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What If They Were In The Room?


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I have a little game I like to play in professional conversations. I call it “what if they were in the room?”

This is something you can do any time you’re discussing a third party, whether it’s a colleague, a candidate, or a customer. It might be a vendor or just someone you know professionally. Playing the game is mostly asking that question, but it sure is powerful. (Read the rest of this post…)

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Wed, June 20 2018 » Corporate Culture, Self Development » No Comments

Everyone is Overqualified


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I don’t even need to look it up to tell you with confidence that pretty much nobody thinks they are overpaid for their job. If you were to survey people, most would say they should be paid more or they are paid enough, and only a tiny handful would disagree.

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Wed, June 6 2018 » Career Planning and Goal Setting, Corporate Culture » No Comments

Making an Effort Makes the Difference


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Perhaps another aspect of midwestern sensibility is to be polite when asked questions. Here in Indiana, we want to respond in a friendly way, even if the question isn’t one we’d prefer to answer. That’s why making an effort before you ask the question makes all the difference (Read the rest of this post…)

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Wed, May 30 2018 » Change Managment and Learning Organization, Self Development » No Comments

Of Course You Need a Job. But Don’t Act Like You Do.


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If there’s a good way to summarize the economy in Indiana (and in America at large), it’s this: most people need jobs, but most organizations only offer jobs because they can’t think of any other way to run their business.

Let’s say that again: any job you’ve ever had would go away if someone figured out how to do it without a person. (Read the rest of this post…)

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Wed, May 16 2018 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Hypocrisy in Business

Sometimes, people say one thing and do another. Sometimes it happens at work. And when you see it happening, it can make you feel angry, frustrated, or deflated. Is hypocrisy a problem at your organization? (Read the rest of this post…)

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Wed, May 9 2018 » Corporate Culture, Ethics and Fraud, Success Consciousness » 1 Comment

Being Correct vs. Being Right


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As a kid growing up I liked some classes more than others. In math there was a “right” answer, and that felt good to me. In history there was often a right answer as well, especially if we had to memorize the date of an important event or the name of a significant figure.

But not every class had “right” answers. And it wasn’t until much later that I learned that right wasn’t the word I should have been using.

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The word “right” means that something is proper. It is a judgement call about preferences and morals. There’s a “right” way to wear a necktie, a “right” way to hold a fork, and a “right” way to greet a new person. Sometimes these are just conventions, and everybody knows it. Other times, they are part of our social order and we have a hard time seeing it any other way.

But the word “right” has a dark side. If something is right, then doing something else is wrong. That’s where judgement and moral authority come in. “You’re doing it wrong” or “You’re all wrong” or “That is wrong.” If there is right and wrong, there is good and bad, honorable and evil.

Instead, we may be better off with the word “correct.” If something is correct, it has been verified. It is able to be checked and tested. Like the math problems of my youth, a correct answer can be worked backwards to arrive at the original question. A correct answer is always correct in those circumstances.

The opposite of correct, of course, is incorrect. But we typically use that word to describe situations and actions, not people. We don’t say “you’re incorrect” but “that’s incorrect.” Because correctness is about facts, not opinions. Correctness is about order and structure and consistency, not about what someone thinks is best.

Perhaps most intriguing of all is that correct vs. incorrect still leaves lots of rooms. There’s often more than one correct answer to a problem, and more than one correct way of getting to that answer. And in some cases, there is no answer that is correct or incorrect. Rather, there is a practice which gets us the closest to correct. It’s not the right way to do it, because there is no one right way.

But it’s a good idea. And so aiming to be correct rather than right.

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Wed, April 25 2018 » Ethics and Fraud » No Comments