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Office Diva: Get the Treatment and Recognition You Deserve at Work

Updated on July 15, 2017
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FlourishAnyway is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist with applied experience in corporate human resources and consulting.

Why You Should Embrace the Diva in You

Office Diva.  Girl, is this you?  Embrace the diva that you are!  Learn how to achieve the applause and recognition that you rightly deserve for your talents and effort.
Office Diva. Girl, is this you? Embrace the diva that you are! Learn how to achieve the applause and recognition that you rightly deserve for your talents and effort. | Source

Girl, How Awesome Are You?

Fiery. Demanding. High maintenance. And that's you on a good day at the office.

Girl, you are the Office Diva, and you have decided to embrace the goddess that you are. Let 'em call you what they will. (We all know haters gonna hate.) But just know this: When it comes to how you do your work, you got it goin' on. And on and on.

You're competent, confident, and educated. You're classy, sassy, and at the top of your game. Actually, sis, you own the game.

Some have tried to bring you down, but girlfriend, you ain't fallin'. No, you keep gettin' back up, beatin' those odds. Now you shine so bright that the rest of those cube dwellers are gonna need sunshades.

That's because ain't no one comes close to you—unless you let 'em.

Pop Diva Katy Perry: International Smile

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Don't Deny Your Divadom

Dang, girl! Is this you? Are you that good?

Being the Office Diva is an art. There are imitators, impersonators, and a whole lot of wannabes. But you—well, lady, you are the real deal.

Let's Get the Definition Straight

Wikipedia defines "diva" as a woman of outstanding talent, typically including celebrities such as singers and actresses. It's an Italian word that first applied to opera singers.

But we're expanding that definition to dynamos in any work domain, such as politics, sports, and the media. We're also including those power-house employees who are the brains and the talent behind businesses both big and small.

Whether you're the Diva of Data, a Sales Diva, or the goddess of any niche in between ... you know who you are.

Here's How We Define Diva:

D ynamite performer who is

I nfinitely self-confident,

V ictorious against the odds & an

A ttention-seeking maven.

Broadcasting Diva Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey landed a local gig co-anchoring the evening news at age19. Now she's a billionaire, philanthropist, co-author of many books, and launched her own tv network and magazine. Her warm personal style promoted a culture of self-confession.
Oprah Winfrey landed a local gig co-anchoring the evening news at age19. Now she's a billionaire, philanthropist, co-author of many books, and launched her own tv network and magazine. Her warm personal style promoted a culture of self-confession. | Source

Rule 1: Cultivate Expertise by Finding a Need, Then Filling It

Girl, you know you're great at your job, but tell us this: What is your expertise?

  • "I analyze data so business numbers tell a convincing story."
  • "I solve specialty chemical problems on recycle cylinder paper machines."
  • "I help federal contractors achieve OFCCP compliance."

When people ask you what you do, don't bore them with your job title. That means nothing. Instead, take it as an opportunity to describe your expertise.

Most people can claim expertise in something, even if it's very narrow. However, they may not

  • realize it
  • know how to succinctly package it for communication
  • understand how to demonstrate its relevance and value to those who need it or
  • grow and transform their expertise to keep pace with change.

Political Diva Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton, Diva of the Democratic Party, has come a long way in her journey from First Lady of Arkansas, to First Lady of the US, to New York Senator, to Presidential contender and Former Secretary of State. Look at Hillary run!
Hillary Clinton, Diva of the Democratic Party, has come a long way in her journey from First Lady of Arkansas, to First Lady of the US, to New York Senator, to Presidential contender and Former Secretary of State. Look at Hillary run! | Source

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Expertise Requires Seasoning

Experts lay claim to a specific practice area. Others turn to them for answers and advice regarding their subject matter knowledge.

In many fields, it takes as long as 10,000 hours of deliberate practice—or about 10 years' experience—to be regarded as an expert.1 Thus, becoming an expert and the Office Diva involves professional "seasoning."

The Office Diva finds her professional niche based on her experience, natural affinity for a specialty, and what talents are in demand. She finds a business need and then fills it. Strategic, the Office Diva carves out her niche based not only on what her employer needs but also on where her field or industry is going.

