letter to a new manager

Persuasion

In Communication, influence, persuasion on May 25, 2015 at 8:00 pm

A whiteboard video on persuasion summarizing many years of study on the the psychology of persuasion.  Also the key components from a book that is on my “to read” list.

The key shortcuts to persuasion are:

– reciprocity
– scarcity
– authority
– consistency
– liking
– consensus

Though it’s useful to have shortcuts that can be used ethically to influence, I have likely benefited more from reading about how to communicate with people in a way that is compelling  (like the Heath brothers’ work, Made to Stick).

Four Reasons You Should Stop Feeling Guilty About Leaving Your Job

In career on May 18, 2015 at 8:00 pm

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Four Reasons You Should Stop Feeling Guilty About Leaving Your Job.

I know that I am not alone in feeling guilt at leaving jobs.

This is a good piece that has some pointed material on why you do no one any favours to stay in a job when it is only for reasons of guilt.  I think that we forget that we as professionals are expected to move on to grow and develop.  In addition, the costs of missing an opportunity and staying put, specifically costs on your morale as an employee, may well outweigh the short term angst of deciding when it is time to move on.

7 Habits Of People Who Are Happy At Work | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

In anger and leadership, humility and leadership, learning, mindset, stress on May 17, 2015 at 8:00 pm

7 Habits Of People Who Are Happy At Work | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.

A simple list but it works for me.

Thinks that make the grade:

– committing to improving as a lifetime goal

– not getting caught up in things beyond your control

–  helping others

– expressing gratitude

– managing emotions and having a sense of humour

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