Our Corporate Life
June 28, 2011   •   Volume 2, Issue 13   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    
In This Issue
♦   Feature Article: The Art of the Set Up
Ask Amanda: Im unhappy in my job but like my quality of life. I feel trapped. Help!
♦   Practical Tips: Incorporating Humor
The Art of the Set Up

An often overlooked yet critically important aspect of any manager’s job is to position information and interactions with others. Too often an assumption is made that others have top-of-mind awareness of the details of your projects. Even for people working on those projects, that’s often not the case! Increase the effectiveness and efficiency of your interactions with others and help them identify the value you provide by thoughtful positioning.

What does “positioning” mean in this sense?
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Thought to Ponder

To make a change you must let go of something.

Practical Tips: Incorporating Humor

Humor is an often underrated management tool. Used appropriately, humor can help build relationships, diffuse tension, manage conflict, refocus conversations, and stimulate create thinking. “Appropriate” is the key concept here.

  • When using humor, be sensitive to people’s moods—if they are very upset, they will interpret humor as a sign of disrespect.
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     ask Amanda

    I'm not happy with my job but I like the quality of life my salary gives me. I find it depressing to contemplate working like this until I can save enough to get the job I really want. Any suggestions? K.H., New York, NY

    Amanda Mitchell

    Your question is full of assumptions—the job you “really want” will require a pay cut, your current situation cannot be improved, and your only option is to defer your career happiness. If these are true statements I can see how you’d be depressed. However, I question why you are choosing to cede control of your situation rather than take action to make it better.
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