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Chapter 4. When People Step on Your Attitude > Avoid Putting Other People Down

Avoid Putting Other People Down

If you expect people to respect you and be sensitive to your needs, don’t step on other peoples’ attitudes. One of the best ways you can keep your attitude from being stepped on is making sure you give other people the same consideration you expect. Value and respect the views, perspectives, and feelings of others. There is always more than one side to an issue and more than one way to solve a problem. It may take more effort on your part to avoid stepping on another person’s attitude, but it will be worth it in the long run. You will increase your sensitivity to plausible alternatives, and you will get to know people better. As a result you will be able to get your ideas across more effectively. It is vital to watch and listen to others for a better understanding of their perspectives. Be sure you seek this type of feedback to assure you truly are communicating.

Steve. Frequently Steve played the “one upmanship” game by building himself up in front of groups of people. One-on-one he would be very careful not to give out too much information. But in a meeting it was a different story. When an issue was discussed in a group setting, Steve was very quiet until near the end of the discussion when he would give his opinion. His opinion always seemed to be the way the “wind was blowing” by his supervisor. He was so good at rephrasing others’ views, the key point he made frequently could solve the problem. His co-workers, however, felt his comments were offered at their expense. He took great pride in his ability to make people understand “he was the only one who had complete information” or that “he should always be consulted.”


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