The Blog by Mark Murphy and Leadership IQ
This is probably going to sound like pretty weird career advice, but if you’re looking for a new job, don’t conduct a job search. Instead, conduct a company search. Let me explain.
The best companies out there, the kinds of organizations you really want to work for, hire people that are great fits for their culture.
Green Light work is good. It’s the stuff you were hired to do. It’s essential to your job and your work goals, and without it, you might as well not even be there.
When we think about all the ways we have to communicate with each other, and there are a bunch of them in the workplace setting, most communication modalities offer some possibility of messaging beyond the words we say.
Face-to-face communication, which has the biggest communication bandwidth, for example, lets us stuff a whole lot more information than just words into our message.
So you’re going to manage them by doing the opposite (i.e. you’re going to be calm, cool and Factual).
Sometimes when people mess up at work, they dodge accountability and shift the responsibility to someone else. This is called blame.
Far too many of us have experienced an employee missing a deadline and trying to throw a colleague under the bus for their mistake, like:
“I couldn’t get this report done on time because of that jerk Pat in accounting.
But imagine that instead of giving your proposal the green light, the boss says “that’s a good try, but I’d like to go in a different direction.”
But most interviewers ask behavioral questions in a way that gives away the correct answer and thus ruins the question’s effectiveness.