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Michelle Brody

Revolutionary Change for Workplace Culture

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Own Your Armor by Michelle Brody is a guide to understanding and managing workplace conflict. It provides practical strategies and tools to help individuals and teams navigate difficult situations and build stronger, more resilient relationships.

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    Principle #1: There are two types of workplace communication

    At work, there are two types of communication – “above the table” and “below the table.” Above-the-table communication involves everything we say out loud, like discussions about which strategy to use or which business plan to execute. In other words, it’s all professional work talk.

    Then there’s the communication that’s going on under the table – opinions, rivalries, judgments, unhealthy patterns of interaction … you get the idea. This encompasses all of the things that are usually left unsaid, but still communicated through actions.

    For obvious reasons, the underbelly of the table is a messy place that many teams avoid visiting. But if you’re serious about improving your team’s dynamics and workplace culture, you’re going to have to make the trip. 

    It may sound intimidating, but to truly understand what’s going on under the table, you’ll just need to focus on two simple questions. First, what threats are your team facing in the workplace? Second, what types of “armor” are they using in response to those threats?

    Threats and armor are topics we’ll dig into in the following sections. For now, it’s important to understand that they are the two main drivers of below-the-table drama. Once you learn to recognize them, you can begin fixing them.

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    What is Own Your Armor about?

    Own Your Armor (2022) offers an innovative approach to fixing dysfunctional workplace culture. It outlines the ten principles of the Own Your Armor method that teams can use to foster better communication, improve productivity, and create a healthier, more positive work environment.

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    Own Your Armor (2021) by Michelle Brody presents valuable strategies to build resilience and navigate life's challenges. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It offers practical techniques to develop emotional strength and conquer adversity, empowering readers to face any situation with confidence.
    • The book combines scientific research, relatable stories, and expert advice, providing a well-rounded perspective on building resilience.
    • With its down-to-earth approach and relatable examples, the book ensures that exploring resilience is anything but boring, as it exposes readers to genuine human experiences.

    Who should read Own Your Armor?

    • Leaders who want to improve their team’s dynamics
    • Employees who want to create a better workplace culture
    • Anyone who wants to learn healthier ways of solving conflicts

    About the Author

    Michelle Brody, PhD, is an executive coach and clinical psychologist with 25 years of experience solving conflicts in both corporate and family settings. Her specialty is helping teams tackle complicated dynamics by improving communication, resolving tension, and reaching greater levels of collaboration. She is also the author of the relationship guide Stop the Fight!

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    Own Your Armor is a valuable read for anyone looking to develop mental toughness and navigate life's obstacles with confidence.

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