Micromessaging: Why Great Leadership is Beyond Words / Edition 1

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Overview

Change the way you do business with the nonverbal gestures that can make or break any business relationship

A blank look, an averted gaze, or a dismissive shrug . . . we all know how other people's nonverbal cues can make us feel, even if they are delivered or received without conscious awareness. But do you know the ways in which these subtle behaviors can define your ability to influence the performance of others for better-or worse?

Stephen Young, one of the foremost experts on leadership, introduces the concept of micromessages-the gestures, facial expressions, tones of voice, word choices, eye contact, and interactive nuances that can be either debilitating or empowering to employees and to the power of leadership. Once you understand these micromessages, you'll be able to improve your leadership skills by

  • Getting inside your organization's cultural DNA to spark change
  • Diffusing negative micromessages (microinequities) and use positive micromessages (microadvantages) to spark creativity, improve performance, and exceed goals
  • Infusing positive micromessages at all levels of the organization, achieving a strong, inclusive, and high-performing work environment
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Here are three new titles handling various aspects of corporate communication, a subject about which there seems more and more to communicate. Negotiation expert Brodow (Beating the Success Trap) has put his popular corporate Negotiation Boot Camp seminar into book form, offering a 12-week course (a chapter a week) wherein "recruits" learn different skills until they can intrepidly tackle the trickiest negotiations. While his building blocks have relevance in the workplace with clients, staff, and management, Brodow's advice, garnered from the streets of his hometown of Brooklyn, NY, and his Fortune 500 clients, proves handy for everyday situations as well. Readers, for instance, will learn about buying a car or negotiating medical fees. Professional facilitator Dressler (president, Blue Wing Consulting) offers up a simple formula to help managers implement a cooperative process of consensus decision making. He outlines the best conditions for attempting it and makes clear when his formula is unlikely to be the best tool. Dressler works through the preparation process, explains how to deal with disagreements, explores obstacles to consensus, and offers tips on the dynamics of meetings. He views consensus as an excellent method for motivating employees as they help to craft their organizations through the decision-making process. We've probably all been guilty of exchanging sly looks with colleagues during an interminable meeting. But what happens when it's the boss rolling her eyes while you're doing the talking? Organizational guru Young (former senior VP, JPMorgan Chase) explores the nearly subliminal messages that managers send to their staff. Micro-messages are those simple, subtle gestures and expressions that give away what we're really thinking. Malcolm Gladwell's Blink covered a certain amount of this territory, but Young is more concerned with workplace implications as he coaches managers on better and fairer ways to communicate. He explores "microinequities," i.e., visually or verbally telegraphed signals that make people feel rotten and contribute to underperformance. "Microadvantages," on the other hand, are gestures of praise or encouragement that give people a warm feeling and make them want to perform well. This is an engaging and enlightening work with implications not only for managers but also for anyone in-or under-a position of authority. Negotiation is recommended for larger public business collections; the slim but highly practical Consensus is recommended for academic and larger public business collections. Micromessaging is highly recommended for the same.-Carol J. Elsen, Univ. of Wisconsin-Whitewater Libs. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071467575
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 250,700
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

For more than a decade, organizational guru Stephen Young has brought his powerful message about micromessaging and leadership to executives in businesses spanning fifteen countries. In 2002, Young founded Insight Education Systems, a management consulting firm specializing in leadership and organizational development, applying these concepts to nearly 10% of the Fortune 500 and many of their CEOs and leadership teams. Previously, as Senior Vice President at JP Morgan Chase he managed the firm's worldwide diversity strategy. Under his leadership, the company garnered numerous awards including the Catalyst Award and Fortune magazine's list of Top 50 Companies for Minorities, and it was ranked as the #1 company for diversity by Inc. magazine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2007

    Insightful advice

    Micromessages are those subtle ¿ and sometimes not-so-subtle ¿ nonverbal messages that people send through body language, tone of voice and the way they inflect words. Micromessages signal at an immediate gut level how people feel about each other. You can use nice words when speaking to other people, but if at the same time you inadvertently send out negative micromessages, those nonverbal signals will have a more enduring impact than anything you say. Managers, supervisors and other leaders should become avid students of their own facial expressions, styles of personal engagement, body language and other nonverbal communicative attributes. Then they should try to send positive micromessages, not harmful ones that breed resentment and undermine performance. This book is easy to read and understand, but we believe that it delivers an important lesson: Micromessages matter, so mind your unspoken communications. Those small signals have a large reverberation.

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