Foil a told-you-so colleague

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in Leaders & Managers,Workplace Communication

Q: My co-worker loves saying “I told you so” after I make a mistake. But he’s full of it: He never warns me and in fact often gives bad advice. How can I shut him up?

A: Next time he gives you advice, say thanks, write it up ASAP and add, “I’ll try your suggestion and let you know what happens.” If his advice turns out right, thank him again. If he’s wrong, use a written follow-up to explain why he was wrong in neutral, fact-based language. By committing everything to writing, you show he’s unhelpful without raising a fuss.

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