The Boss from Outer Space and Other Aliens at Work: A Down-to-Earth Guide for Getting Along with Just About Anyone
Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub
Anyone who works in an office probably has to deal with at least some people who are so different they might as well be from another planet. These differences can lead to conflict or - if handled properly - to a greater appreciation of others and a more productive workplace. The secret to getting along lies in understanding the different personality traits people exhibit and how to relate to them.The author identifies 11 traits that can make work relationships difficult, which she compares to the planets (plus the moon and the sun), including: Saturn, with its distinctive rings, symbolizes how comfortable one is being different, and shows whether one is more of a conformist or experimenter; Jupiter, made up mostly of gases, has a bubbly spirit, and signifies one's level of optimism; Earth (as in "down to Earth") indicates whether someone is grounded, or has one's "head in the clouds." Fun and easy to read, yet packed with realistic strategies, this very human guide will help anyone on the planet get along with even their most difficult coworker.
comes naturally to them? 7. How can I change my behavior to get along better with these people? 49 ................. 16498$ $CH2 06-27-07 10:19:08 PS PAGE 49 This page intentionally left blank ................. 16498$ $CH2 06-27-07 10:19:08 PSPAGE 50 L Venusians in the Workplace CHAPTER 3 Ancient astronomers thought that the planet Venus was two different bodies; they referred to it as both ‘‘the morning star’’ and ‘‘the evening star.’’ Venus is named after the ancient Roman goddess
from another planet. One basic human tendency is to assume that we are normal and that everyone else should be like us. That is, of course, not true. We will live, work, play, and love more happily if we understand that every other person is somewhat different than we are. The more different a person is, the more she may annoy us, but the more we really need her to round out our view of the world. Think about a work team in which all the members think alike. They will work together very smoothly,
little too stable, a little too laid back. There are times when there is a level of energy that accompanies being nervous and excitable and, yes, even a little neurotic, that can be helpful. Joe doesn’t have it. You handle this situation by saying something like, ‘‘Joe, I’m not sure you realize the seriousness of the situation. We may be out of work if we don’t come up with a way to prove our value to the new senior staff. We need to spend some time looking for that video, and if we don’t find
‘‘That isn’t right at all. We always seem to have a slow time right after the first of the year. And we have a lot of very bright people. We could send them to training, no problem. I don’t agree with hiring new people.’’ ‘‘Well, that makes sense too,’’ said Denisha. ‘‘I could go along with that.’’ ‘‘Denisha,’’ said Judith, ‘‘We need your ideas. Please tell me more about why you think we should hire new employees. That’s what we’re here for.’’ MARS ATTACKS: CHARACTERISTICS OF THE DOMINANT ONES
of resistance, and possibly skepticism, which irritates them to the point where they may start to act in a condescending manner. They might say things like, ‘‘I can see all of this so clearly; what is wrong with you people?’’ Others in the organization may see them as undisciplined and 174 ................. 16498$ CH10 06-27-07 10:20:30 PS PAGE 174 impractical. This can escalate to the point where they can actually be, or seem, abrasive or insensitive in their efforts to be innovative.