These employees refuse to ‘lean in,’ but ignore them at your peril
Boston Business Journal | Tammy Tierney, Bizwomen columnist
Are you managing a staffer who seldom speaks in meetings? Who rarely relies on the first person singular? Who seems unnerved by the notion of building a “personal brand?” Yet who consistently produces exemplary work, often by herself?
There’s a good chance you have an “invisible” on your team.The term was coined by David Zweig, author of “ Invisibles: The Power of Anonymous Work in an Age of Relentless Self-Promotion.” Invisibles, Zweig writes, embody three traits: ambivalence toward recognition, meticulousness, and the savoring of responsibility.
They’re easy to overlook, but ignore them at your peril. Invisibles, Zweig writes, “are highly skilled, and people whose roles are critical to whatever enterprise they are a part of.” Zweig’s book — which has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, Forbes and Psychology Today — is a series of long-form profiles of highly accomplished professionals who, though tops in their respective fields, are largely unknown outside of them. Continue Reading…