Dealing with problematic people in the workplace

Dealing with problematic people in the workplace is an art form.

People who spend their time looking to undermine other employees have the advantage of deniability.

Problematic people usually have a large network of people willing to deny their pity, destructive behaviour because people always protect their own.

My best advice is once the dust is clear to leave an organization that allows people to cause issues without out recourse. Time is short and being in the presence of people out to get you because of their own emotional issues is a waste of time. And besides you already went through that experience in high school.

7 Tips for Upping Your Social Media Game in 2015

TIME

Less carbohydrates? Check. More exercise? Check. Now for the really important stuff: upping your social-media game. Social media–whether Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, or Instagram—is here to stay and will remain important to enhancing your personal and professional relationships. Here are 7 things you can do to improve your social-media-facing face:

  1. Fix your avatar. Your avatar is the first thing that people judge. It should be your face, in focus, lit from the front, and asymmetrical. Don’t crop your face from a large, crappy cell phone picture. The purpose of an avatar is to convince people that you are likable, trustworthy, and competent. Don’t try to tell your life story with it.
  2. Update your bio. The second thing people look at to determine if you’re worth taking seriously is your bio. Is yours up to date and complete? This is the place to tell your life story. The more information…

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Never give up

I am currently reading Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich as it was recommend by several people.

One of the main lessons I have taken away is the principle “three feet from gold”. Hill shares a story early into the book about how a gold prospector during the gold rush owned a mine. Initially there was a period of success but then the gold was no longer found so after digging he can conclusion all the gold had been exhausted. So he sold the mine and moved on only to find out the people who bought the mine continued to dig and three feet from where he stopped they discovered the largest deposit of gold at that time.

This story works because everyone has moments when all seems lost and the desire to give up is overwhelming. To give in is often simpler than fighting on. In these moments I know I will think of this story to give me the strength to carry on.