March 30

Authenticity Is Your Greatest Competitive Advantage


AUTHENTICITY Is The Greatest Competitive Advantage

In today’s business landscape, you are your brand.

You are also the face of your company.

For many years, I was afraid to show EMOTIONS at work, because I was told by a boss once that she had no time for such topics.

She was wrong. 

I have since learned that EMOTIONS are responsible for almost 60% of our success at work.

For many years, even though I am an extrovert, I was afraid to use my STRENGTHS of communication at work. I was told by a boss of mine that, as an African American, I should be careful not to be seen as an overly opinionated ‘Angry Black Man’.

He was wrong. 

I have since learned that when we are allowed to use our STRENGTHS in our work, we avoid stress and contribute the best to our teams. 

For many years, I believed that my MUSIC had no place in the workplace, or here on LINKEDIN. I was told by a boss not to always attract attention to myself with my silly music.

He was wrong. 

I have since learned that music is NOT JUST for entertainment. Neuroscience has shown us that MUSIC is one of the most powerful tools for LEARNING and DEVELOPMENT at work.

Today, I have YESTERDAY, by the Beatles on my mind.

Perhaps I'll sing about it on LinkedIn!

What AUTHENTICITY have you suppressed in the workplace?

Dr. Pelè

About the author

Dr. Pelè is a bestselling author, musician, and Founder of VelocityJam™, where members leverage a community of practice, feedback, and detailed post analytics to turn their authentic social media content into high-value clients.