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What The Pronoun Test Says About Your Organization

What The Pronoun Test Says About Your Organization

March 1, 1999
Related Topics: Corporate Culture
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Robert B. Reich, the former Secretary of Labor, has an interesting test you might want to try in your company or organization.

When Reich visits a workplace, he does a "pronoun test." He asks frontline workers a few general questions about the company. If the answers he receives describe the company with terms like "they" and "them," Reich knows that it says something about the business or non-profit.

When the employees use words like "we" or "us," it says something very different.

SOURCE:"Bits & Pieces," Vol. T, No. 16,The Economics Press, Inc., Fairfield, NJ.

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