5 Difficult Workplace Types and How to Get Them to Cooperate

suit-facing-bombsThe workplace is filled with difficult personalities–bullies, know-it-alls, rumor mongers… Our fallback reaction when faced with problem people at work is to either assert ourselves or walk swiftly in the other direction. But there’s a middle ground, a way of communicating that’s more effective, because it’s not rigid or oppositional. It’s about being fluid, surrendering to your intuition, and letting go of your need to push back or control the outcome. Your ability to go with the flow is really important when dealing with difficult people. Here are five difficult workplace types and some communication strategies for each type.

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Judith Orloff

Judith Orloff

Judith Orloff, MD, assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA and New York Times bestselling author, is author of, The Ecstasy of Surrender: 12 Surprising Ways Letting Go Can Empower Your Life. Dr. Orloff teaches workshops nationwide, has given a TED talk on this book, and has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, Today, PBS, CNN, NPR, and many others. More information is at www.drjudithorloff.com.

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