It may not be easy to acknowledge that you are a defensive communicator. Understand that being defensive makes it difficult for others to speak honestly with you, as they don’t want to upset you. Some common defense mechanisms include sarcasm, blaming, trivializing, overexplaining or withdrawing. Here are steps you can take to address it.
Popular culture has promoted the idea of the Queen Bee boss—a woman executive who actively blocks the career advancement of other women (think Meryl Streep’s role in “The Devil Wears Prada”). While it makes for a juicy character, it’s far from today’s workplace reality, according to a Catalyst report.
All administrative professionals I work with have more on their plate than ever before. If you’re going to grow the number of executives you serve, yet the number of people supporting that growth remains the same, you may reconsider and start empowering your executive.
How many times has your company or department held brainstorming sessions to generate fresh ideas? Guess what? That method is a creativity killer.
As Harvard Business School professor and researcher Amy Cuddy notes, “Our bodies change our minds, and our minds can change our behavior, and our behavior can change our outcomes.” It’s all based on body language.
Too often women hesitate to ask for what they want, need and deserve until given permission. Women are just as effective at negotiating—it’s simply a matter of choosing to do so.
Research shows that women who are afraid to have an assertive conversation at work are more likely to want to leave their jobs. Rather than resign, you can learn how to have those conversations that might feel uncomfortable. Consider the following examples.
Highlighting your achievements to those who can advance your career can be painfully awkward. But research shows that to get ahead, we have to make those with influence aware of our achievements. You want to be a human highlighter.
Discouragers seem to need to point out others’ flaws, conveniently unaware of their own shortcomings. While you may have to put up with a discourager, you don’t have to follow suit; you have opportunities in your workday to be an encourager.
Are you aware of how much you influence others daily? Here are three techniques to increase your ability to persuade and gain results.