|Fulfillment@Work: INSPIRATION OF THE WEEK
April 15, 2001
Welcome to the Fulfillment@Work Newsletter
Published by Joel Garfinkle, Dream Job Coaching
"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."
~ Theodore Roosevelt (26th U.S. President)
Inspiration of the Week
Coping With Critical Co-Workers
In addition to the inspiration-packed quote above, here are four commonsense tips to sustain your sanity when dealing with overly-critical co-workers, clients, supervisors or any other "neigh-sayer" in your life based on my workbook Love Your Work:
1. Take the time and effort to step into his (or her) moccasins and view things from their perspective instead of yours.
2. Remember a time in your life when you experienced similar events/feelings.
3. Keeping all that information in mind, construct strategies to help you understand who they are what they think and feel and why they behave like they do even better.
4. When all else fails, politely remind them (or maybe just yourself if the critical one happens to hold a position authority over you) of the wise words of Frank A. Clark, "Lots of faults we think we see in others are simply the ones we expect to find there because we have them."
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