September 1st, 2009
If I asked you the question, “I would be more effective work with “X” if…. (fill in the blank)”, how would you finish that question?
I would be more effective working with Rhonda if she worked somewhere else?
I would be more effective working with Mike if he had a better attitude, listened to what I was saying, didn’t go over my head at work etc etc?
That is a natural way to answer that question, but if you look at what you’ve said, you are asking your difficult person to change their behaviour.
That is not going to happen.
Every morning they get up and answer the above question about you:
I would be more effective working with Susan if she just left me alone!
You can’t make your difficult person change. What you can do is do something different so you get a different response/reaction from them.
Dealing with your difficult person isn’t about getting others to do what you want them to do (that makes you a difficult person). Dealing with difficult people is about learning to create the circumstances where you get what you need.
You don’t make another person be more positive, to listen better or arrive at work on time. You learn to create the circumstances where you are able to get what you need.
I would be more effective working with Rhonda if I didn’t let her complaining bother me.
I would be more effective working with John if I had more compassion for his personal life.
Not easy is it?
Have you ever heard the expression “If you marry your spouse planning to change them after the wedding, it makes for a very interesting first marriage”?
You can’t make people do what you want. They can’t make you do what they want.
You learn to adapt to the circumstances to get what you need (and not necessarily at the expense of the other person either).
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