It isn’t just in our political discourse that we are being manipulated to have opinions. We directly know almost nothing and are being manipulated to believe that the other side is the enemy.

This happens at work, too.

Someone comes to visit you for a second, tells you a story where they are the aggrieved party and they are looking for your support an agreement, if not strategy and tactics for how to respond.

Not your battle.

Not your war.

What’s the prize that you hope to achieve professionally?

How does your cooperation help you achieve it?

Instead of becoming a co-conspirator, just consider saying, “that sounds awful!”

When they look for advice about how to respond, try saying, “I’m not sure. What are you thinking of doing?”

Be friendly and courteous but don’t enter the conspiracy.

 

Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2020

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1600 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.Career Angles | Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

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