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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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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