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

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Four Types of Questions To Ask Your Mentor

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

5 Ways to be a Leader, Not a Manager

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

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 ...

15 Songs for Your Leadership Playlist

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

10 Killer Leadership Skills: The Great Differentiators?

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

Influencing Without Authority—Using Your Six Sources of Influence

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

6 Critical Missteps That Hurt Your Career Advancement

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

11 Leadership Lessons Learned

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

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 ...

4 Characteristics of Leaders Who Get Hired and Promoted

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

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 ...

How to Manage Former Peers

Let’s talk about a potentially awkward situation. You get a new role and ...

Thank You, Leaderlies
Thank You, Leaderlies

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, we consider ourselves to be extremely lucky to know you, our

My Favorite Salary Negotiation Tactic (That Recruiters Love, Too).
My Favorite Salary Negotiation Tactic (That Recruiters Love, Too).

How many of you negotiated your first job offer? I have to admit I didn’t.

Transform Your To-Do List With This Quick Productivity Hack
Transform Your To-Do List With This Quick Productivity Hack

You’re probably familiar with the story for a jar that represents the time available in your life.

Why You Need a Sponsor Not a Mentor!
Why You Need a Sponsor Not a Mentor!

Could your career use an influential advocate? When you first begin your career, it’s important

Leaderly Quote: Dream. Do. Dream.
Leaderly Quote: Dream. Do. Dream.

“Don’t let a dream become a fantasy, which is what happens when you never act

Don’t be the Best Kept Secret in Your Organization
Don’t be the Best Kept Secret in Your Organization

“I feel like I’m the best kept secret in this organization,” said Tina. She had

Technology, Peace and Sanity
Technology, Peace and Sanity

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

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

Here are the top articles that other emerging leaders have been reading at BeLeaderly.com this

Don’t Let Fear Steal Your Dreams
Don’t Let Fear Steal Your Dreams

Fear steals our dreams. Think about the last time you really longed for something but

Leaderly Quote: See yourself as a leader now.
Leaderly Quote: See yourself as a leader now.

“See yourself as a leader now. Leadership is an action not a position.” — Cindy Pace,

4 Ways to Improve Your Financial Intelligence
4 Ways to Improve Your Financial Intelligence

Let’s be honest: Most of us who did not start our careers in finance would

Emerging Leader Spotlight: Mindy Seiffert
Emerging Leader Spotlight: Mindy Seiffert

Every month we ask an emerging leader we admire to share what she is doing

Improving Diversity in Hiring
Improving Diversity in Hiring

Caveat: Diversity is more than gender. I’ve used gender in some of these examples because

Leaderly Quote: When you fail, it diminishes your fear
Leaderly Quote: When you fail, it diminishes your fear

You took a big risk… and failed. What now? This is a question I asked

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