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?
I spoke to George a few times to make sure that I understood exactly what happened. I asked him if Jim was just sharing his excitement about his experience and missed his friend. George told me that Jim was been insensitive and was not concerned at all. I do realize that there are always 3 sides of every story…George’s side, Jim’s side, and the other side! If I interviewed Jim, I probably would have heard a totally different explanation. We don’t see how others see us. This is usually the largest communication breakdown. George told me that he “should have” spoken to Jim while on the trip. I suggested that he could still have that tough conversation. George does not want to continue the friendship.
I recently went on a vacation with friends and we constantly teased each other about how we don’t see ourselves as others do. Humor worked with us because we all got into the action. No one was singled out like Jim did to George. It’s your turn to share what you would have done in this situation.
What Would You Do If You Were George?
Would you …
Stay silent and not bring this up to Jim?
Become sarcastic and say something like, “You are an insensitive jerk.”
Or, would you say, “I don’t want to create stress between us. I do want to clear the air. I was caught off guard when I heard the comments about how much I missed while I had the flu. Those comments didn’t help me one bit. I felt bad enough that I missed all of the excitement.”
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