Occasionally, I come across ideas and tips that really deserve to be shared. The following ideas may actually improve your game. They aren’t mine, but they need to be seen by more folks. Plus a couple are actually fun.

Check out these “How To’s” and see what you think:

Five ways to feign sincerity – (Important for anyone who has a boss just so-full-of-himself you can’t stand it.)

  1. Make eye contact: Nothing says sincere like a willingness to plumb the depths of your acquaintance’s soul.
  2. Stare at the table for a minute: Sometimes things get so outstanding you just need a minute to stare…to re-evaluate your place in the universe.
  3. Overshare: Doesn’t matter if it’s relevant…this will make it seem like you’re really in deep.
  4. Swivel your head: Nodding yes means I get it, shut up. But a slow “no” means I can’t believe the fascinating things you’re telling me!
  5. Lean back in your chair: This says you’re totally relaxed… ready to hear some secrets. (These were courtesy of Wired Magazine, August 2008.)

Three tactics to Make ROWE work in your organization (ROWE means results oriented workplace, a way to manage in the era of increased staff requests for flextime. This can be enabling but also cause supervisors to get ansty because they aren’t sure that the employee isn’t really slacking off during work hours. Which misses the point of having flextime as far as the employee is concerned.)

  1. Set measurable goals: Have written expectations and track progress weekly. But let the employee determine how and when to get the job done. Says Cali Ressler, co-author of “Why Work Sucks,” Managers have to learn not to be hall monitors.” I say: Amen!
  2. Eradicate Toxic Language: Snarky asides about the # of hours people are putting in can undermine a results-only effort.
  3. Set an example: Take the afternoon off. The boss has to show it really is ok to leave the office. (From INC Magazine, Aug 2008)

Save thousands on an employee manual – Find downloadable forms, software, and complete manuals online for as little as $100 or $200 compared with up to $5,000 to bring a consultant in to create one for your organization. Casey Wilson, a restaurant and retail consultant cautions, however, “be prepared to rewrite before issuing it.” And get an employment lawyer to review it as well. Go to sites like osha-gov or shrm.org for more information. (The INC. Guidebook, Vol. 1 No.5)
Top four reasons why jerks get ahead – Don’t you hate it when the jerk gets the praise, the raise, or the promotion? We all do; but these ideas from the book, The No A**H*** Rule by Robert J Sutton, are pretty insightful.

  1.  Jerks not afraid to go first – they’ll take something while you’re being polite.
  2.  They feel both entitled and deserving – so they have no compunction about going after things
  3. They don’t mind hurting your feelings, after all it’s your fault if you get hurt, right?
  4. You know where they’re coming from – they’re clear about what they want and don’t want. Compare that with the “nice” ones who make you crazy because they won’t make a call. (The book’s title is a little more colorful by the way. This item came from The Los Angeles Times, July 27, 2008, Solve Anything with Dr Mark.)

Use any or all of these with caution.


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