I wanted to explore the issue of aggression at work, so I decided to bring on not one, but two fabulous guests to share their perspective and help me wrestle out loud with these issues.
My guests were Bridgett Hart, business coach at Hart Connections, and Arielle Hale, community manager at AppSumo, about being aggressive at work. You can follow them on Twitter at @arielle_hale and @HartConnections
Disclaimer: I’m really new to podcasting, and this is my first time having two guests on at once. There are definitely things I need to improve on (like talking less, interrupting less, introducing guests better, asking more questions, learning how to edit and modulating audio levels, and figuring out how to use Audacity to cut less than 10 seconds), but I listened to some old episodes of This American Life, and I think I’m doing okay…and that you’ll get a lot out of their insight, despite my developing moderation skills.
- What’s the difference between being too aggressive and simply showing a lot of hustle?
- How does the risk of being too passive factor in?
- What are some rules of thumb to follow when determining how to approach a situation?
- How can we make sure our criticism (or that others have of us) gets real results?
- What are some ways to we learn from mistakes going forward?
- Does gender play a factor? Should it?
- If you do this in an email, I hate you. (The Oatmeal) If the cc: all monster comes a’ knockin’…
- Dramatic Emotional Exits and Destroyed Reputations (Agnes & Day) My guest post for Melissa Agnes’ fabulous blog is my attempt to explain why one should pick their battles and make sure their reaction is appropriate to the situation.
- Don’t Type At Me Like That! Email and Emotions (Psychology Today)
Not all criticism is shaming. In fact, even the most severe criticism when it fairly hits the mark is apt to be greeted with an internal Ah-hah! if it shows the artist a new and valid path for work. The criticism that damages is that which disparages, dismisses, ridicules, or condemns. It is frequently vicious but vague and difficult to refute. This is the criticism that damages. -Julia Cameron
- Nicky Minaj: Bossing Up (video)
We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are. -Anais Nin
The first three episodes
Just in case you missed them:
Episode 1: Net Neutrality with Bartees Cox
Episode 2: Metrics with Sam Blake
Episode 3: Age Dynamics with Holden Page