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  • What type of toxic managers or managerial behavior (rigid, aggressive, arrogant) is most difficult for you to deal with?

  • How do you generally respond to the various types of problematic managerial behavior?

    • What would be better ways to respond?

    • What gets in the way of responding more effectively?

    • What do you need to do to be able to respond more effectively?

  • Have you ever had a self-fulfilling prophecy? What happened?

  • Have you ever seen others involved in a self-fulfilling prophecy? What happened?

  • Do you have any biases in how you interpret situations? Where do they come from? Do you actively try to counter them?

  • Are there aspects of your past that color your experience of the present? What? Does this cause any problems for you? What can you do to limit the impact?

  • Do you have any attitudes or expectations that get in the way of your understanding events or modulating your emotional reaction and response?

  • Think of several events in which someone’s behavior upset you?

    • How did you interpret the situations?

    • Could you have interpreted them another way?

    • Did the situations “push buttons” and remind you of painful past events?

    • What can you do to separate the present situation from the past?

    • Could a change in attitude have decreased your distress?

    • Think of times when persuading someone was difficult.

  • Think of times when a conflict was difficult to resolve? What was tried? What was the effect? With twenty-twenty hindsight what would you have recommended people do?

  • Think of times when persuading someone was difficult? What was tried? What was the effect? With twenty-twenty hindsight what would you have recommended people do?

  • What are your strengths? How can you better utilize them to advance your career?

  • What are your weaknesses? How can you protect yourself from them? How can you strengthen these areas?

  • What can you do to foster your:

    • Insight into your emotions and their impact

    • Self-control

    • Adaptability

    • Integrity

    • Drive to grow and achieve

    • Awareness of your strengths and weaknesses


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