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One of our last big bosses loved telling people off. Did it ten times a week. Actually shouted during meetings. Made a habit of reminding everyone just how replaceable they were.
Your best hope is to be direct, but civil. That can also backfire, but it’s where I draw the line. I don’t sugarcoat my pills, but I don’t dip…
I’ve tried snark, and it only works when you’re commiserating with someone else. It tends to make your target angrier.
The calm person always has the most control, in any given situation. Even if that person is the server showing her boss an empty bag, to prove she actually didn’t steal…
If you have that, you don’t need to tell anyone off. Look at those with real power and authority. They never lose their cool.
All you did was piss them off. You’ve turned a potential ally into an enemy. Or worse, you’ve transformed an incompetent person into a petty and vindictive one. Congrats. You’re such a force to reckon with.
People want to make their priorities your obligations. You can end up carrying a huge burden that is entirely unnecessary.
The reason this story is valuable is because it reminded me that replying is a choice.
That’s truth, trying to come out of you. Always be honest with yourself. If something is bothering you, address it. Do not ignore it.
That’s why, in the 15th circle of hell, everything is shaped exactly like a penis. Especially the food. So #Metoo offenders and their kin wind up eating dick over and over again, for…