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Don’t Be Afraid to Say “No” to Your Boss

“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.”

— Steve Jobs, Co-founder and former CEO, Apple

Sometimes, there simply is no room in your business life to be a ‘people pleaser’ all the time. Taking a page from Steve Jobs, we learn that successful and innovative people know when to say “no”.  We forget that “No” can be a complete sentence. It’s short, to-the-point, and most importantly, it helps you stay focused on the aspects of your job which actually do matter.  Why are we afraid to say no?

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5 Essential Rules for Getting Recognition From Your Boss

“Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.”—Theodore Roosevelt

You might be annoyed that no one appreciates or acknowledges all that you do at work. You might grumble to yourself when someone less committed gets ‘your’ promotion. But if you want people to recognize your diligence, work and efforts, you have to make them known.

Many people don’t like indulging in self-praise, but when it comes to your career, you have to step out of your comfort zone and speak up if you want to be recognized. This is especially true if you feel you are at a disadvantage versus your coworkers.

You might be a woman working in a male-dominated field or you might be fresh out of college or maybe you transferred to a new department and have to start from the bottom. No matter what the reason, you have to work a little harder to prove yourself.

Thoughts are thoughts, but it takes words and actions to effect change in your life. While bragging is definitely to be avoided, there are many ways to “blow your own horn” and spread the word about your accomplishments in a productive way.  Follow these tips and you will be on your way to getting recognition from your boss.

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