We all know someone who is unpleasant to work with – whether they micromanage, help themselves to whatever is in the break room fridge (including your lunch!), or aggressively block any decision-making process. So listen in to this episode with Jody Foster, author of The Schmuck in My Office, and get tips for how to address the problem and create a healthier, happier, and more effective workplace for everyone.
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The Book: The Schmuck in My Office: How to Deal Effectively with Difficult People at Work
Podcast: Ep 41: Dealing With the Schmuck In Your Nonprofit with Dr. Jody Foster & Dr. Michelle Joy
Podcast: Ep 232: Surviving Conflict with Karen Feste
Successful Nonprofits® Book Club
(03:15) A Schmuck in the Toilet
(09:10) The Bean Counter personality
(14:10) Shmucks in the time of COVID
(17:30) The effectiveness of conversation
(22:10) Best ways to approach the conversation
(26:57) When substance abuse is involved
If you don’t both call something out or provide feedback that something is causing a problem,
then, Some people are just oblivious or convince themselves that their behavior is not causing that much trouble or people don’t notice.
Finally, If you think about the driving force for what makes somebody a perfectionist, it tends to come down to a fear of the loss of control
Our reserves for bringing our best selves to work has been ground down. And I am seeing an unprecedented level of conflict at work.
People have a lower threshold of conflict.
Firstly, The best way to handle the elephant in the room is to say, “Hey! There’s an both elephant and a crow in the room!”
The mere fact of telling someone that they are unhinged at work is what most of us need to snap back.