ARTICLE OF THE MONTH: "How to Take Control of Your Reputation at Work" by Selena Rezvani in Be Leaderly
The most important career capital you have isn't your technical skills or academic pedigree. It's not your high-flying title. It's not even your relationships... It's your reputation. In every job, people will wonder if you have what it takes to get things done and if you can deal with a wide range of people. They'll be more than curious if you can handle crises and adversity. My favorite mentor has been known to caution, "Your reputation gets to the next place before you do...What will it be?"
To take control of your own professional reputation, you need more that just good everyday performance. Consider the following simple but effective reputation-builders to improve your credibility at work.
"Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box" by The Arbinger Institute - BookReviewed by TLP Cohort #5 Member
This book refers to people being "IN THE BOX" or "OUT OF THE BOX." People "in the box" are those who look at others as objects and/or stepping stones to benefit themselves and their personal growth in life or in a company.
People "outside of the box" are those who see others as individuals and look to listen to their ideas and suggestions to achieve common ground to benefit the organization.
The book goes on to teach you how to get "out of the box," which helps dramatically with how your employees view you as a person, which in turn creates a better working relationship with your employees and creates a more productive and less conflictive work environment.
I would recommend this book to others as it not only applies to the workplace but also helps with personal relationships and family issues.
"19 Ways to Be a Bad Boss" by Kevin Sheridan
There is a reason Hollywood produced a movie called Horrible Bosses, as well as a sequel. Listen in on conversations at a happy hour on any given Friday, and you will hear all about them. Bad bosses can be found at every level of management, and they often display the same characteristics.
During nearly all of my leadership development workshops, after explaining how important the manager-employee relationship is to improving employee engagement, I will challenge the participants to become someone's "best boss." We then explore the qualities of a best boss. However, it is just as valuable to consider the opposite. What attributes do horrible bosses most often exhibit? The list will not only help you realize if you are working for a bad boss, but also allow you to reflect on whether you are exhibiting any of these traits yourself.
2018 Northeast Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Summit: June 12th & June 13th
Connecticut is hosting the 2018 Northeast Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Summit on June 12th and June 13th. We would like to invite you to attend this event. There is no registration fee for your participation.
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