Published on: Monday, March 31, 2014
I've been thinking about the power of apology lately. I've been noticing that the people for whom I have the most respect don’t hesitate to say "I was wrong," or "I'm sorry I..." On the other hand, the people I have the hardest time respecting seem constitutionally unable to take responsibility for their own mistakes. Even when they try, it comes out sounding like "I may have been partly at fault, but..." or "It may seem that I was wrong, but..." They just can't do it.
Published on: Friday, March 28, 2014
Writing The Truth About Lies in the Workplace
allowed me to document the variety of lies we encounter daily. In the workplace people fib, flatter, fabricate, prevaricate, equivocate, embellish, "take liberties with," "bend," or "stretch" the truth. They boast, conceal, falsify, omit, spread gossip, misinform or cover-up embarrassing (perhaps even unethical) acts. They lie in order to avoid accepting responsibility, to build status and power, to "protect" others from hearing a negative truth, to preserve a sense of autonomy, to keep their jobs, to get out of unwanted work, to get on the good side of the boss, to be perceived as "team players" when their main interest is self-interest. Or they lie because they're under pressure to perform and because (as one co-worker observed about his teammates) "they lack the guts to tell the boss that what is being asked isn't doable."
Published on: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
In a perfect world, we would be judged solely on our results, regardless of what others thought about how or when we got our work done. The good news is that this type of "results only" mentality is catching on. Some companies and managers are beginning to realize that there are better ways to manage performance than by counting hours at the office. Organizations are responding to the changing needs of workers everywhere by offering arrangements such as flex-time and telecommuting.
Published on: Monday, March 24, 2014
"We need more innovation around here. We need people to think more creatively and be more entrepreneurial. I've been saying this for the last couple years, and yet very little seems to be changing. It's very frustrating."
This was a recent lament from a client, a senior leader at a medium-sized professional services firm. He was frustrated that even though his organization was encouraging people at every turn to take chances on new ideas, too few were actually stepping up to do it.
Published on: Friday, March 21, 2014
As part of ExecuNet membership, I conduct a bi-weekly teleconference called Six-Figure Hotline where members call in to ask the questions keeping them up at night, and to gain market and trend insight from the career experts who join me in talking about issues that are important to executives today.
In one such teleconference, I was joined by executive career strategist Harriette Lowenthal, and a member asked us, "Is it appropriate to ask an HR rep at a company to which one has applied to connect on LinkedIn?"