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What can you learn from the following experts? How can you incorporate their ideas into the way you come across and communicate at work? How can their ideas improve your professional effectiveness?

1. Sherry Turkle – Connected but alone?

Psychologist and sociologist Sherry Turkle suggests that just because we grew up with the Internet, we tend to see it as all grown up, but it is not. The way we communicate and use social media has a profound impact on our professional effectiveness and how others see us.

As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication — and asks us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have.

Turkle argues that the social media we encounter on a daily basis are confronting us with a moment of temptation. Drawn by the illusion of companionship without the demands of intimacy, we confuse postings and online sharing with authentic communication. We are drawn to sacrifice conversation for mere connection.

Turkle is a professor in the Program in Science, Technology and Society at MIT and the founder and director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self.

Watch the first 14 minutes. Although the rest of the video is extremely interesting, the content falls beyond the scope of The Effective Professional Program.

If you experience difficulty viewing this video, here is the video on TED.com

Think about it

Turkle says we are drawn to sacrifice conversation for mere connection. What are the implications if you inadvertently become accustomed to the practice of “I share, therefore I am? What are the impacts on your professional image?

Identify at least one idea that you can use to improve the way you communicate and use social media


2. Dave Coplin – Re-Imagining Work

How can we get people more engaged, more productive, and happier at work? Is technology part of the problem – and could it also be part of the solution?

Dave Coplin, Chief Envisioning Officer at Microsoft, imagines what might be possible if more organisations embraced the full, empowering potential of technology and encouraged a truly open, collaborative and flexible working culture. [09 mins]

If you experience difficulty viewing this video, here is the video on Vimeo.com

Think about it
1- How do you respond if you get lots of emails on your day off? How should you respond?
2- What can happen when we bring an open and collaborative culture into the workplace?
3- What do we tend to do when we are working in a virtual environment?
4- How does this impact on the way we think our colleagues and boss perceive us?
5- What does Dave Coplin ultimately recommend?

Identify at least one idea that you can use to improve the way you use social media


3. Simon Sinek –How great leaders inspire action

Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership and persuasion all starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?”

His model consists of 3 concentric circles. From the inside out, they represent the motivators of human behaviour, the why, the how and the what.

Sinek argues that when we are in touch with what really motivates us: our values and how we understand our own ‘why’, then we will attract and persuade others and achieve amazing outcomes.

Understanding the golden circle and the inside-out flow of meaning is the only way to truly energize, inspire and empower colleagues and employees to achieve shared goals at work.

Sinek says leaders who want to inspire and persuade others should never ask their colleagues and direct reports to ‘buy’ into or commit to the what until they have spent time helping them understand and commit to the why – the deeper motivators that help make sense of and energize why something needs to be done.
[Watch the first 11 mins]

If you experience difficulty viewing this video, here is the video on TED.com

Think about it
1- How often have you helped a colleague or direct report understand the why, rather than just the what and how?
2- How can you change your approach to incorporate this shift into your communication style?
3- How will this approach help you communicate and engage others better?
4- How will an inside-out approach help you resolve potential conflict before relationships become toxic?

Identify at least one idea that you can use to improve the way you communicate


4. Nilofer Merchant – Got a meeting? Take a walk

Nilofer Merchant suggests a small idea that just might have a big impact on your life and health: Next time you have a one-on-one meeting, make it into a “walking meeting” — and let ideas flow while you walk and talk.

Business innovator Nilofer Merchant thinks deeply about the frameworks, strategies and cultural values of companies and has been helping to grow businesses — from Fortune 500s to web start-ups — for 20 years.
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If you experience difficulty viewing this video, here is the video on TED.com

Think about your next meeting

1- What can you do to make the meetings you attend really effective?
2- What can you eliminate so that your meeetings are much more effective?
3- What can you introduce to radically improve the results from your business meetings?

What realistic, sustainable change can you make that will make a big difference in the long term?


Effective Professional Quiz

Once you have watched the videos and completed the reading that was sent to you, please do the
Effective Professional Quiz

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~Dene Rossouw

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