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Springing Into Balance: The Power of Saying No in Your Career

Springing Into Balance: The Power of Saying No in Your Career | Flourish Careers Podcast


Welcome to this week’s episode of The Flourish Careers podcast! I’m thrilled to dive into a topic close to the hearts of many professionals in our community: the fear of saying no at work.

Do you find yourself hesitating to say no in the workplace? You’re not alone. Today, we’ll explore how heart-based professionals can effectively say no and prioritize their needs at work.

Whether it’s turning down a job offer that doesn’t align with your goals or setting boundaries to manage your workload, prioritizing yourself is crucial for long-term fulfillment and well-being.

Join me as we discuss practical tips and strategies to help you say no without feeling guilty.

The bottom line: It’s okay to prioritize yourself.

Key Takeaways From Today’s Episode

Saying no to a job offer is acceptable and necessary for your well-being and professional growth. 
Recruiters appreciate candidates’ unique career aspirations, values, and priorities and recognize that only some opportunities will align perfectly with everyone.

So, how do you navigate this delicate situation? Here are some key takeaways:

  1. Express gratitude
  2. Be honest + diplomatic
  3. Express confidence in your decision
  4. Leave the door open
  5. Follow up with a thank-you note
  6. Stay in touch

Maintain open communication when saying no to additional workload. 
Managing your workload and talking to your manager about it might feel overwhelming, but breaking it down into smaller steps can make it easier in the long run.

So, how do you navigate this delicate situation? Here are some key takeaways:

  1. Conduct a self-assessment 
  2. Collect data or examples and prioritize
  3. Schedule a meeting 
  4. Be solution-focused
  5. Set boundaries
  6. Maintain open communication 

Practice assertive communication techniques to confidently and respectfully decline requests at work. 
Role-play scenarios, rehearse your responses, and implement strategies to foster positive relationships with colleagues while staying true to your goals + values.

By implementing these takeaways, you can confidently and professionally navigate the challenges of saying no in your career, ultimately leading to greater fulfillment.

In the fast-paced world of career planning, agility is key. Things change rapidly, and maintaining flexibility in your approach can open doors to new possibilities. By embracing a HEART-based approach to career planning—honesty, empathy, agility, resilience, and trust—you can confidently navigate the twists and turns of your career journey.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

+ Better Conversations: 6 Experts Answer ‘How Do I Tell My Boss I’m at Capacity?’

💛 Free Gift: Heart-Based Career Change Checklist

💛 Ways to work with me:
+Join Fried to Flourishing, the self-paced career change course or virtual coaching experience.
+You’re invited to the Gathering Ground, an insider circle where careers take root, grow, and flourish.

👩‍💻 Browse around the shop and check out the playbooks: Make The Leap, Ultimate Playbook for Heart-Based Career Change | The Complete Interview Prep Playbook | Jumpstart Your Job Search, Gift for Grads

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“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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Want more career wisdom? Check out these podcast episodes/blog posts!
+HEART-Based Career Planning: What It Is + What It Isn’t
+10 Signs It’s Time To Change Careers + 3 Struggles You Might Be Facing
+Kismet Connections: The Hidden Magic Behind a Teacher’s Heart-Based Leap into Writing

For more insider stories, quick tips, and #CareerTalk, I invite you to connect with me on Instagram @flourish.careers.

April 3, 2024

Springing Into Balance: The Power of Saying No in Your Career

Springing Into Balance: The Power of Saying No in Your Career

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