Consulting Best Practices

How to Handle a Work Nemesis

Some people are naturally compelled by conflict, and they see their own colleagues as rivals for getting ahead at work. In a few words at Consulting 101, Lew Sauder discusses how to handle these people when they have decided that you are the enemy. For starters, you should determine if the person is competing with you for something, if the person wants something you have, or if the person simply feels slighted by some perceived wrong you committed in the past. Then you at least have a frame of reference for the person’s bothersome behavior.

Beyond that, Sauder recommends three tips: Take the high road with your interactions, promote the value you are producing (so that it cannot be misconstrued by others later), and owe up to mistakes before anyone else exploits the opportunity to make them look worse than they are. For further details, you can view the original post here:

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