Tag Archives: Cindy Tonkin

  • When matters


    If you’re fresh in the morning then do the difficult meetings then. Choose the time that’s best for you. If you generally are dozy after lunch, then consider two things: If you can, don’t schedule important meetings then If you’re not yet powerful enough to do this, then do what you can to reduce it: […]

  • Leverage your technical experts


    Are you getting the most out of your technical expert consulting teams? Your data scientists, data analysts, market researchers, the trusted advisors who give your business its edge? How can you leverage your technical experts and stop making these mistakes? See here’s the thing: people are tricky. Way trickier than data. And the smarter they […]

  • Saying no is the hardest lesson


    Was talking to a client about my Make No Sound like Yes program today. Initially, when I tell people about this program they say “But you shouldn’t say no”. With a little delving we discover they should be saying no, but they aren’t. Instead they say yes, and find themselves regretting it. Because no one […]

  • Know your boss’ boss’ buttons


    You can help your boss by knowing their boss’ buttons. You may not want to share your tools, but you can share your influencing patterns. Feel free to type as many of the people at work (your own team, even) to give you some insight into how to push buttons. Political acumen is about the […]

  • Grow up: Accept the consequences of your actions


    So you decided to have kids. You’ll have some days that you won’t be at work. So you decided to go part-time. You’ll miss out on some stuff. You took this job to make money, but you’re really an artist. Grow up and do the job to the best of your ability. Or find something […]

  • Regularly review your own progress


    You don’t have to wait for your boss to tell you what you’re doing right or wrong. Seek feedback from yourself Seek feedback from your peers Seek feedback from your clients. And from other important people. Write it in your performance file (link to performance file post).

  • Fit in and stick out


    I’ve written many articles about the importance and how to of rapport. The trick is to be able to create rapport consciously so that you can also break it: no one needs another yes man. But we also don’t need any more abominable no-men. You don’t have to think like them. The dangers of Group […]

  • Make the relationships before you need them


    Do it while you’re fresh. Ask advice willy nilly. Make the relationships before you need them. Willi was head of HR in a major public sector agency. She had teenage kids and didn’t want to move up in the organization just yet. She spent several years finding and promoting people with potential to places of […]