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Subjectivity of Authenticity and Credibility
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Authenticity and credibility can be subjective and the journey in building them is daunting. When striving to be genuine and build credibility, some peers may view that as trying too hard to prove ourselves. On the other hand, when doing tasks quietly and progressively in accordance to own ability, people may say that is too slow.

Would like to learn from the community of:
- The relationship between authenticity and credibility.
- How organizations can foster a culture that discourages subjectivity, and encourages objectivity that understand individuals' difficulties and recognise individuals' core values and efforts.
- How individuals build authenticity and credibility effectively and convince project stakeholders.
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It seems the real issue here is relatability – how to make oneself appear favorable to others. One person can be completely authentic yet people may think he lacks credibility, while another person can lie and deceive, yet be regarded by others as highly credible. A person who fails to build good relationships with others will nearly always be seen in the worst possible light, regardless of how positive their actions really are.
I doubt any organization can remove subjectivity from the workplace. People have their preferences and dislikes, and few people have the self-awareness, honesty or discipline to prevent their personal biases from impacting the way they regard others.
The only way to convince others of your credibility is to build good relationships with them (and do credible things, of course).
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To answer this, I would suggest back it up with the data. For an example starting of the performance year the objectives are set for each individual. Have a close look at it and see if there are any specific targets against those to meet. If there are no targets, then specifically discuss with the manager to set those. Also, if there are any subjectivity in the objectives itself then make it objective. If the goal/objective states that “Be Innovative” then have a clear definition set for that. “Be Innovative” means have a patent, submit an idea, develop a product, suggest an approach etc. Also, have a count against each so that end of the year it’s quantified how well you have done against it.
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Dear Pang
Interesting question your
Thanks for sharing

If you read and practice Stephen R. Covey's "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" and Stephen M. R. Covey's "The Speed ??Of Trust" (who are both father and son) I think you will find some answers to these questions.
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Hi Luis, noted the father and son tandem and look forward to reading both books to learn to improve authenticity and credibility; thus, convince project stakeholders.

Hi Pranav, noted the measured approaches to store data and quantified goals, and thus reduce subjectivity.

Hi Eric, indeed, we need to learn to shed off personal biases from clouding our decisions and stay objective, and build mutual, healthy relationships to convince others of our authenticity and credibility.

Thank you for sharing the knowledge.
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You have to take into account that key term is "perception". Perception is the organization and interpretation of the information taken by the senses that allows all individual to gain understanding of the world. So, the only thing you can do is understand your stakeholders thanks the information you have from them and work on their perception to construct your image about you are a authentic and credible person. Is not about you think. Is about your stakeholders perceive. And never forget, as you stated, is subjective. For example, is funny when some organizations perform 360 evaluarion to read the data you obtain about the same person from different people.
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1 reply by Pang DX
Nov 09, 2019 7:21 AM
Pang DX
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Hi Sergio,
Noted to work closely with stakeholders to recognize diversity of perspectives, build mutual understanding and relationship. Thank you for the advice.
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Nov 08, 2019 3:27 PM
Replying to Sergio Luis Conte
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You have to take into account that key term is "perception". Perception is the organization and interpretation of the information taken by the senses that allows all individual to gain understanding of the world. So, the only thing you can do is understand your stakeholders thanks the information you have from them and work on their perception to construct your image about you are a authentic and credible person. Is not about you think. Is about your stakeholders perceive. And never forget, as you stated, is subjective. For example, is funny when some organizations perform 360 evaluarion to read the data you obtain about the same person from different people.
Hi Sergio,
Noted to work closely with stakeholders to recognize diversity of perspectives, build mutual understanding and relationship. Thank you for the advice.
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1 reply by Sergio Luis Conte
Nov 09, 2019 7:37 AM
Sergio Luis Conte
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You are welcome. Just a final comment: I am not saying that because the practice only. I am researching on this topic from long time ago to modelize this type of things with AI and now quantum computing. This belongs to a layer that is on top of organizational culture and all related what is called "organizational consciousness". But at the end, is not about what you think related to a situation or item, is about the environment perceived on it. Just trying to give you more information about one topic that is critical to understand if you are in charge to define a solution (the business analyst do that). Business has a problem. What is the defintion of problem? Problem is the gap between the desire reality and the perceived reality. So, to solve the problem you can work on perception (a classic in software when the user said "you have not implemented the functionality I need" then you go to the user and you show it is inside the menu), you can work on the desire ("we need to put a communication satellite in orbit" then you work on the budged, show the budged, then the stakeholder said "ok, on other time") or you can work on the gap which implies to start to define the solution.
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Nov 09, 2019 7:21 AM
Replying to Pang DX
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Hi Sergio,
Noted to work closely with stakeholders to recognize diversity of perspectives, build mutual understanding and relationship. Thank you for the advice.
You are welcome. Just a final comment: I am not saying that because the practice only. I am researching on this topic from long time ago to modelize this type of things with AI and now quantum computing. This belongs to a layer that is on top of organizational culture and all related what is called "organizational consciousness". But at the end, is not about what you think related to a situation or item, is about the environment perceived on it. Just trying to give you more information about one topic that is critical to understand if you are in charge to define a solution (the business analyst do that). Business has a problem. What is the defintion of problem? Problem is the gap between the desire reality and the perceived reality. So, to solve the problem you can work on perception (a classic in software when the user said "you have not implemented the functionality I need" then you go to the user and you show it is inside the menu), you can work on the desire ("we need to put a communication satellite in orbit" then you work on the budged, show the budged, then the stakeholder said "ok, on other time") or you can work on the gap which implies to start to define the solution.
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1 reply by Pang DX
Nov 10, 2019 4:59 AM
Pang DX
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Hi Sergio, noted with thanks. Appreciate the research and deep thoughts.
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Nov 09, 2019 7:37 AM
Replying to Sergio Luis Conte
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You are welcome. Just a final comment: I am not saying that because the practice only. I am researching on this topic from long time ago to modelize this type of things with AI and now quantum computing. This belongs to a layer that is on top of organizational culture and all related what is called "organizational consciousness". But at the end, is not about what you think related to a situation or item, is about the environment perceived on it. Just trying to give you more information about one topic that is critical to understand if you are in charge to define a solution (the business analyst do that). Business has a problem. What is the defintion of problem? Problem is the gap between the desire reality and the perceived reality. So, to solve the problem you can work on perception (a classic in software when the user said "you have not implemented the functionality I need" then you go to the user and you show it is inside the menu), you can work on the desire ("we need to put a communication satellite in orbit" then you work on the budged, show the budged, then the stakeholder said "ok, on other time") or you can work on the gap which implies to start to define the solution.
Hi Sergio, noted with thanks. Appreciate the research and deep thoughts.

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