- Turn a bad idea into a good idea by asking “why?”
- Win the mind game.
To harness the power of others’ unconscious brains, kick off every important dialogue with your pearly whites. “If I smile at someone, mirror neurons mimic that behavior. To some extent, that person smiles inside.”
- Cut the urgency BS. “High Priority” emails will get you no where.
- Tackle failure.
- Avoid blame.
- Ask questions.
- Make failure a regular part of conversation.
- Understand your quiet colleagues.
- Explain an idea.
- Keep explanations clear and simple.
What are some other tips for navigating conversation in the workplace?
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Be positive. Be part of the solution and not part of the problem. Banish negativity.
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About A Sellout's Samizdat
My journalism career sucked, and that ship's headed for the deep anyway, so I sold out. My corporate job is a joke by comparison, but it's fun in many ways to be a drone to capitalism. Here's my story of what it's like to be a sellout - published in modern-day Soviet samizdat style. If my boss knew, I'd get sent to Siberia. And while I'm at it, why not poke fun at the dumb behavior of my former tribe?
Ask me anything How Did You Sell Out With Style?