This new series on “Working with Jerks” is really speaking to many of you. I have received more private emails about readers’ nightmares concerning difficult people in their personal and professional life. Let’s see if you can relate with this story. I will be asking you to share your ideas on how you would have handled the situation.
George’s Travel Nightmare
George went on a trip to Arizona with an alleged good friend of his…Jim. George came down with the flu and could not participate in the side trips. George had a high temperature and was upset that he could not partake in the activities. Here comes the DRAMA! Can you guess what Jim said to George? If you guessed that he was sensitive to George’s situation, you are wrong. Each day Jim said, “George you missed such great experiences. I can’t believe that you wasted your time sleeping instead of pushing yourself.” This trip ended a good relationship. George saw another side of Jim. He could not continue being Jim’s friend after Jim showed such insensitivity.
Joyce, What Do You Think? Read the rest of the article
One of my clients sent me a question about a conflict that he was experiencing. Let’s see if this sounds familiar with some of you.
He felt that social media was impacting the social and communication skills for his 15 year old son. He was concerned because his son had a difficult time speaking at dinner or with the family. Of course this is typical of teenagers anyway. There is something that goes even deeper.
So Joyce, What Do You Think?
Think about it for a moment. When teens text with their friends, they can edit their comments if necessary. I wish that we could edit our verbal communication at those times when we make huge communication mistakes! People who text need to use their mouth to communicate also or else this could be a huge issue in their future. People need to get along with others in the workplace or else there will be huge conflict. Face to face communication is something that we all need to improve upon. Texting is great. I love using it especially if I want to stay in touch with my family. Texting along with verbal communication work well for me! I’m not saying anything that is new here but I decided to bring this up because I’m hearing more discussion about this issue.
What about you
1. Do you see verbal communication go down the tube with younger generations? Read the rest of the article