Saturday, June 5, 2010

People You Don't Get Along With

Nobody gets on with everybody all the time.  It's a fact of life.  So what do you do about it?
  1. Be courteous.  Respect is a valuable commodity.  You also never know when you might need a favor or if that perso will ever be on an interview panel.
  2. Be polite.  Being rude or obnoxious will only make the situation worse. 
  3. Cut to the chase.  Don't spend too much time mucking around with nicities.  When in a meeting, talking on the phone or sending an email - get to the point and get on with it!.
  4. Be careful what you say to others.  Playground politics can be incredibly destructive and corrosive.  If you've got anything to say - speak directly to the person.
One interesting situation I have is where I have previously had one person whom I had difficulties working with.  There were a lot of tense moments and no matter what either of us did we could just never agree on anything - even when we agreed!

Nothing changed overnight.  However three years later we can understand each others perspective and have learnt to respect each others work.  The real issue is we are more alike than apart in personality.

And now I have to work with another person (who also has a large personality) and guess what?  We don't get on.  Well, we do get on, but we'll never do coffee.  So whats my strategy for dealing with this person?

The same three points I've listed above.

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