Rose Bowl Gossip

Posted on January 2, 2007. Filed under: Blog--All categories, Management development |

While listening to the Michigan vs. USC Rose Bowl game tonight, I heard one of the announcers say, “There’s been talk about [Quarterback Mark] Sanchez and a woman. But nothing was proven, so it’s not worth mentioning.”

What? Let me see if I got this straight: the announcer alludes to a scandal (I’m assuming it’s a scandal because the media rarely mentions things that are positive) between Sanchez and a woman … but then says it’s not worth mentioning. So, why did he mention it? Sounds like intentional titillation to me.

Here’s my question for you: is what the announcer said a) reporting information for the consumer’s use, or b) gossip? If you need help deciding what the answer is, read my article “Gossip at Work” under the Articles tab.

So, why am I talking about the Rose Bowl on this blog? Because the announcer for this game provided a perfect example of what happens at work. Too frequently, someone’s personal situation is brought up in conversation with co-workers when a) the person isn’t there to defend himself, and b) it has no business getting brought up in the first place because it is irrelevant to the business at hand.

As a manager or leader in your organization, the people who work for you will follow you for one reason only: they respect you. But respect does not come cheap; you must earn it. And you earn that respect daily by the way you conduct yourself–in conversation, in how you manage your time, in how you conduct meetings, etc. When a manager has a reputation for gossiping about others, that manager loses the respect of not only their staff but their peers as well.

Gossip is deadly to your credibility at work. Take the time to read the article, “Gossip at Work,” and apply the strategies I suggest there for getting yourself out of situations where you run the risk of getting involved.

Got an example of how gossip has hurt you at work?

Send me a comment. I’d like to hear what happened and how you handled it.


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