Grow Your Leadership Competencies by Working With People Who Drive You Crazy
Do you know who I’m talking about? Perhaps it’s the guy who’s obsessed with font size, color schemes and alignment. Or the incessant questioner. Or the gal whose desk looks like hurricane “I-don’t-care” just blew across her office. We’ve all got them–the folks that make us crazy. Oh sure they’re effective, but given your druthers, you druther not have them on your project. But there can e a strange benefit to working with people who drive you crazy.
5 Benefits to Working With People Who Drive You Crazy at Work
The truth is, it’s often the folks whom we’d like to choke who are best positioned to challenge our perspective and help us grow.
Working with people who make your hair curl provides a perfect opportunity to practice humble patience. Focus on your shared mission, and in really listening to the bozo (oh… I mean that other human being who has a different style).
2. Complementary Skill Sets
If someone is really making you crazy, it’s likely they’re focusing on areas you’d rather not think about. Instead of being annoyed, be grateful. They can sweat that stuff so you can do you what you do best.
3. Their Network
As they say, birds of a feather. Remember the “strength of weak ties” theory (if you missed that post, click here). Chances are they’re hanging out with a different crowd. If you lean in, you could substantially expand your network.
4. Creative Tension
Being challenged is the best way to grow. If you can keep an open mind, their perspective may be just what you need to break through to the next level.
5. Improved Skills
The best way to get better at working with people who drive you crazy is to work with people who drive you crazy. It forces you to practice all those vital teamwork skills: listening, communication, running effective meetings, working through conflict.
In fact, if you’re not working with anyone that makes you crazy, perhaps it’s time to seek out a nemesis mentor, or invite that nut job (oh, I mean really valuable human being) to join your next project.
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