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Getting Along With Others: Coaching Yourself for Improved Performance (Inner Work of Work)

Getting Along With Others: Coaching Yourself for Improved Performance (Inner Work of Work)

ISBN: 9781520556345
Publisher: Independently published
Publication Date: 2017-02-12
Number of pages: 64
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Getting Along with Others helps you take advantage of the unique opportunity you have to interact with the diverse range of people you work with, people you might never have otherwise met through your friendships, families, and community. The workplace, on a daily basis, forces us to interact and negotiate with people who have a range of personal styles and competencies. We also must confront our and other's prejudices and biases and resolve conflicts of communication and perspective. All of this challenges us to maintain our own integrity while collaborating and teaming with others. The Getting Along with Others guidebook is your interpersonal relationship coach. As the economy has grown over the past decade, approximately 12 million new workers have entered the workforce. Workforce demographics show increasing numbers of people of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, recent immigrants, working women, and younger workers who may lack basic job skills, as well as older workers who are deferring retirement and remaining on the job. In my consulting practice, I have interviewed members of work groups in order to understand what's going on between people and enhance team work. I have heard people tell the most passionately detailed stories about a grievance or breach of trust that has kept people from talking with each other. Invariably, when I ask when the offense occurred, I learn that the event occurred years ago, though it is still talked about as if it had happened that morning. Then, during a meeting to mediate the issue, the parties come to realize that the whole scenario was based on a simple misunderstanding. How much time, energy, and productivity has been lost? Communicating directly and clearly is a challenge for most of us, especially when we are placed in the stressful situations that often occur at work. When situations get tough we often rely on defense mechanisms that distance or put the blame on others. We protect ourselves by thinking or saying things like, "It's all their fault," "If it weren't for such and such, everything would work better," or "No one understands me." While there may be elements of reality in such statements or there may be a precipitating event, the growth-oriented work is looking within ourselves to determine our own role in the communication gap. Are you involved in a disagreement or conflict with someone at work? Perhaps you have had a falling out with someone in the past that has resulted in an strained ongoing working relationship. Have you found yourself avoiding or not knowing how to connect or talk with someone? By taking yourself through the Coaching Points in this guidebook you will explore, for instance, how to give feedback to people about how their behavior affects you, how to avoid pushing others’ “hot buttons,” how to listen and show empathy, how to develop rapport using different styles of communications, how to address levels of conflict, and how to assert yourself in order to get your needs and wants met. This guidebook will help you do the inner work necessary to become aware of your own perceptions, thoughts,and feelings and how they affect the interactions you have with other people.

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