Tag Archives: Status and power

  • 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 […]

  • Managing anger the smart way

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    We all get angry. (I get angry all the time). And I know it clouds my judgement. We know that making decisions when angry is not a good idea. This post from Eric Barker summarises the best of recent research on managing anger, which comes down to: Don’t deny it or suppress it Venting doesn’t actually work […]

  • Why Karaoke will give you success at work

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    Karaoke can make you look foolish. But showing your vulnerabilities can work to make you more popular. See this excellent post from Barking up the Wrong Tree which suggests ways to improve difficult relationships, including Screw up: If you’ve been presenting too perfect an image, it’s time for karaoke. Show you care: Apologize for the rain […]

  • What you didn’t know you needed to know

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    Watch Susan Colantuono on the missing 33% (TM). Aside from the annoying “tm” it’s got a great message: financial strategic and business acumen is a given for senior roles but it’s never spoken about when people are giving advice on how to succeed. She quotes one (male) mentor who says he helps women mentorees with confidence […]

  • Status, Lying and Email

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    The Secret Language Code: Scientific American shows how linguistic analysis can predict your status compared to your readers’, your academic success at university and whether or not you are lying! Mostly based on pronouns, concrete nouns and verbs.   And if you’d like to make your emails be more welcome and helpful, consider telling your […]

  • How’s your strategy?

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    Six Strategy Traps outlines the do-it-all strategy the Don Quixote Strategy the Waterloo Strategy the something-for-everyone strategy the dreams-that-never-come-true strategy the program-of-the-month strategy. Which one are you in danger of setting up right now? Fix it!

  • Getting Luckier

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    If you think a lot of the people around you got successful through lucky breaks, how do you manufacture some lucky breaks of your own? For starters, try Five Techniques to Improve Your Luck