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Personal Branding 101: Positive Gossip Mongers at workplace. Are you the one?

“Hey Suba, my husband is indulged in a lot of office gossips. I never knew men do that.” giggled my friend as we were chit-chatting the other day. As we all are working from home, all the wives & husbands are aware of all the ‘small talks’ scenarios.

She was awestruck when I shared how I have a module on ‘Turning workplace gossips into building a Personal Brand and Career Growth opportunities’ in my sessions. This module is a part of my speed coaching sessions that benefit most of my clients to build the network, bring in organizational awareness and create authentic personal branding.

“Have you ever had positive experience due to ‘workplace Gossips’?

Every time I raise this question, I get fantastic responses from professionals, irrespective of gender.

Is Office Gossip Positive or Negative?

Researching on the word ‘Gossip’ took me to 17th century……

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Neutral View: casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details which are not confirmed as true

Negative View: a person who likes talking about other people’s private lives.”

Source: Lexico, Powered by Oxford

Positive View: a person who uses inside Information for self & other growth

Source: Me, Suba Lakshminarasimhan, Your Personal Branding Strategist

Yes, the learning from the personal experience & best practices adopted from many leaders.

How to use Workplace Gossip to your Advantage?

Learn to thin-slice the Information

Snap-second judgement and thin-slicing are my learning from the book ‘Blink’ by Malcolm Gladwell. Like in personal lives, the gossips in the workplace will help in understanding the strategic level organizational developments.

What is thin-slicing?

“You build an ability to break the Information, identify the pattern and connect it with your experience & intuition. Introspect, you may already be doing it in personal lives, aren’t you? Now, count the number of time you have understood someone correctly or the outcome accurately.”

To do – You need to build your ‘active listening skill’ here consciously.

Find the internal, Cross Functions and Promotional Opportunities within the organization

Many from the senior suite and c-suite aspirants reach out to me for CXO resume writing projects for internal openings. 60% of them get the Information through the casual conversation without anyone nominating them. Involve yourself positively in the workplace small talks which will lead you to connect with ‘who is who’ and you know the importance of such networking.

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Reach out to me if you want to learn this art & science behind Personal Branding.

Elevate your Authentic Personal Brand

Be the gossiper of enabling positive mindset, motivation and growth mindset in others. How can you do that? Let me share about my chat with BFF who has been fueling such positivity during our ‘gossip’ times. We both know to discuss our pain points, redefining moments. Whenever I needed a specific ‘role model’ she will have someone to talk about. ‘See how this person is handling this model; let’s pick the best practices.’

How do your gossiping sessions benefit you?

Are you that ‘Positive Gossip-Monger?’

Share your experience……

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Maximum Human Potential – a Myth?

“The Curry leaves is known as the best friend of Lemon, Suba. The best companions support each other to grow.” I was surprised when my friend Surya shared a lot of information on how individual plants help each other to grow when they are grown together. She had kept the pots in a way enabling connection between these two plants. Surya is a very creative person, founder & artisan at The Sunny Doorway Project


Immediately after coming home, I settled to do more research here. Reading articles and blogs further surprised me to see that some plants do not go well if placed together. What does it mean here? Placing two different plants – bad companions – will spoil the growth. Individually these plants benefit the earth in different ways. But, together, for various reasons, adversely influence the growth of each other.

I have a small garden where I spend my ‘me time’; my mom used to nurture the plants by talking to them as if they were her friends.

Isn’t it amazing to observe the dependency all these beings have on each other? Not only what to do but also what not to do!

I always observe people & behaviour, especially whenever I am in a crowded situation. I also used to have a ‘guessing game’ to see if one behaves as I perceive. I have seen people perceived as loners enjoying listening to the conversations in-depth and the ‘so-called’ jolly-good extroverts reacting ‘sensitive’ nature towards small things!

Negative Network….Lets find a synonym!

Also, got me thinking. I am somehow not able to comprehend when I hear anyone saying to avoid Negative relationships.

How can we label someone as ‘negative’?

The personality traits, belief system and biases can make or break any relationship, right?

Negative PeopleReference: Quotes

The lock-down period led me to observe the behaviour on social media.

The first thing I noticed in the initial few days is the increased workload on those professionals working from home. I also wrote about how management should take care of the emotional needs of the employees. The employees were asking HR to take care of this situation, but I felt it is more to do with the decision-makers than mere HR professionals.

The real testing time for the leaders and the decision-makers. Not sure whether the situation has a direct connection, two different leaders from different entities had a cardiac arrest and died.

That made me feel sad and sympathies the families; all these leaders are also human beings.

Human Potential

So, there is a limit to ‘Maximum Capacity’ too…. Isn’t it?

Got me introspecting more on “Maximum Potential of Human Being” and the dependency we need to create towards technology. Let’s see how best we can embrace technology to utilise ‘human potential’ without getting ‘cardiac arrest.’

It is high time to understand why ‘Empathy’ and ‘Emotional Intelligence’ are the critical attributes that we must acquire and become an expert.

Let it start from ‘not beating ourselves too hard’ and developing ‘self-awareness.’

Be it half or full plate…..Let’s learn to chew right!

So, Utilizing Maximum Human Potential, is it a boon or bane? What do you think?

About the Author:

Suba 25 (2)Suba Lakshminarasimhan is a personal branding strategist and a career coach. The founder of SLN Brand Studio,  Suba has been supporting the professional growth of individuals by creating a growth path and executing strategy road map. Along with SMEs, she shares her experiences and learning through blogs in ‘Words of Wisdom’ website.