Our Corporate Life
July 19, 2016   •   Volume 7, Issue 15   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    
In This Issue
♦   Feature Article: Use Silence Strategically
Ask Amanda: My peer is now my boss, ugh!
♦   Practical Tips: 5 Tips to Boost Your Brainpower
Use Silence Strategically

Leadership is not just about talking—not that you’d know it by the number of articles written about what to say and when to say it! Many times it’s better to say nothing at all. As baseball great Yogi Berra said, “You can observe a lot by just watching.”

With your team, it’s a good idea to watch what happens and listen closely when you ask a question. You can learn as much or more by what isn’t said and learn the subtleties of team dynamics by doing so.
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Thought to Ponder

It’s easier to find fault than change long-standing beliefs.

Practical Tips: 5 Tips to Boost Your Brainpower

Success at work is predicated on a well-functioning brain. Give yourself a leg up by trying these five tips.

Use red ink. A study from the University of Regensburg in Germany found that the color red bonds to our memory better than other colors, making it ideal for recalling what’s on your to do list.
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  ask Amanda

I have a new “boss” who used to be my peer. I can't believe she was promoted above me! She doesn’t know what she’s doing and spends most of her time yapping. I love my job but can’t stand the thought of reporting to her. What should I do? J.M. Short Hills, NJ

Amanda Mitchell

First, the competition is over and she won. Griping about her behavior (“yapping”) and her competence (“doesn’t know what she’s doing”) positions you as immature and unprofessional.
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