What 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.
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