Don’t Sabotage Yourself

Kevin King —  May 24, 2013 — 2 Comments

iStock_000008809777XSmallWhat do you do when a colleague is stressing you out?  What prevents you from exploding pure anger?  How do you react when this same person is doing it over time via emails, meetings and individual contact?  There are times when I need to battle the demons resembling those guys from Office Space to prevent myself from demolishing a fax machine.  The primary coping mechanism I learned to deal with difficult situations is based on my personality type (Enneagram 4, The Individualist), which means I get active.  Physical activity slows down my thoughts and prevents me from brooding.  When I am riding my bike, walking the dog, or doing yoga the world slows down for me just enough to reflect on why the colleague is causing me so much grief.  I encourage you to seek out what prevents you from sabotaging your leadership at work.  Save a work relationship and maybe even a piece of office equipment.

Kevin King


Kevin King is the Head of Branch and Circulation Services at the Kalamazoo (MI) Public Library. Previously Kevin led Teen Services at KPL, where he helped build a nationally recognized program. Kevin has presented all over the country on many topics including teen services, innovation, graphic novels, and programming. As a member of ALA, YALSA, PLA and the Michigan Library Association, Kevin has served on various committees and has luckily won a couple of awards. In his spare time Kevin obsesses over the Detroit Tigers, listens to music and does his best to be a kick ass dad to Abigail and Rachael.

2 responses to Don’t Sabotage Yourself


    This is really timely! Noontime yoga is finding its way into my workday for just such reasons. Thank you for a good post and a little Beastie Boys morning kickstart.

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