Whereas her specialty area might bore, overwhelm, or confuse others, the diva is delighted that it does because that allows her the opportunity to shine more brightly. She acquires respect as she shares answers and solutions.

The Office Diva understands that finding a valued niche means that her reputation and credibility grow along with her knowledge. As her expertise becomes more well-known, she acquires more influence, power, and control.

As this occurs, the Office Diva discovers that she can increasingly name her price, her terms, and even have a voice in who she chooses to work with. Now, dahhling, that's the glory of Divadom!

Own Your Diva Status

There's nothing wrong with being phenomenally competent at what you do and promoting the talents that your offer the world.

Beyoncé Sings the Diva Anthem

Tell Your (Short) Story

The Office Diva has learned that it's not simply what she knows but how she markets her expertise—both inside and outside her company. Therefore, she takes the time to build her personal brand. She communicates mastery of her niche in 10 words or less. This expertise statement helps her answer the proverbial "What do you do?" question.

Additionally, the Office Diva can succinctly explain to co-workers, clients, and executives why her expertise is relevant to the situation they face and what value (or results) she can deliver. She describes the problem then casts herself as the solution.

As an example, consider the Office Diva who proclaims, "I help federal contractors achieve OFCCP compliance." She should be able to briefly articulate what a federal contractor is, offer a dollar estimate of the company's federal contracts (her relevance), and rattle off the impacts of not complying with regulations (her value).

When you've done that convincingly, heads turn and ears perk up. And then, Diva, the floor is yours!

Singing Diva Mariah Carey

Pop Diva Mariah Carey's voice ranges more than five octaves, and she writes most of her own songs.  On the list of best-selling female artists of all time, she ranks #3.
Pop Diva Mariah Carey's voice ranges more than five octaves, and she writes most of her own songs. On the list of best-selling female artists of all time, she ranks #3. | Source
Girl, if the tiara fits, wear it.
Girl, if the tiara fits, wear it. | Source

10 Self-Promotion Ideas For the Office Diva

  1. Join the digital conversation. Use LinkedIn, Google+ circles, and other social media platforms to gain recognition. Actively share with professionals inside and outside your company, field, and industry.
  2. Ask for LinkedIn endorsements or written feedback from clients, co-workers, and others. Testimonials come in handy during performance evaluations and job hunting.
  3. Attend and actively participate in industry and professional conferences.
  4. Showcase your expertise by writing guest posts for blogs, creating a video tutorial, or giving a speech to a community or professional group.
  5. Mentor a Diva-In-Training (or a divo, her male equivalent). She'll never forget you, and she'll sing your praises.
  6. Be a people and expertise connector—the common link that introduces other experts, decision makers, and leaders to one another.
  7. Enthusiastically express your admiration for people who are good at what they do. Inspire and encourage others experiencing temporary setbacks by sharing a personal story.
  8. Set up "informational" lunch meetings with people in the organization you admire—influencers, experts, and leaders. Ask them how they got to be so awesome. (Just don't be weird about it.)
  9. Volunteer to work on inter-departmental task forces and committees so you can expand your expertise and your connections.
  10. Acquire additional training outside of your area of expertise. Stay connected to fellow trainees. Share what you've learned with people who need to know.

Rule 2: Effectively Self-Promote

Girl, stop being so shy. There's nothing wrong with self-promotion when you have the expertise and authority to support your claims.

You don't have to be the world's premier expert at what you do—just expert enough. Stop waiting for someone to crown you an authority. If you're already there, you know it!

Reach out to Others to Share Your Good News

An Office Diva actively engages other professionals both inside and outside the workplace. Whether it's in the lunch room, at a professional conference, or waiting for a client meeting to begin, she asks key questions then actively listens to the answers.

She understands that efficient self-promotion means determining who key players and decision makers are. She gets these people talking about their favorite topic -- themselves.

