As I noted the other day, I’m about to embark on a series of blog posts on dealing with difficult people.
Keep in mind that as with trash and treasures, difficult people can be in the eye of the beholder. That is, the quirky-but-brilliant co-worker who drives you to distraction with his odd tangents on the nature of solar panels may be just fascinating to someone else (like his wife).
Similarly, the woman who is constantly interrupting during meetings may annoy you mildly, but may drive your supervisor plum batty.
Nevertheless, the fact that a google search on “Dealing with Difficult People” brings up nearly 42 million hits makes me think this is a popular and ever-pressing topic.
And the fact it’s pretty widely acknowledged in HR and project management circles that a “difficult person” can bring an entire team down shows that it’s a serious one.
So who are the difficult people in the world? I’m going to lump them into six categories:
*The stealth destroyers
*The “yes” people