Interpersonal Skills

Respecting Those You Don’t Respect

I hope the title of this had you pause for consideration. I’ve identified the verb Respect as a choice, not a feeling. This important distinction can help when you are faced with a common workplace concern: How do I work with someone I don’t respect?

Typically, we disrespect people because they have not met our expectations or because we are angry and fearful about some behaviour which seems to endanger us or the business. We might lose respect after a miscommunication which we assume is manipulative or dishonest in some way.

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