The Diva knows her clients, her potential competition, and what factors drive their attitudes and decisions on key matters. She identifies and discusses the business problems that keep them up at night. She develops understanding of their challenges, opportunities, goals, and talents. In so doing, she also earns the right to share the same information about herself.

Even if you don't think their issues may be immediately relevant to you, your new learnings may allow you to create broader context and linkages that could prove valuable in the future.2

When you self-promote, consider ways you can help one another. Talk about your track record and connect the dots between your expertise and others' business problems.

Share what drives your expertise forward:

  • What results have you achieved in the past?
  • What problems have you solved?
  • What big learnings do you have to share?
  • How have you inspired others to achieve more?
  • What excites you?
  • What business issues do you foresee becoming more important in the future?

If you self-promote effectively, you'll find that others will begin to promote your personal brand for you through word-of-mouth.

Diva, Don't Be Shy! Promote Your Talents

An Office Diva self-promotes her awesomeness.  When asked, "What do you do?" she doesn't offer a job title.  She summarizes her expertise in 10 words or less.  That's impact!
An Office Diva self-promotes her awesomeness. When asked, "What do you do?" she doesn't offer a job title. She summarizes her expertise in 10 words or less. That's impact! | Source

Diva How-To: Build A Fan Base

People like to be associated with winners, experts, and authorities. Thus, a diva begins to build her entourage as she shares her expertise, vision, and track record. Like-minded others are drawn to her success. They believe in her story and recognize that she may prove helpful to them.

Diva, strategically handpick your followers by providing them with

  • useful information,
  • assistance, or
  • a referral.

Make sure they know your story (and you, theirs). Ask for their feedback, assistance, or ideas on small issues at first. Genuinely compliment them. Show them that you

  • are action-oriented,
  • a risk-taker,
  • are willing and able to help them,
  • can withstand criticism, and
  • have big dreams.

And then let them bring other fans to you.

Tip 3: Build an Entourage of Devoted Supporters

Office Divas know that no one succeeds alone. They build an entourage consisting of a committed circle of trusted supporters, or fans.

The diva's devotees provide mutual support and advice, facilitate connections with others who can help, and promote the diva's professional brand (i.e., her expertise and reputation). In return, the Office Diva does the same for them. The diva knows that people feel compelled to help those who have helped them.

Tip 4: Act the Part and Own the Room

For most people, meetings are the menace of office productivity. On average, employees spend 5.6 hours trapped in them. Knowledge workers and managers typically spend 25-80% of their time in meetings.3

But the Office Diva uses meetings as an opportunity to showcase

  • her good judgment
  • expertise
  • communication skills.

Let's face it: Meetings typically expose you to a broader variety of influencers from across your organization and even outside your company. This includes clients, executives, consultants, and people who work in other departments.

Each of them evaluates you by how you walk into the room, how you sit, how well you listen, comments you make, and who you seem to ally yourself with. You can influence their perceptions.

Publishing Diva J.K. Rowling

During the seven years that it took her to write the first Harry Potter book, J.K. Rowling faced divorce, her mother's death, and poverty. Her Harry Potter series launched her to superstardom.  Harry Potter is the all-time best-selling book series.
During the seven years that it took her to write the first Harry Potter book, J.K. Rowling faced divorce, her mother's death, and poverty. Her Harry Potter series launched her to superstardom. Harry Potter is the all-time best-selling book series. | Source

Tell Them Who You Are, Dahhling ...

Diva Pendant Necklace with Crytal Rhinestones and Stud Earrings, in Crystal with Silver Tone Finish
Diva Pendant Necklace with Crytal Rhinestones and Stud Earrings, in Crystal with Silver Tone Finish

You shine as an expert at what you do, so tell the world you're awesome with this Diva necklace. Girl, not everyone can be you.

