What a great read. I coach careerists who are at a career crossroads. While my specialism is helping people realign work they love with what matters most, more often than is comfortable I wonder if what they need for career-life congruence could be achieved if they understood how have courageous conversations and ask for what they need earlier. Not easy when that involves managing up. I use something similar to your page of thoughts not spoken vs not meant but spoken. Love the simplicity to show people where they mean no but say yes. Then get stuck doing that and resenting it. Thank you for this.

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Helen Hanison

I coach professionals who feel stuck at a career crossroads to make a plan realigning work they love with a life they want. Then act on it. www.helenhanison.com