Leadership Tip

How to turn adversaries into allies

Anyone who has faced rivals at work - bosses who take all the credit, team members who undermine things - knows how difficult it is to ignore them. Instead, turn your adversaries into collaborators by following these three steps:

  1. Redirect. Try to channel your rival's negative emotions away from you by bringing up something you have in common, or talking about the source of the tension in a favourable light.
     
  2. Reciprocate. Give up something of value to your rival - help complete a project or divulge important information - so you are poised to ask for something in return.
     
  3. Reason. Explain that not working together cooperatively could mean lost opportunities. Most people are highly motivated to avoid a loss.

The above leadership tip...
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