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Can’t stand a co-worker? Here’s why you’re the real problem

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Same old, same old: Carl down the hall is late once again with his weekly spreadsheet when he clearly has nothing else to do, and good luck getting an answer from Donna about Friday’s conference call—she’s out of the office for the zillionth time this month (probably because of her kid’s clarinet lessons). What is there to do but lecture your cubicle-mate once again on the shortcomings of these deadbeats?

Stop right there, rain cloud. The chances are very good that you’re missing the whole picture of the colleagues who are causing you to gnaw on your stapler. Ask yourself these questions before you launch your next hissy fit:

1) Do I have any real idea what my co-workers’ jobs are like? Unless you’ve observed someone for a full week as they wrestle with what’s on their plate, you can’t really know what they have to confront and resolve each day, and why your projects and priorities might not be as earth-shaking to them as th...(register to read more)

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