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Have you got Executive Presence or ‘Invisible Man’ syndrome?

Have you ever wondered if you‘re the ‘Invisible Man’- you walk into a room and no one lifts their head to acknowledge you or break a conversation to let you in?

Executive presence may be the missing ingredient for you and I am glad to say that you can develop it! I recently completed a short educational programme from Linked In on the topic and I would recommend anyone to have a look at it. It takes about 2 hours to complete and is packed with tips and practical advice.

The main points that I took from it were to manage my thinking – to be fully engaged in how I think. They use a great expression, ‘to be persistently present’ – not as easy as it sounds but worth the effort of mastering it.

I tend to think about lots of what I do as playing a game of chess – every move I make has an impact on me and the other person; if I can try to anticipate what they may do then I can make better decisions and be in much better control even in unfamiliar situations. Linked In gave loads of examples but here are a couple;

If you think that you ‘need to be right’ then your ego will get in the way as you focus on proving how smart you are. If you think about it, you don’t need to be right, you need to be effective. If you need to be effective, you will give more thought to how you are going to achieve that. Time spent listening and encouraging others can be very impactful.

Secondly, if you focus on ‘what you know’ – you will come across as arrogant and disinterested in others because you don’t take the time to find out what others know – you will better represent yourself if you focussed on bringing out the best in others.

Adopting these two examples shows an inner self confidence where the need is not to shout about yourself but to garner the views of the team.

I haven’t done the programme any justice here – take a look at it for yourself, see what you can learn and avoid being the ‘Invisible Man’.

Penny Whitelock F(inst)LM

Crystal Clear Business Solutions

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