Thu04242014

Business & Real Estate

How to lose friends without influencing anyone

Jean on the Job

If you want to work alone, produce alone, celebrate alone, continue the following behaviors:

Duck when someone looks in pain. Look away when someone is congratulating you. Try not to compliment anyone for anything. Look for the critical factors in an idea and express them. Stay negative even when others are looking hopeful. Accentuate the limitations of the system. Don't ever buy anyone's lunch. Never attend an extracurricular office function. Don't give gifts, cards or congratulations memos. Don't look for nuances in others. Don't wonder if someone is rejected or disappointed. Never apologize. Don't give credit to anyone but yourself. Don't nominate anyone for anything. Don't crawl out of your hole.

Of course none of the Town Crier readers belong in the above category. I just wrote this so you could hand it to your mate, colleague or almost-friend.

Jean A. Hollands, CEO, Growth & Leadership Center, author, "Silicon Syndrome: How to Survive a High-Tech Relationship," "Optimistic Organizations" and "Red Ink Behavior: Measure the High Cost of Problem Employees," was voted Business Woman of the Year in 1986 and 1996. Write to GLC, 1451 Grant Road, Mountain View, 94040.

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