Gender, Influence and the Use of Qualifiers

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I am pleased to share with you my blog post for TalentCulture on the use of qualifiers in the workplace.

Your organization has a major operational problem. A strategic team has been called together to come up with a solution. You have winnowed the options down to three (3) after four (4) long meetings.

The leader of the group asks each individual to state his or her choice. Your choice is Option A.

Let’s consider some options:

You say: “My best guess is Option A.”

What may be heard: “If after all of this discussion you only have a guess, I’m not sure why we included you in these discussions.”

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