Dia Sutton Articles
Tis the Season for Social Events at the Office
OK Folks, it is that time again when you are asked to attend workplace social functions. Remember that your organizational social events are an informal extension of work, so watch your manners. Practice your political savvy skills.
More on Political Savvy - Where Do You Stand?
To the totally political unsavvy, politics, in any form, is inherently immoral or illegal and thus they refuse to take part. The political unsavvy do not really see the extent to which informal influence is occurring behind the scenes. They believe that their organization and their own behaviors are highly rational and that technical merit alone suffices to sway decisions. Many people have political blind spots – not consciously seeing the extent to which informal influence shapes the decision making process. Where do you stand?
Career Development - Some Suggestions to Keep Youu Growing
To be honest, I never thought of myself as having a career. I just worked. Later I would find out this was not the case. I had embarked on a life-time career; I just did not know it! A lot happened along the way, through education, experiences, and a lot of challenges, I learned a lot about career development and what it can mean to people in the workforce (with or without experience).
Political Savvy for the Average Employee
What can political savvy mean to the average employee in the workplace? If you have ever watched TV sitcom The Office you probably have a good idea of what political savvy is not about. While the office politics of The Office employees may seem funny on TV, in the real world of work these behaviors could kill your career or even get you fired.
Making the Transition from the Employee to the Supervisor
Most employees recognize and accept the fact that someone is "in charge." So you have a base already present from which to establish your authority within the group. From there, authority is established through your actions.
Your E-Mail Name Could Hurt Your Career Advancement
What do email addresses like "Pookie Bear," "Hot Mama," and Sexy Stud" have in common. They could all hold up your advancement or even stop you from being hired.
The Motown Etiquette and Style Coach Maxine Powell
Very few people outside of the Motown entertainers know about Maxine Powell (finishing instructor, consultant, fashion designer) from Detroit, Michigan. Ms. Powell was responsible for the style and manners of the Motown entertainers.
Shout Out to the Disabled - Overcoming Ableism
What can one say about a category of people labled disabled. This category includes everyone from an elderly man experiencing chronic depression since the death of his wife, to a young blind woman, to a severely mentally retarded child, to a teenager with a mild learning disability, to a mother in a wheelchair, to a businessman with a disease that is progressively decreasing the physical functioning of his body? How can those of us who are currently able-bodied know how to treat people with disabilities?
Tips for Preparing for an Interview
Yo aid you in this competitive market,consider the following.
Coping with Biases
After over 25 years in the field of Equal Employment Oportunity I can truthfully say discrimination is alive and well. It may be subtle but it still exists. Below is some advice to those may be victimized during the course of their career.
About the Author: Dia Sutton
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Dianne Floyd Sutton is President of Sutton Enterprises, author, trainer, educator, expert witness, coach and actor. She has over twenty years of combined experience in Human Resource Development (HRD) processes, Diversity, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), and Communication training. Sutton Enterprises (SE) is a full service human resource development organization which offers a variety of Human Resource Development (HRD)services, i.e. training, keynotes, facilitations, EEO interventions, organizational development, etc. For more information about SE go to www.suttonenterprises.org
Dianne Sutton has the skills to create a safe learning environment where diverse participants are able to ask questions, experiment with new behaviors and development new skills. She also has the ability to present models and techniques in a straight forward, clear and humorous manner. She started her career as a mathematics instructor in the St. Louis, Missouri Public School System while attending graduate school at Washington University. Before founding Sutton Enterprises in 1987, she held a variety of positions at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in training and employee development.
Her most recent publication is Workplace Etiquette: A Guide to Thriving and Surviving in Today’s Workplace. In 2010 Dianne was awarded the Spencer Logan Leadership Award from the Training Officers Consortium (TOC) in Washington, DC. This is the organization's highest honor. For more information go to www.trainingofficers.org
Dianne is on a civility crusade as Ms. Etiquette. Ms. Etiquette offers a down-to-earth, in-depth presentation peppered with real life examples and appropriate humor. She demystifies the rules and gives insights into behaviors that increase respect, collaboration and trust in the workplace. Check out Ask Ms. Etiquette for answers to questions about appropriate etiquette in the workplace at www.suttonenterprises.org
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