 

Kitty Diva: Dressed to Impress

She wears it well, don't you think?
She wears it well, don't you think? | Source

How to Make Your Best Impression

To make your best impression:

  • Make a Rock Star Entrance - Enter the room like you belong there. In only 1/10 of a second, people form impressions based on a stranger's face, and those impressions are difficult to change.4 Smile, and go in with a purpose. Studies show it affects the "emotional temperature" in the room.
  • Communicate With Confidence - You were included in the meeting for a reason, so share your experience and viewpoint. Ask questions to show engagement. Speak up so you're loud enough to be heard. Don't delve into too much detail. Be succinct and to-the-point.
  • Watch Your Nonverbals - Adopt great posture and a firm handshake. Keep your chin up, avoid slouching, and maintain eye contact to connect with others. Be aware of body language such as over-gesturing (e.g., repetitively tapping a pen) or turning away from people. And watch where you sit around the conference table.
  • Tune In - Focus on the social situation at hand. Almost 91% of employees in one study admitted to daydreaming in meetings, and 39% acknowledged sleeping.5 Be present mentally, rather than answering emails or thinking about where you're going for lunch.
  • Look the Part - Your "work uniform" should convey competence, confidence, and class. Watch skirt length, the amount of skin you show, and those shoes. I once worked with a diva wannabe who wore skirts so short that when she sat down and crossed her legs, others could look straight up her dress. That's the wrong impression, but a memorable one.

Inspirational Ted Talk: Fake It Until You Become It -- Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

Tip 5: Know the Difference Between Diva and Difficult Employee

Diva, let's face it: You know that you're all that. But think before you act out.

Hissy fits, alienating co-workers, slamming things down when you don't get your way -- these episodes of high drama are unbecoming of anyone. In addition, research shows that professional women who display anger are perceived as lower in status, more "out of control" and less competent.6

There's a Fine Line

If you don't have sufficient soft skills, you may cross the line between Office Diva and difficult employee.  Trouble indeed.
If you don't have sufficient soft skills, you may cross the line between Office Diva and difficult employee. Trouble indeed. | Source

Although it's unfair—because angry men are not penalized in this way—remind yourself that such behavior is inconsistent with the image you want to project. Do you really want high drama to detract from your awesomeness?

Remember that "soft skills" such as getting along with team mates and being professional and courteous are just as important as your technical expertise. Somewhere there is a line between Office Diva and difficult employee.

Just make sure you know where that line is.

Olympic Divas Revel in the Spotlight

Downhill skiiers Tina Maze from Slovenia and Dominique Gisin from Switzerland tied for the Gold Medal in the 2014 Winter Olympics.  Here, they share the spotlight with Bonze medal winner Lara Gut from Switzerland.
Downhill skiiers Tina Maze from Slovenia and Dominique Gisin from Switzerland tied for the Gold Medal in the 2014 Winter Olympics. Here, they share the spotlight with Bonze medal winner Lara Gut from Switzerland. | Source

How NOT to Manage Divas and Other High Performers

Management Mistake & Rationale
What It Does To High Performers
Potential Impact On Employers
The employer provides ever-changing priorities and business initiatives, believing it reflects the nature of the business environment they're in.
When new initiatives are like Baskin Robbins' Flavor-of-the Month, employees begin to feel jerked around. They sense that the organization has no clear sense of direction. They tune out.
According to a Gallup poll, 71% of American employees are "not engaged" or "actively disengaged" from their work. They are emotionally tuned out from their work, less likely to be productive, and more likely to turnover.
The employer claims to pay for performance but doesn't sizably differentiate rewards and recognition for high and low performers. Management believes employees should feel lucky to have a job.
High performers thrive on merit-based reward and recognition. Failure to differentiate levels of pay, career progression, bonuses, and awards creates deep dissatisfaction.
According to a 2014 survey by CareerBuilder, 45% of employees dissatisfied with advancement opportunities intended to leave.
Managers believe they don't have the luxury of allowing people to work on what they're good at.
Assigning a high performer tasks that anyone (less talented) could do will make them feel bored and disengaged.
39% of employees in CareerBuilder's survey reported feeling underemployed. One in five employees plan to change jobs in 2014.
Management demands employees "do more with less." They believe high performers can take on significantly higher workload without consequences.
Just because a high performer is capable of taking on mountains of extra work doesn't mean they don't feel the strain. They feel stress and need Work/Life Balance, too.
According to a poll by the non-profit Families and Work Institute, more than half of employees felt overworked and overwhelmed.
Failure to treat an Office Diva right can bring consequences: frustration, lower productivity, job stress, and intent to turnover.

