Find Common Ground with an Annoying Coworker

by | Sep 27, 2022 | Podcast

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We all work with challenging people; sometimes, you have to find common ground with someone you don’t like. And it’s easy to focus on why we don’t like them or how we are different from them. But work will always be better when you can find common ground.

In this week’s episode of Reflect Forward: Advice from a CEO, I share some ways you can find common ground with challenging colleagues and find ways to appreciate those coworkers you don’t like all that much.

My last tip is the best tip: change your mindset. You can’t change other people, but you can change yourself. I have found that the best way to move past dealing with people I don’t like is to accept who they are.

Question of the Week

This week’s question comes from a person on LinkedIn who said, “I get defensive every time I get feedback. What can I do to receive it better?”

I love this question! Feedback indeed can be a gift if you can wrap your mind around how to accept it gracefully. It’s really hard to not get defensive when you get feedback. But if you want to be a great self-leader and a great lead people leader, and if you want to be a great teammate, you must learn how to receive feedback.

During the episode, I share my tips on staying calm at the moment and why it’s essential to follow up after receiving feedback.

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