Earlier this week, I pointed out that it's both normal and beneficial to be competitive at work. Being competitive makes you more productive and (ultimately) helps your company become more competitive as well. As an competitive person myself, I've been observing other hyper-competitors for a long time.
Yesterday, I explained why you should never apologize for being competitive. Because I believe competition is essentially healthy, I think that companies would be wise to give employees something to openly compete for: salaries and compensation. In the typical corporation, only two groups openly compete for compensation: Sales and C-level execs.
Personal competitiveness has gotten a bad name over the past few years. While everyone agrees that companies need "competitive advantage," management gurus look askance at individuals who compete with others in the workplace. The ideal, according to the gurus, is a "collaborative culture" where people work together to achieve common goals.
In the past, I've come down pretty hard on millennials for being self-centered and questioned their claims to be technologically more savvy than previous generations. However, there are six areas where, IMHO, millennials are a distinct improvement: Prior to the millennials, literature was on the ropes. Book sales were dropping; literacy rates were plummeting.
Over the years, I've attended several hundred corporate events, trade shows and conferences. Most of them were utterly forgettable but a handful--a small handful--stick in my memory. For years, I wondered why this was so. What was the difference between those rare events that made everyone who attended say "WOW!"
I've written a LOT about making presentations more memorable and more persuasive, but I've held back on this technique because I'm a bit embarrassed that I've actually used it. So I'll make this post short and, ahem..., sweet.
Charisma is the ability to influence and inspire others merely by your presence. According to a recent article in The Atlantic, several new scientific studies reveal that charismatic people habitually use the following key behaviors: Humans use stories to put facts into context and give meaning to random events of the world.
We live in a noisy world. Media, traditional and social, clamors for attention. Emails and texts clog our phones. Our open-plan offices echo with "collaboration. To get our message heard, we're told to " cut through the noise." So we brand a little harder, talk a little louder, push more content out the door.
In previous columns, I've explained how geniuses like Einstein organized their desks and what your desk will look like 100 years from now. However, I haven't yet provided much advice on how to make your work area work better for you.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. David Pogue)
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both politicians Barack Obama and Mitt Romney by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama +Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.