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Faces in The Workplace

Sylvia Marina - Monday, January 12, 2009

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'PHYSIOGNOMY' written by SYLVIA MARINA

Physiognomy
or 'Face Reading' is a tool that assists us to better understand ourselves and to be more conscious of our communication and interactions with others.

At the end of the eighteenth century, Swiss pastor Johan Caspar Lavater(1741-1801) wrote “Essays on Physiognomy for the promotion of the knowledge and the love of mankind”. Originally in German language this was translated into English by Thomas Holcroft at the beginning of the nineteenth century.

Lavater was regarded as the founder of the modern Physiognomy for his tremendous work in this subject. These essays became a vade mecum “to be consulted when hiring staff, making friends and establishing business relations”.

Making a decision to employ or be employed, adopt, partner or marry, has always been a huge undertaking.

The belief that there are facial guides to moral disposition and their application to the workplace, persist today. 'Reading Faces', a 1997 social psychology treatise by Leslie Zebrowitz, endorses Lavater’s analysis in its opening pages, and continues by recounting an exercise in workplace physiognomy with remarkable pertinence to Camille Paglia’s characterization of Monica Lewinsky.

If Face Reading is an important issue for employers, it is even more important for workers. To better know your boss from the very beginning will help you to give a better impression on the first meeting with him/her. This is even more important if both are opposite at key characteristics such as race, sex, politics, etc... On the other hand, to have by the same way a good relationship with your work mates will help you to raise your career by profiting from creating alliances, developing synergies, etc...

What about the customers? If you have a work related with sales, you soon learn that different customers need different tactics. Imagine that you could know a lot about a customer from the very first moment you see him/her. This would be a great advantage.

Face Reading helps you to understand your customers: who they are, how they think, where they come from, how to address them, what they like or dislike, how they behave in a certain situation. This will lead you to better communicate with them, to better know what they need what they want and how they want it (for example what to do or not do in a certain situation), what will be more suitable for them, etc... This will lead you to the top in your career.

Face Reading will help to increase your self-esteem by learning to recognize and appreciate your features; and importantly the qualities of the people in your working environment.

You may feel you cannot change your DNA but you can learn to appreciate your qualities, and the features of those in your workplace and take advantage of them.

When you understand the truth of who you and your abilities truly are, your confidence increases.

Stop hesitating, get on with your career and your purpose for life.  www.sylviamarina.com/face 

© 2009 Sylvia Marina.  www.sylviamarina.com  All rights reserved worldwide. 
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