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Category: Get noticed for the right reasons

Three filters for your words

This month, I’ve heard two speakers talk about the three questions to ask before we open our mouths to tell someone ‘the truth’. Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? I call them the three filters to put our words through before we speak them.

Certainly the three filters are important when speaking directly to a person, sending an email, SMS or other correspondence.

Healthy settings for the DSLR camera of life

Last month when I was in Doha, I used my evenings and weekends to learn and experiment with the settings and features of a DSLR camera. In the process, my camera taught me a very important lesson about pro-actively exercising our choices in life. One night at dusk, I went outside our apartment building to try a few combinations of settings. The dusk lighting obscured the details of the buildings and trees around me. I took the first picture on the Auto setting. While it was a bit better than what my ‘point and shoot’ camera would have produced, it was dark and didn’t capture the essence of the scene at all.

Balance: casual vs formal

Do you sometimes forget to separate the role from the relationship or the person? It is easy to do and can lead to negative professional consequences. Alex, the Managing Director of a small finance company is a well respected, highly connected leader whose accessible, friendly style is balanced with high expectations of accountability and productivity. Two of his executives take a very casual approach to deadlines, email style and his one-on-one meetings with them.

The other contract that drives employee behaviour

Most people have a written contract that they work to but many are unaware of the invisible contract that everyone carries around in their head. It is the psychological contract which can lead to behaviour
(usually via a misplaced sense of entitlement) that can undermine a reputation and profile in a way that can be difficult to reverse.

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