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Learning from Positive and Negative Role Models at Work

Nearly all of us have known fair bosses who make appropriate assignments and go out of their way to recognize our highest achievements. Likewise, we’ve also known supervisors and coworkers who constantly sabotage people they envy or just want to see fired. While the negative experiences can always be frustrating, it’s always best to simply imitate the positive behaviors and disregard the rudeness of others.

Of course, new challenges will always surface since it often appears that the most aggressive people tend to get ahead in today’s work world.  However, if you’ll just concentrate on doing the best job you can, you’ll usually discover that those with the greatest “staying power” are the ones who toil away in the background, helping others when they can and trying to distance themselves from their more cutthroat competitors.

Here are some added tips shared in a recent Inc.com article entitled, “Counterintuitive Self-Improvement Trick: Study People You [Dislike].”

Always Note Other People’s Positive and Negative Behaviors and Communications

  • Watch out for coworkers or bosses who steadfastly refuse to compromise their views or opinions while working with others. Since nearly all of us have worked with people like this, it’s important to remember to be flexible when stating our own opinions and even giving in to ideas that truly may work better than our own;
  • Be leery of those who are constantly “blowing their own horn” and reminding others of their most recent achievements. No one likes an egomaniac. Even if this behavior stems from insecurity, remind yourself to always listen more than you speak. Odds are, you’ll probably always appear brighter and fewer people will think you’re conceited;
  • Avoid growing close to those who gossip about coworkers who aren’t present. If you must talk about your coworkers to others, choose a family member you trust or a friend in a different city. Also, admit to yourself that we all dabble in a little gossip from time to time – and try even harder to stop this behavior;
  • Pay little attention to those who are constantly trying to “get in good” with the boss, or are always putting down others. When it’s appropriate, be sure to note the positive contributions of others by name.

Keep in mind that one fairly well accepted principle, according to some psychologists, is that all tend to dislike the behavior in others most – that we have yet to address in ourselves.

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Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia