Make your words count. Guard against attacks of hypocrisy by taking preventive steps:
Prepare examples. Support your assertions. Before you make a general observation, list at least three convincing supporting points to back up your claim. Anticipate the question, “Can you give an example?”
Skip the blather. Hypocrites spout lofty platitudes and then embrace business as normal. Save yourself the grief by avoiding overused phrases such as, “People come first here” or “The only constant is change.”
Express gutsy opinions. Rank-and-file employees may decide their boss is a hypocrite for serving as a mouthpiece for the top brass. While it’s vital that a seniorteam speak in a unified voice, take an unpopular stance on occasion if you’re driven by what’s best for the organization.
- Lessons from the 2006 SHRM conference: Invest more time and money in succession planning
- Playing favorites: How to avoid unintended partiality in decisions, reviews
- When a family atmosphere gets a bit out of hand
- Prescription for procrastinators
- Warn managers and supervisors: You may be personally liable for discrimination!