Summary: The 5 Rules Of Divadom

  1. Cultivate Expertise by Finding a Need, Then Filling It

  2. Effectively Self-Promote

  3. Build an Entourage of Devoted Supporters

  4. Act the Part and Own the Room

  5. Know the Difference Between Diva and Difficult Employee

'70s Disco Diva Donna Summer: She Works Hard For the Money

Notes

1Szalavitz, Maria. "10,000 Hours May Not Make a Master After All." TIME.com. Last modified May 20, 2013. http://healthland.time.com/2013/05/20/10000-hours-may-not-make-a-master-after-all/.
2 Warrell, Margie. "Self-Promotion Is Not Crucial (Unless You Want To Get Ahead!)." Forbes. Last modified April 29, 2013. http://www.forbes.com/sites/margiewarrell/2013/04/29/self-promotion-is-not-crucial-unless-you-want-to-get-ahead/.

3Oklahoma State University. "Meeting Analysis: Findings from Research and Practice." Last modified 2001. http://www.okstate.edu/ceat/msetm/courses/etm5221/Week%201%20Challenges/Meeting%20Analysis%20Findings%20from%20Research%20and%20Practice.pdf.

4Wargo, Eric. "How Many Seconds to a First Impression?" Association for Psychological Science. Last modified July, 2006. https://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/publications/observer/2006/july-06/how-many-seconds-to-a-first-impression.html.

5INFOCOM. "Meetings in America." Verizon. Last modified 2014. https://e-meetings.verizonbusiness.com/global/en/meetingsinamerica/uswhitepaper.php.

6Brescoll, Victoria L., and Eric L. Uhlmann. "Can An Angry Woman Get Ahead? Status Conferral, Gender, and Expression of Emotion in the Workplace." Psychological Science 19, no. 3 (2008): 268-275.

What's in a Name? Locations with Names Associated with Being an Office Diva

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Martie - Embrace the goddess in you, girl!

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Excellent hub! Here and there I thought I was definitely the office diva, but my score was only 33% .... I am a wanna-be diva. Hahaha!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Crafty - Sometimes they're one in the same, but embrace your awesomeness either way! Glad you liked it!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Wow Flourish, I don't know how I missed this one. Oh what an excellent article and so fun to read! What intrigued me the most is the definition of Diva as a woman of outstanding talent. I never knew that. I always thought a diva was a woman that liked attention, was showy, dressed in a flashy way. I had it all wrong! LOL

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Suzanne - Three cheers for the diva in you!

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      I'm a diva and a half, often with a bad temper. But it gets stuff done. Everyone knows I'm great at my job, but management do all of the wrong things to everyone in my workplace so I often find myself the James Dean of the people, sticking up for multiple causes and almost resigning over them. A great hub, awesome and voted up!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Nancy - We're all experts at something and have varied talents we're building. We're all at different stages of learning or success, and none of us succeeds in a vacuum. When you give more and share your talents, everyone wins! Thanks for the great comment and for sharing, too!

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      Nancy Owens 3 years ago from USA

      I absolutely love this Hub. It is jam-packed with very valuable information for both employees and entrepreneurs. I like that you talk about supporting others while working to develop your own "brand" and that you explain the difference between being a diva and being a pain for the employer. By the way, I love Oprah's dress in that picture! Shared and voted up.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Stephhicks68 - Step into that spotlight, sound the trumpets, and take a bow. You've earned it! Thanks for reading and sharing.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Yay, Audrey! A through and through diva graces us -- YOU! How awesome it is to know you, lady!

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      Stephanie Hicks 3 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      I just don't have the diva personality! I love to work hard and reap the benefits, but don't shine the spotlight on me too brightly. :)

      Fun hub. Love the map with all the "diva" cities you can live in across the United States. Rated up and sharing!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Well I am a classical singer and a voice teacher--so I really am a diva!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Jeannieinabottle - Oh, you're too much! I bet you are a bunch of fun to work with and a bit of a challenge. Some of us are!

