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Understanding the importance of constructive criticism
How to receive constructive criticism positively
How to use constructive criticism to improve performance
People’s time is limited and you don’t want them to have to search for your point.
If you need a status update, be direct and ask for it. Drop the “This is just a friendly nudge…” or “When you have a moment…” and ask “I have to get X over to Y at Z time today. Can you give me a status please?”
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Actions may speak louder than words, but our words still hold tremendous power
If your goal is to have your voice heard and your ideas respected at work, cruise over the phrases below, and if you’re guilty of saying them, consider a re-word or eliminate them entirely.
When asking for a hand from a co-worker, announcing you’re about to bother them, increases the odds of you actually bothering them.
“The words we say become the world we see!”
if you catch yourself complaining instead of saying “Sorry for venting” or “Sorry for laying this on you,” tr...
Not fully formed thoughts and ideas can get messy and you should be working at a place that allows you to explore. But if you feel as if you’re rambling and your message isn’t landing - back up and start again.
Phrases like — “I’m not an expert, but…” and his popular cousin — “I’m not sure if this is a good idea….” are harmless prefaces for relaxed brainstorming sessions. But if you’re in a situation where you’re trying to get people to respect you and take your ideas seriously, these phrases undermine ...
Weak objections tend to not only get overruled, but they send a signal to people that you’re not willing to take a stand.
“The client said they don’t like plastic, what about using glass?” is more effective than saying, “It’s just that the client said they don’t want to use plastic.” Or any...
One of the major keys to advancement — if not the key — is found in how well you and your colleagues thoughtfully disagree.
Don’t hedge and take power away from your position by leading with “I don’t necessarily agree with this, but…” or “I’m not sure I agree with this…”
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Take control of your time by choosing where you direct your attention. And your daily Highlight is the target of that attention.
Principles for picking your Highlight:
When it comes to setting goals, focus all your attention on one wildly important goal at a time. In doing so, you will execute better than if you spread yourself too thinly.
Choosing the right WIG:
It’s an incredible habit to take even a few moments at the beginning of your day (or the end of the day before) to give some thought to where you’d like to concentrate your attention.
Ask yourself: What is worth doing today? What is worth focusing on? What is worth spending the limited ...
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