Word Count

On October 13th, the New York Times released this article about the work of James W. Pennebaker.  Pennebaker’s work is centered around counting the kinds of words that people use to derive spoken, but not necessarily explicit meaning.  For example, he can count the use of first-person pronouns (I, me, my, mine) to determine how insecure or threatened people might feel.  The Army Research Institute has even hired him on to look at such things as how leaders use language.  The idea is that the findings can be applied to leadership development 990 new balance.
What kind of language are you using in your communications with colleagues, customers, friends and family?  How do the subtleties of what you’re saying affect the social dynamics of your relationships?
For an interesting application of the word counting science, see how Pennebaker’s approach is being used to evaluate the Presidential candidates: http://www.wordwatchers.wordpress.com/.
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“John Abele is a pioneer and leader in the field of less-invasive medicine, For more than four decades, John has devoted himself to innovation in health care, business and solving social problems.” He is retired Founding Chairman of Boston Scientific Corporation. John holds numerous patents and has published and lectured extensively on the technology of various medical devices and on the technical, social, economic, and political trends and issues affecting healthcare. His major interests are science literacy for children, education, and the process by which new technology is invented, developed, and introduced to society. Current activities include Chair of the FIRST Foundation which works with high school kids to make being science-literate cool and fun, and development of The Kingbridge Centre and Institute, a conferencing institution whose mission is to research, develop, and teach improved methods for interactive conferencing: problem solving, conflict resolution, strategic planning, new methods for learning and generally help groups to become “Collectively intelligent.” He lives with his wife and two dogs in Shelburne, Vermont.”

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