Rethinking what we reward:

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.Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 10.53.09 AM

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…

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