November 2015

In this day and age, a high percentage of people, especially women, are afraid to be assertive because society may view them as being pushy or overbearing. However, assertiveness is the complete opposite – being able to stand up for your self is a very powerful tool.

In my last blog, Can You Express Your Feelings? we examined emotional expression.
Now let’s discuss the second competency in the self-expression area, Assertiveness. Assertiveness is the ability to express your thoughts, feelings and beliefs clearly and in a non-offensive way. It is the balance between being passive and aggressive.

Love them or hate them…..KPI or Key Performance Indicators are a great way of assessing your business performance and creating a strong roadmap for your business growth.

KPI’s are very important for analysing your business finances. Financial statements with KPI provide management with relevant, reliable and comparable information so owners-managers make informed decisions.

I work with entrepreneurs helping them understand their financial statements so they can plan for the future. Below are a few of my suggestions to help you use KPI effectively in your business.

Feeling overwhelmed as an entrepreneur? “Work smarter, not harder” has been my resolution this year. Some tech tools have really helped me accomplish this. Here are a few of my favourite tools for working smarter.

IFTTT (web, iOS, Android)

IFTTT (If This Then That) streamlines productivity by automating online tasks. It uses “recipes” that you either create yourself or choose from a collection it provides. For example, one recipe that a lot of businesses are using is automatically creating a post whenever a blog gets published.

Do you ever find yourself saying, “ I just can’t explain the way I feel”? Don’t worry because you are not alone. Emotions are a tricky thing and if they are not expressed appropriately; it will affect not only yourself, but also the people around you

Self-expression is the second composite scale that contributes to emotional intelligence. This composite scale is about how we show and express ourselves to others.

These competencies make up the self-expression area of the model:

  • Emotional expression
  • Assertiveness
  • Independence

Let’s begin and discuss Emotional Expression.