Tag Archives: Status and power

  • Tips on psychopaths in the workplace

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    Psychopaths are never fun. Especially if you rely on them for work instructions, performance appraisals or day-to-day survival. Many of my clients have had to deal with psychopaths. It’s never fun. I even wrote about it here (Office Politics: Is this hill worth dying on?) and here (Dealing with Toxic CEOs). This is a great […]

  • Dressing for Success still works

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    Notching up your dress standards does make a difference: New studies suggest that when workers wear nicer clothes, they achieve more. Why Dressing for Success Leads to Success. Here are some pix (from the US/UK, so it’s a little more formal than Australians tend to be) that give you a sense of what each standard means.

  • How to look more popular

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    The outcomes of some cool research on what makes people look more popular in photos Stop watching at 3:50, because it’s just an ad for her program. Here are her keys: Don’t smirk Tilt your head (it says engaged and approachable) Do a REAL smile (with your eyes, not just your teeth)

  • Psychopaths abound

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    So you thought your boss was difficult. Is he or she actually a psychopath? Read about the high percentage of psychopaths in senior corporate life here. Then if you’re interested read my article on the things your CEO won’t tell you about corporate politics here. And how to deal with passive-aggressive people here.

  • Great Body Language

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    Most people are unaware of their body language. Hey, most people are unaware of many of the things that other people use to judge, categorise and navigate dealing with each other (what you wear, how you speak, what you tell people). If you want to look like a boss, influence people, get a date or just […]

  • Culture eats strategy for breakfast

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    It doesn’t matter how good your strategy is if the culture isn’t aligned with it. And when your culture IS aligned with strategy, then things magically happen. David Maister talked about it in Strategy and the Fat Smoker, and this article from Farnam Street summarises Plain Talk on the same subject.

  • What you take off matters

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    What clothing you take off during the day, in meetings, while presenting, while working at your computer, matters. Taking off a tie, a jacket and rolling up your sleeves signifies getting down to business. It’s so ingrained we even have it in our language. So pay attention to what you take off when. Since most […]

  • Consciously assess your status relationships

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    Neurological research tells us that one of the first things we assess when entering a room is status: where we fit in compared to the rest of the room. We don’t do it consciously. But you can begin to consciously assess and see how you can position yourself in a way which doesn’t lower your […]

  • What others are wearing matters

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    It’s not all about you. There is a consulting adage that you should dress as well as your most senior client. In organisations they suggest you wear the clothes for the job you plan to have next. It matters what others are wearing. In advertising or IT for example, there’s more cachet in no ties for […]