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- What is Culture Anyway?
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- Why You Should Keep Your LinkedIn Profile Up To Date
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- Examining the myth: Do extraverts make better networkers?
- Lessons from the Roller Rink
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- A Quick Guide to Informational Interviews
- 5 Questions To Ask Your Boss
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Category Archives: Self-Awarenes
A great ad from Pantene about the ways in which the same behaviors are interpreted differently when carried out by men vs. women. Watch the video.
There’s a myth out there that extraverts make better networkers. (In fact, there’s a lot of myths out there about introverts and extraverts but lo, I digress.) The ‘extraverts-make-better-networkers’ myth takes on various forms, including one of my favorites: ‘to be a better networker, just be more extraverted.’
Networking skills and a preference for introversion or extraversion are independent concepts. One does not imply the other. Networking skills are social skills, and social skills are learned.
I love to roller skate — indoor skating in a good rink with great music and a primo floor. There’s nothing like getting lost in a song while you glide effortlessly a few inches above the floor.
I’m pretty good at it too — or at least I was back in the day. During college I even taught classes, including one for PE credit to my fellow students. I still have the syllabus tucked away somewhere.
What’s your end goal?
During those college days people would often come up to me during open skating sessions and proclaim, with a proud sense of accomplishment, that they had not fallen down all night. I imagine that they thought the goal for the evening was to not fall down. I assume they were afraid to fall.
Want a better relationship with your boss? It’s easier than you think to create a great working relationship. The secret is effective communications and a mutual understanding of what you expect from each other.
Ask these questions on a regular basis, so that you know you and your boss are on the same page. Try inserting one or two of them into your one-on-one meetings with your boss — in the most open-ended way you can. Let your boss surprise you!
People think and process ideas in multitude of ways. In general, extraverts tend to think externally; they need to verbalize their thoughts to think. Introverts, on the other hand, prefer to have their thoughts more fully formed before they speak. These differences in preferences can have profound differences in how effectively people communicate.