The Jordan Harbinger Show

239: How to Ensure Your Authority Is Respected | Feedback Friday

At work, you're the youngest person on the team -- but you've also been there longer than anyone else. Your boss (who lives in another state) refers to you as his site lead, but you don't have an official title to reflect this. Your group needs the organization you know you can offer, but you don't want to come off as a power-hungry usurper. How do you get your boss to clarify your role -- to you and the team? On this Feedback Friday, we'll try to show you how to ensure your authority is respected.

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On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • Interested in doing some prison time with Jordan next February? Reach out to for details!
  • Is there a moral and/or legal obligation for Airbnb hosts to inform their guests when there are security cameras present -- whether or not they're recording anything?
  • Are there any online courses or coaches specialized in social skills we would recommend for making conversation and connection easier?
  • You're worried you don't come across as friendly. How can you improve your outer emotional reaction to people without feeling like you're overacting and being fake?
  • Your boss communicates with you as if you're in a leadership position, but you feel like you have no authority. Do you need to ask him to clarify your role -- to you and your team?
  • Is sharing photos useful when you're reconnecting with someone you haven't seen in a while, and is there networking value in alumni associations?
  • You tend to forget the lessons you learn from audiobooks after a couple of months. What is the best way to memorize and apply the key takeaways of these books?
  • What are the logistics of carrying on a successful long-distance relationship with a significant other whose sister doesn't like you and will probably undermine you from afar?
  • You want to start a family, but your spouse's fertility issues may prevent this. Additionally, they're averse to therapy that might help lessen the impact or present options if you receive bad news. How can you be as supportive as possible?
  • Life Pro Tip: Buy daily necessities in bulk when they're on sale, and pay close attention to unit prices!
  • Recommendation of the Week: Losing Sight of Shore
  • A quick shoutout to Becky, Robin, and all of the women's college volleyball players who listen to the show!
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at!
  • Connect with Jordan on Twitter at @JordanHarbinger and Instagram at @jordanharbinger.
  • Connect with Jason on Twitter at @jpdef and Instagram at @JPD, and check out his other show: Grumpy Old Geeks.

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