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In Some Jobs, “Fake It ‘til You Make It” Is the Right Way to Go

In Some Jobs, “Fake It ‘til You Make It” Is the Right Way to Go

Typically "fake it ’til you make it" is all about pretending to be something you’re not. In the workplace, it’s less about external appearances and more about emulating the behaviors of successful people.

Over at the Harvard Business Review, they explain why you might want to copy the behaviors of successful people you know:

People who use this strategy concentrate their efforts first on reproducing the behavior they have observed, even if they don’t fully understand it. Then with practice, like Lewis, they try "to get inside the brain of another person." In their minds, they’re not being inauthentic — they’re simply evolving so they can get the job done. After a while, they find they have acted their way into a new way of thinking.

We’ve covered mirroring behaviors before, but here it’s more about mirroring a successful person. Sometimes it’s just easier to watch and do then to analyze and understand. Check out the link for tips on how to try this strategy yourself.

You’re Never Too Experienced to Fake It Till You Learn It | Harvard Business Review

Photo by Dan DeChiaro.

Create Better Ice Breakers By Knowing Your Audience and Objectives

When you are put in a group of strangers, ice breaker activities are a great way to start working together. Instead of just picking an activity at random, look at the goals of the group and design activities that focus on those.

Mind Tools reviews the basics of why you should use ice breakers:

If you are bringing together like-minded people, the "ice" may simply reflect the fact that people have not yet met.

If you are bringing together people of different grades and levels in your organization for an open discussion, the "ice" may come from the difference in status between participants.

If you are bringing together people of different backgrounds, cultures and outlooks for work within your community, then the "ice" may come from people’s perceptions of each other

Once you figure out what the ice is, then you need to pick an activity that matches your needs. They suggest considering the comfort level of the participants and how these activities will create a common purpose. Look for shared experiences that focus on what makes participants similar instead of pointing out the differences. Check out the link for the best ice breakers for each situation.

Ice Breakers Easing Group Contribution | Mind Tools