Are you pushy or a pushover?

“We’re talking about us versus everyone else. How we act together or not to get things done. Can you say no to people and projects? Can you set boundaries so that you have enough space, energy and time for your own needs?

“Can you ask people for things? Are you able to make requests – Are you able to make demands even where appropriate. Are you able to inform other people what you want from them? Not just articulate it, but stick to your guns. How much are you able to negotiate with other people to get what you need.”

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