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      Jeannie InABottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      I am not a diva at work, but I have been called an assortment of other colorful names. :-) Trust me, they all know when I enter the room, too. Interesting hub and voted up!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Liz - If the tiara fits, wear it! Love the label! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      This was too funny. I enjoyed the hub. Well, at my day job I'm the only girl in a position of tech support, but I don't know if I'd classify as the diva! lol And like Bill said, at home, I am in my own writing studio, so I'm going to take the diva title for that. :)

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Jo - Thank you for the kind compliment. I'm glad to inspire the Health Hub Diva in you! I admire how you completely own your expertise and share it with others. Have a great weekend.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Eddy, Glad you enjoyed this, and thank you for reading and commenting!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Flourish, you've manage to make this hub interesting, funny, inspirational and informative. In fact; a thoroughly great read! Up all the way and sharing.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Oh how I enjoyed this refreshing and interesting hub. Voted up for sure and wishing you a great weekend.

      Eddy.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Anna - That's an awesome compliment. Thanks! And have a terrific weekend.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Well you managed to make this quirky, cool and also really useful. There is definitely a diva in us all just waiting to be released.

      Excellent hub and a pleasure to read.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      MsDora - Thanks for reading and commenting. Have a great day!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Laura Schneider - Thanks for your enthusiastic kudos! I sure welcome a standing ovation any day!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      What great confidence booster! Rule number two is challenge for many women. You laid it out (as well as all the other rules) very well.

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      Laura Schneider 3 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      Such great advice for all women especially because women are conditioned to not "show off" or self-promote from an early age, and it's so necessary, as you point out, to do if you want to get ahead and smash those glass ceilings to bits. A standing ovation for FlourishAnyway on an outstandingly superior Hub!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Thank you, Devika. Embrace the diva in you!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Excellent advise on being a Diva you summed it all so beautifully. You always have such interesting hubs I vote up and useful.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Eddy - Thanks for reading. Have a good day.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A great read and voted up for sure.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Cherylann - Thank you! I'm glad it made a difference. We can each embrace the divas that we are. Most people have expertise in something, it's just a matter of knowing your strengths and playing to them. And embracing the title.

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      Cherylann Mollan 3 years ago from India

      Hi FlourishAnyway! Wow! This is such a motivating hub. It really made me want to stand up and change the way I am in office. It is true that we sometimes have a tendency to undermine our abilities, or put on a display of modesty. But, to survive in this competitive world, you have to be able to gracefully self yourself, and your talents. These are indeed very wise words. :)

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Jackie - Thanks for reading and commenting. She sure was a Disco Diva.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Great fun hub and loved the Donna video! Sure do miss her. ^

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      kerlund74 - The video was enlightening about what we tell the world and ourselves with our body language. Glad you stopped by!

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      kerlund74 3 years ago from Sweden

      Hm, I am obviously not a Diva... Some great advices in this hub. I think many women could take some more space and get some more self-confident, would not hurt:) Great hub!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Fryday - Oh, certainly, they will tell you that they can! Thanks for reading and commenting. And hello to your feline friend and writing advisor.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Susan W. - Girl, you're a Diva and don't even know it! The only one left to convince is yourself.

      I'll give you three recent reasons you're all that: 1) your hub "10 Interesting Facts About The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics" was Hub Of the Day (HOTD), 2) your hub "Eight Strange (But True) Science and Maths Theories ~ That You Never Heard Of " was in the HubPot top 10 for the day of 2/27 and for the week, and 3) your hub "How To Get Free Stuff and Products From Companies" was also HOTD.

      Claim your tiara and don't be afraid to shine, sister. You rock!

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      Mary Metallic 3 years ago from Boston

      LOL, Cats... Can male cats be office divas too? My cat is one for sure! ;-)

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Excellent hub, Flourish. I enjoyed reading this so much, it will help me to become a little more professional and be more confident. You always write amazing hubs and this one makes you worthy of the diamond tiara. I'd call you the HubPages Diva, you are most definitely one of the best writers here. How I look forward to reading your hubs!

