I’ve read some interesting articles on Unwritten Rules in various situations. They have a lot to inform us about because they describe how to deal with an organization’s culture, gender and personality types in organizational hierarchies, and relationships with colleagues. Here’s the first: Bill Swanson’s 25 “Unwritten Rules of Management” http://cfayn.th8.us/ 1. Learn to say, “I don’t know.” If used when appropriate, it will be often. 2. It is easier to get into something than it is to get out of it. 3. If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much. 4. Look for what is missing. Many know how to improve what’s there, but few can see what isn’t there. 5. Viewgraph rule: When something appears on a viewgraph (an overhead transparency), assume the world knows about it, and deal with it accordingly. 6. Work for a boss with whom you are comfortable telling it like it is. Remember that you can’t pick your relatives, but you can pick your boss. 7. Constantly review develo
Do you have a photo posted in your online profiles and web spaces? I have been surprised to notice in the past few months how many of my colleagues and friends do NOT have a photo posted. In many cases, they are new to the website (e.g., just joined LinkedIn). It has made me wonder why. I remember the early days of life online. I didn’t post my photo for several years but I finally got over my nervousness in 1999. (Those were also the years where the most common place to post a photo was in online dating sites.) Nowadays, there is much more openness and comfort with our lives being lived online as well as in person. Many of you readers are online in multiple spaces – both professionally and personally. I recommend that you post a photo in your various web spaces – and also that you use the same photo in all your professional sites. (I just changed my photo and made sure that LinkedIn, my SueMentors blog, and my SueMentors twitter profile all use the same photo.) Why?