I am sure most of us had encountered some personalities that really annoyed us no end.These encounters occurred mostly at the workplace where conflicts often ignite disagreements.Most often too,the relational problems that result consume us.One author says that "frogs have a tremendous advantage over humans,as they can consume what bugs them."
What bugs you about people? Is it their inconsistency? Inflexibility? Inability to give and take? Or is it their bad attitudes? Most people can handle disagreements,differences in opinions but negative attitudes spoil our day.
Despite the fact that most of us in Batch '63 had retired from work,in our daily activities we still meet these people,so we might as well learn how to deal with them effectively. John C.Maxwell,in his book, Be a People Person, advised that it will be helpful to identify their common traits so we can choose how react to them.They can make us or break us not by the treatment we receive but by how we respond to it.He described difficult personalities like the Sherman Tank, Space Cadet,Volcano,Thumb Sucker,Wet Blanket,Garbage Collector and User.We have meet them all or perhaps in one way or another we had become one of them. Have you recognized someone who is in a category all by himself? Take heart,put into practice some general rules to work with them effectively:
1.Love them unconditionally.
2.Ask God for wisdom in working with them.
3.Stay emotionally healthy yourself.
4.Do not elevate them to positions of leadership.
5.Be honest with God,yourself and them.
Are these tall orders?
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