The Power and Subtlety of Language in the Workplace

In this final installment of his series, Markku Allison explores how we can dramatically improve the flow of understanding if we are just a little bit more rigorous in making sure we are on common ground with the words we use and the meanings we intend.

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The Power and Subtlety of Language in the WorkplaceWork Design Magazine.

How to Fall Back in Love with Your Job

“One of the toughest things about a rut is acknowledging that you are in one,” says Daniel Gulati, a tech entrepreneur and author.

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Even exciting jobs have boring days. And when you’ve been doing the same tasks, going to the same office, and working with the same people day in and day out, you’re bound to fall into a rut on occasion. When that happens, how do you recognize what’s happening and counteract it? What can you do to revive your interest in your work?

Here’s some great information from Gulati, and esteemed University of Michigan researcher and professor, Gretchen Spreitzer about how to do just that, including a couple of very useful case examples:

How to Fall Back in Love with Your Job – HBR.

Companies Drain Women’s Ambition After Only 2 Years – HBR

This is interesting although discouraging data, but likely not surprising to many. What has been your experience been like?
I’d love to hear about exceptions to this, and, the reasons you think they have occurred.

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Companies Drain Women’s Ambition After Only 2 Years – HBR.

Introverts, Extroverts, and the Complexities of Team Dynamics

Front view portrait of four business executives sitting in a lineHow can you get the best from deep, quiet team members during meetings? A look at practices used in some organizations points to an answer.

via Introverts, Extroverts, and the Complexities of Team Dynamics – HBR.

Cancelling One-on-One Meetings Destroys Your Productivity

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I can’t tell you how many times I have heard from one of my coaching clients, “I keep wanting to talk with her/him (their boss) about this, but she/he keeps canceling our meetings. I haven’t had a one-on-one with her/him in months!” This is an engagement killer.

Direct reports with important concerns, great ideas, and positive news are unable to communicate them in a timely manner, and generally feel put-off and devalued.

Not only does this practice destroy your best people’s engagement, it trains them that they must “catch you on the fly” if they are to get your attention… As the article states, this is a “recipe” for increased interruptions and “putting out fires” on your part.

Cancelling One-on-One Meetings Destroys Your Productivity – HBR.

Fostering women leaders: A fitness test for your top team

Confident BusinesswomanThe challenges are well known: women in business continue to face a formidable gender gap for senior-leadership positions.

Moreover, there are fewer and fewer women at each step along the path to the C-suite, although they represent a majority of entry-level employees at Fortune 500 companies and outnumber men in college-graduation….

via Fostering women leaders: A fitness test for your top team | McKinsey & Company.

Office Politics Is Just Influence by Another Name

Great article by Annie McKee, a senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, director of the PennCLO Executive Doctoral Program and co-author of Primal Leadership with Daniel Goleman and Richard Boyatzis ,u3peopleas well as Resonant Leadership and Becoming a Resonant Leader.

Think of the really great leaders you have known. Haven’t they all been exceptional in their ability to influence? What would you add to this?

Office Politics Is Just Influence by Another Name – HBR.

Time, Energy and People – Your Three Biggest Assets | Finance Lights

Where is your focus?

Are you focusing your time, thoughts and energy in the right areas? In the right proportions?

This article addresses this so effectively, it could be a “must read” every morning for those of us who are striving for excellence. What are your thoughts?

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Time, Energy and People – Your Three Biggest Assets | Finance Lights.

Signs That You Lack Emotional Intelligence – HBR

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Have you noticed that those who most could use some help with their emotional intelligence are often the least likely to know it?

Here is a wonderful article on the subject that could help you or someone else shed some light on this. (Remember, unlike IQ, which is largely fixed, EI is something that can be learned and improved, often with the help of good tools and an excellent coach.)

Signs That You Lack Emotional Intelligence – HBR.

Easy Steps To Get Respect

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Nice article from Maria Gamble at Forbes about how to get respect, and, the relationship between respect and trust.

Easy Steps To Get Respect.