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January 09, 2009


As a consultant, inevitably I have to work with some people with whom I have no common interests. And there are a few of them, initially, that have some habits that I find frustrating. My livelihood as a consultant depends to a great degree upon my ability to work well with a diverse stable of humans. Long ago, in another vocation--that of a church minister--I had similar issues to face.

I learned to take it as an act of sheer intelligence to be able to work with anyone who needs my services and wants to hire me. In effect, I can say to myself, "Erwin, this is going to be a tough guy to work with--but you're smart enough to succeed in the relationship." The fact of the matter is that inevitably, even though a client might have seemed frustrating at first, I get to the place where there is an awful lot about that person that I like.

There are always incompatibilities between people--even in marriage--and though those incompatibilites rarely change, we can normally work through them when we focus on the task.

This is a long way of saying, Alexandra, that I believe you've got your finger on exactly the right issues.

Always a tough situation to handle. My office just recently had a lot of politically charged conversations from the recent election. A few months back we offered some tips to negate office politic speak....

Thanks again Alexandra!

@Dan - you used to be a church minister, really? I'd like to hear that career change story sometime.

@Jeremy - thanks for the link, those are great tips!

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