When You’re Annoyed by a Colleague, Take a Look in the Mirror

Sometimes you work with someone you just don’t like. Maybe your colleague rubs you the wrong way, disagrees with you constantly, or is arrogant and entitled. Before you start pointing fingerstake a look in the mirror. Think about how you might be contributing to the problem, and try to objectively  assess what you may have done to escalate the issue. Or ask a trusted colleague for their perspective. The goal is to test your assumptions. You may think it’s all the other person’s fault, but that’s rarely the caseWhat you’re reacting to may have little to do with the other person, and more to do with your own history. It’s possible that the person reminds you of an obnoxious  sibling or an old rival. Or maybe you can be a bit of a control freak, and your frustration comes from being unable to call all the shots. If you can understand what you’re bringing to the situationyou’ll know better how to address it.
*Source: Harvard Business School’s Management Tip of the Day
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