaderly Quote: Harness your superpowers…

Ask a woman to name her signature strengths and she’ll often squirm in her chair,

It’s OK to Ask For Help
It’s OK to Ask For Help

It’s easy to imagine that our role models, leaders, and other highly successful people have

Listen, Learn, Lead! Teleclass, Podcast & Radio Roundup
Listen, Learn, Lead! Teleclass, Podcast & Radio Roundup

Want to smarten up, expand your thinking, and procrastinate a bit longer on that tedious

Three Tricks to Step Up Your Self-Promotion Skills
Three Tricks to Step Up Your Self-Promotion Skills

I recently attended a women’s leadership dinner and heard a young woman ask the speaker—a

Leaderly Quote: Learn to just say no.
Leaderly Quote: Learn to just say no.

“Learn to just say no. No explanation, no excuse, no apology.”—Fawn Germer  

The Top 5 Most-Read Articles This Month
The Top 5 Most-Read Articles This Month

Are you looking for motivation to help you take charge of your career trajectory? Here

Leaderly Quote: Don’t wait for an invitation to negotiate
Leaderly Quote: Don’t wait for an invitation to negotiate

Don’t wait for an invitation to negotiate. You’ve heard it before: the squeaky wheel gets

5 Ways to Build Your Personal Brand and Reputation at Work
5 Ways to Build Your Personal Brand and Reputation at Work

The idea of being a “quiet leader” has always appealed to me. I was never

How to Assert Yourself When You’re Dismissed
How to Assert Yourself When You’re Dismissed

Have you ever sat in a meeting and felt ignored or utterly unimportant?  Perhaps you

The Best Advice Our Moms Gave Us
The Best Advice Our Moms Gave Us

Moms are always right.  Aren’t they?! In honor of the special guidance that so many

3 People Who Add Instant Influence to Your Network
3 People Who Add Instant Influence to Your Network

While it’s useful to cultivate an extensive network of professional contacts, it’s even more beneficial

Leaderly Quote: The world is not changed by people who sort of care.
Leaderly Quote: The world is not changed by people who sort of care.

”The world is not changed by people who sort of care,” says branding expert Sally Hogshead.

4 Ways to Shrink Your Wage Gap
4 Ways to Shrink Your Wage Gap

What to do if you think you’re paid less than your male colleague? Realizing you’re

The Top 5 Most-Read Articles This Month
The Top 5 Most-Read Articles This Month

Here are our most-read, most-popular, career changing articles this month on Be Leaderly. Which ones

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