“Dealing with a difficult person is the ultimate stretch assignment.” So says my colleague and friend Sharon Huntsman.
Man, is she right.
We don’t knowingly sign up for dealing with difficult people at work.
But they show up.
When they do, we have a choice.
- Begrudge, hide, and avoid the situation.
- Blame them for being difficult and hard to work with.
- Use their behavior as an excuse to not be happy, productive or successful.
- OR we can use the opportunity to learn.
Ask yourself, “What is the skill this person is inviting me to learn?”
- Setting boundaries?
- Saying ‘no’?
- Creating consistent accountability practices?
- Communicating more clearly and concisely?
- Or just staying present, despite discomfort?
Take advantage of this crash course and stretch assignment.
Learn something new.
Gain a new skill.
If you do, you’ll be less likely to have to take this course over and over and over again.
Once the skill is mastered, it becomes an asset.
Don’t waste this opportunity.
Use it to your own gain.
I’m going to offer a LIVE, in-person “How to Lead, Manage, and Coach Difficult People” course. And if you’re a coach, I’ll be adding a certification and partnership program for the content, to the in-person workshop. Details are coming together and will be announced soon. If you’d like to be on the early notification list, please hit ‘reply‘ to this email and let me know!
Did you check out the last podcast? “Are You Making Your Difficult Employee Worse?” http://leadershipcoachllc.com/ep-77-are-you-making-your-difficult-employee-worse/
Next up on the podcast is “Why Managers Can’t HOLD Their Employees Accountable”. Make sure you subscribe to the podcast to get the new ones as they release!