Stop apologizing before asking questions

Excerpt from LinkedIn Daily Rundown Published on June 29, 2018

Question mark in chalk on blackboardIt doesn’t just make you look bad, it also discourages others from asking their own questions, writes University of Texas psychology professor Art Markman. Prefacing questions with an apology promotes the misguided assumption that we understand what people are telling us. But we often need to engage with and respond to what we are hearing to fully understand. One great way to do that? Asking questions. The pre-question apology sends a message to the group that being confused is unacceptable. • Here’s what people are saying.

Beware the friendship-jealousy trap

Excerpt from LinkedIn Daily Rundown Published on June 29, 2018

Office meetingWe’re more threatened when our friends out-do us than when a stranger bests us in the same way, reports The New York Times’ Tim Herrera. That’s because we are psychologically primed to compare ourselves most to those closest to us, even to the point of subconsciously sabotaging our friends’ efforts. You can choose to be proud of your friends instead. Remember that you do not have the same exact goals as them and that their achievements don’t take anything away from yours. • Here’s what people are saying.

July 4th Flier

Here is a flier marking the July 4th holiday and the contributions of federal employees to our country.

In preparation for the July 4th holiday, here is a flier to help you mark the occasion in your workplaces.

I encourage you to post and distribute this flier in your workplaces to honor our nation’s Independence Day and the contributions of federal employees.

Closeup of United States flag