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Technique 7: Distance Yourself from Unresolvable Conflict

When a relationship is important to your career, it is best to use good communication to repair any conflict. But what do you do when you sense conflict coming from those who are interested only in their gains and do not really care about you?

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In recent weeks Jackie has been aware that her co-worker Aaron has been using her to further his career. He disrupts her productivity to ask about things he should be learning on his own time. He asks her to cover for him while he is playing office politics elsewhere. He is generous in buying drinks after work, but almost all of the conversation is directed to subjects that will enhance his career, not hers. Slowly, Jackie has decided that their relationship is never going to be mutually rewarding.


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