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workplace beliefs

Do Workplace Beliefs Outweigh Documented Results?

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What are your workplace beliefs? Do you believe you and your team are doing your best work? Do believe in the quality, customer satisfaction, and the efficiencies of your goods or services?

Have you ever believed in something so strongly that you tend to ignore the facts?

People believe in many things.


Global Warming



Moon Landing

It only takes one of these to get people engaged in a discussion, and I haven’t even mentioned conspiracy theories, government transparency, and the age of the Great Sphinx of Giza.

Most beliefs are personal, that is why they are often said to be off-limits in the workplace or in mixed social settings. Religion and politics are two of the most commonly suggested to avoid.

Imagine a belief in any one thing. Imagine the belief to be so strong that you can’t see the facts, you deny the existence of evidence, and you push forward with your belief.

What effort or extremes might you go to in order to keep your belief alive?

Workplace Beliefs

Sometimes the missing element in the workplace is belief. Dreams are shattered, expectations squandered, and the future outlook appears to be more of the same.

Forcing people into a belief is unlikely at best.

It is compelling messages, forward motion, and the perception of evidence that help shape direction. Even when the data may illustrate something contrary to the belief.

You can present the facts, show the data, and tell the story. Personal commitment will always be based on belief.

People spend a lifetime trying to prove someone or something wrong. People spend a lifetime trying to prove something as correct.

Bring the documentation but it is not nearly as powerful as what each individual chooses to believe.


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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wasteful worrying

Wasteful Worrying, What Will You Choose?

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You want to make a change, take a chance, or understand what the future holds. Uncertainty often leads to wasteful worrying. Is that where you’re at?

Worry is about choice. A choice to contemplate over and over again. A choice to wonder or fantasize negativity about a pending outcome.

Everyone Worries

It’s easy to worry. It’s easy to remember the things that went wrong. Everything that happens when you let your guard down or fail to take some advice from someone else.

Worry drives us to do many things.

A few of them may be positive. The double check, the confirmation, or reading over the draft document one more time.

Most worry is a waste of time though. It is a waste of your energy and other precious resources.

It may bring others down. Cause a stir, even a panic.

We often worry because we feel afraid. Fear causes hesitation. Hesitation sometimes results in missed opportunities, or worse, closed doors.

Some people place worry on faith. A belief that things will work out as they should.

Others will place it on a gamble. Take a chance, or throw in the cards.

Can you do better?

Will you make a better choice for the use of your time?

Wasteful Worrying

If you have no control over the pending outcome, why worry?

If you have control over the pending outcome, can you count on your knowledge and expertise? Is there a metric, a track record, or benchmark data?

Should you be more confident?

What if you committed to worry less? What if every time you felt it coming on you made a different choice about your energy allocation?

It’s easy to worry. Nothing worthwhile comes easily.


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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knowledge equalizer

Knowledge Equalizer and What You Study

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Knowledge is often considered to be power. Those in the know versus those who don’t know. What you study may be the great knowledge equalizer.

Jack’s hobby is gardening. He knows much more about growing vegetables than the average person. He reads everything he can find about creating the perfect gardening environment.

Susan loves cosmetics and beauty aids. She watches hours of makeup videos, reads on-line blogs on the subject, and knows hundreds of tricks and tips.

James is into big diesel pickup trucks. He watches videos, studies hop-up literature, and attends every swamp meet he can find. His truck is awesome and everyone in his small town seeks him out for diesel hop-up advice.

Technology and Knowledge

Just three decades ago it was much harder to access information.

In the workplace, the data processing department held the key to what you wanted to know, only, very few could access it.

Green bar continuous form paper spewed from line printers in climate-controlled rooms with false floors. The computer operator assembled reports in 14 7/8 inch hanging binders.

A few of the more advanced executives had a green or amber monochrome monitor in the corner of their office but many those didn’t know how to log on.

Knowledge was definitely power, only very few had access.

Knowledge Equalizer

Today it is a completely different World for those in first World countries. Information, lots of information is available right at your fingertips.

You can read, listen, and watch information right from the palm of your hand. You can study whatever you choose. If you study the information, becoming knowledgeable about a subject happens faster than ever before.

Certainly, data reliability and validity matter. The quality of information sources needs to be scrutinized. Facts will always need to be separated from opinions. Yet, the opportunity to gain power through knowledge has never been easier.

What should you know more about?

What are you reading, watching, and studying?

Is there information to help you build your career?

Knowledge is the great equalizer.


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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Understand power

Leadership Habit 46: Understand Power

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Most of the things that happen in the workplace have an emotional connection. Yes, many leaders talk about removing the emotion, using logic, and frequently give reminders that it is just business. Influence is powerful in leadership roles. Do you understand power?

For many, leadership is about power. It is the ability to control everything, call the shots, and flex the muscle. Power may be considered a form of positive influence, and it does work. In other cases, it may feel harsh and it may evoke fear.

Influenced by Power

When or where is power influential? Here are a few examples from the supervisor, boss, manager, owner, president, or CEO:

  • touring the facility
  • chairing the meeting
  • suggesting a policy change
  • arriving unexpected
  • calling you
  • emailing you
  • inviting you to the C-Suite
  • asking your opinion
  • requesting information
  • silence

Power requirements are different during good times as compared with bad times. The leader who leads during good times often possesses characteristics different from the leader who leads during difficult times.

Yes, some are adaptable to either scenario, but most leaders have strength towards one but not both trends.

Leadership in Good Times

During good times, the leader may appear to have things well under control. The business is coasting along, cruising, and life is good. The mood is positive and progressive. Decisions are more trusted and efforts feel respected.

Unfortunately, what often happens is that decisions affecting long-term outcomes feel less volatile. This sets up future challenges, because you won’t cruise or coast forever.

Leadership in Difficult Times

During challenging times, the leadership style may have to be much different. The power is different. Trust is questioned, respect is harder to develop. Decisions are often over-analyzed, paralysis often occurs.

Fear, not inspiration may be the default motivator. Short-term is problematic and long-term not well understood.

There is very little coasting during difficult times. The work is hard, the outcomes are not guaranteed.


When you pedal your bike up the hill, you look forward to the coast. While coasting, very little power is required. The flow feels great and your work is (temporarily) finished. The next hill seems far away or not even in sight.

Direction, as long as it doesn’t feel like uphill, doesn’t matter so much. Exhales are easy and relaxing. The road ahead appears smooth. Details like tire pressure, chain tension, and brake wear are seldom considered.

Quickly Forget

I won’t quickly forget the CEO who told me their business had grown too big to fail. “There isn’t a chance,” he said. Good people were in place and years of commitment with a strong team guaranteed results. They were coasting, but the ground was becoming level.

Nobody really toured the facility with an eye for change. Meetings were very casual with little concern. People didn’t call, write, or even ask many questions. The silence was assumed as a signal of success, no worries.

The coast was about to stop, a new hill straight ahead.

Not one person was interested to pedal, more importantly they weren’t in shape or prepared.

Did the leader understand power, or how to use it?

Understand Power

There is a difference in the power requirements when pedaling up-the-hill or when coasting.

Many leaders survive the coast, pedaling is a different story.


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a five-time author and some of his work includes, #CustServ The Customer Service Culture, and Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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