In Debra Benton’s new book, The Virtual Executive, she relays the following:
Several times in this book I’ve mentioned one thing you consistently must do to become more memorable, impressive, credible, genuine, trusted, liked, cool, calm, collected, competent, comfortable, and confident. This one thing will help bring out these qualities in others as well. When you boil it down, this one thing is intelligently observing what most people do and then not do the same thing. Do the opposite (without being weird, of course). Use your common sense, but don’t be common in your actions.
Comments, Joe and Wanda?
Joe Kerr: I usually answer your silly questions, so this time I’ve decided to do the opposite.
Wanda B. Goode: Managers do tend to imitate. It’s seen as the safe play. It’s typically not the best way to lead though.
Some related quotes and a related post
Always show the you in you that makes you the you that you are.
The hardest struggle of all is to be something different from what the average man is.
–Charles M. Schwab
Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.