      In every office or workplace, there is always a diva who is very confident, excellent at social skills and does most of the talking. I am not one of them, unfortunately but I am sure that after this hub, I will improve and become a more self-confident person.

      Well done, I feel happier and I feel like I can make an impact after this. Thank you! Voted interesting and beautiful and shared.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Raymond - Divas do spice things up. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Joelle - Cats are definitely the Office Divas! I have one flopping all over my computer mouse right now (and occasionally stepping over the keyboard). With their human counterparts, the Office Diva, managers are usually terrific at encouraging and supporting them or they just don't have a clue. Divas become especially irked when they must carry the workload of underachieving wannabes or when their expertise is undervalued by a short-sighted manager. It's like telling a cat to "go fetch." They could technically do it, but it's just not a wise use of their talents. And besides, what's the point? The person who threw the ball needs to hold onto it and stop playing stupid games. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Have a great week!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Jo - I completely understand where you're coming from! I have a lovely 14-year-old Diva Daughter who has been gifted with all the self-confidence in the world. She enjoys sharing stories about what she's awesome at and invites relatives to her soccer game by asking them, "Wanna come see me win?" Some things you grow into and others you just fall into! Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

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      Raymond Philippe 3 years ago from The Netherlands

      Another informative hub. But I do admit being happy, very happy, that I don't have to deal with those "Divas and Other High Performers" and divos. Makes life, at least my life, much more relaxed. ;-)

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      Jo Miller 3 years ago from Tennessee

      I am so not a diva and they scare the hell out of me, but I think I raised one and may have one as a granddaughter. The self-promotion thing is the most difficult thing for me about writing online. I tend to avoid it.

      This in a wonderfully written hub and I enjoyed it so much.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      As I work from home, the divas in my office are my two cats purring in front of the warm gas fireplace while I am slaving at my computer ;-)

      I love your hubs, Flourish because you bring to light the different aspect of the workplace. And yes there are some real divas and some pretend divas.

      Your table with "How Not To Manage Divas and Other High Performers" is to the point. Some employers will give extra work to the limit of breaking some valued employees to compensate the lack of productivity of others. They would gain by respecting them more because those people will accomplish a lot by themselves if they are not stressed and pushed over the limit!

      Thank you for sharing another fantastic hub, Flourish! As always I love the humor in it :-) A must read!

      Enjoy your day!

      I liked your example in "Look the Part". I think that some people want to "play" so much the part that they forget what is the essence of being a real diva; it's not just the look and the attitude. I think it comes from the soul. The divas don't play the part, they just are who they are.

      Great examples of real divas throughout your hub!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I know you're a Diva, too, Faith! Don't let those Office Diva imposters and wannabes near your tiara; they can't bring you down! (I worked in state government for about two years and I know it can sometimes be.) From one Diva to another, thanks for stopping by for the fun. May you continue to have glitter and sparkles all around ...

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      hehe ... I just love your hubs, they are truly useful and, yet, entertaining to read no doubt! You are a hub Diva, Flourish! Your hub shows up and we take note! Well, I have been at my office for 19 years and there have been some who try to bring me down, but I am still there! Yes, those who think they are Divas, but in reality are difficult employees, need to get a clue and fast too!

      Great hub, you Diva you!

      Up and more and sharing

      Have a great day,

      Faith Reaper

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Hi, Rajan! Thanks for stopping by. Male divas are "divos" (Italian word) but that sure sounds funny.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I wonder if there is a word for males of outstanding talent! Excellent information, though. Thanks.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Rafiq23 - I'm glad you enjoyed this! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Bill - How 'bout if we call you HubDiva ... or I guess divo technically?

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      Muhammad Rafiq 3 years ago from Pakistan

      Interesting hub! I read the hub thoroughly and enjoyed it very much. It's replete with unique ideas for becoming a veteran Office Diva. Any girl, who wants to prove herself as one of the best Office Diva, should follow the instructions, as mentioned in this hub, in letter and spirit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, I work by myself in my own writing studio...does that make me the diva? :)