Working with Others

“We cannot accomplish all that we need to do without working together.”
~ Bill Richardson

Whether you sit behind a desk and have daily meetings or interactions with many different people, we have all come across someone we find difficult to work with. Communicating with difficult people can be a tough task to handle on your own. When a problem is noticeable to a group of people a compromise is much easier to identify and implement. Learning to diplomatically deal with difficult people with professional courage can make your office a happier place.

Learning to work with different kinds of people is a key to success in the ever-changing business world. We might not all agree on the same issues or ideas but problem solving, compromising and listening to other peoples’ opinions with an open mind can help us all.

Always take a step back and take a look at your reactions, think about your facial responses or verbal and written communications that might have put a wedge between you and this difficult person. Try to narrow down the issue and learn what triggers you to react the way you do. We can all learn lessons from examining our own behaviors. What we can’t do is control others.

Kelly D. Scott
Vistage Florida
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