Ignoring Difficult People Is Not an Option If You Want to Succeed!
People always ask me how do you deal with a difficult employee? I tell them that I don’t, I only deal with my Board of Directors.
Is it any easier?
NO! It may be even harder. Difficult people do exist at work. They come in every variety and no workplace is without them.
How difficult a person is for you to deal with depends on your self-esteem, your selfconfidence, and your professional courage at work. Dealing with difficult people is either easy or challenging for you depending on the type of difficult person and the situation you face. They come in different shapes and sizes.
Dealing with difficult people is easier when the person is just generally obnoxious or when the behaviour affects more than one person. Dealing with them is much tougher when they are attacking you, stealthily criticizing you, gossiping about you, or undermining your professional contribution.
Difficult people come in every conceivable variety. Some talk constantly and never listen. Others must always have the last word.
Some co-workers fail to keep commitments. Others criticize anything that they did not create. Difficult co-workers compete with you for power, privilege, and the spotlight; some go way too far in courting the boss’s positive opinion—to your detriment.
Some co-workers attempt to undermine you and you constantly feel as if you need to watch your back. Your boss plays favourites and the favoured party lords it over you; people form cliques and leave you out; you are told that colleagues are speaking about you behind your back. Difficult people and situations, such as these, exist in every workplace.
Do I see this working with fellow directors? Well, it is not always easy. Best advice I can give is this – be firm, stand on your values, do not take your eye off your vision, and do not allow anyone to stand in your way of success.
Notably the same method of keeping your vision and objectives as a key pivot, as this will allow you to reach your dreams and full potential. As you read through this issue you will notably read how aspirational individuals were challenged, had big dreams and reached for the stars.
A Warren Buffett once said “In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And, if they don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.”