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Overnight Millionaire System

by Jerome Princy (2020-03-03)

John Spector, CEO of Overnight Millionaire System Review Imperial Sugar says, "Hollow compliments are a sign of immaturity and justification for why the brown nosing employee should not be promoted." Chris Kearney, CEO of SPX says, "What I want is honest, objective feedback, even if it's difficult to hear." Raul Fernandez, CEO of ObjectVideo says, "There is a difference between a kiss-ass compliment and a positive comment." What's a guy or gal to do? There is a common sense solution to this dilemma. Be authentic. Authenticity should be a key component of your personal brand. It should also be fundamental to all of your relationships -- your boss included. People befriend and enter into relationships with authentic people. Brown nosing is not authentic. People who go overboard on managing up are seldom authentic. Authentic people provide straightforward, honest feedback to others -- including their boss. When you brown nose or go overboard on managing up, you tend to lose your authenticity. Your feedback becomes all positive, and worse yet, self serving. Don't get me wrong. I am a big believer in positive feedback. I don't think there is enough of it in our culture. I also believe that even the most successful and self confident people want and like to hear positive things about themselves. The problem comes when positive feedback turns into fawning behavior. There is a common sense question you should ask yourself if you think you might be crossing the brown nosing line. "Would I say the same thing to someone who is my peer or someone who works for me?" If the answer is "yes" chances are that giving your boss that feedback is not brown nosing or going overboard on managing up. If the answer is "no," be careful, you may be heading into brown nosing territory.