We get faced with a lot of situations in business. There’s a lot of difficult things to deal with. It’s just natural that occasionally we’re going to have tension, that’s just part of the game. If you’re in business, you’re going to disagree with others, but there are ways to handle that. You can handle that disagreement by getting into a shouting match or a reply to all series of emails. Or you could be more civil; you could talk directly to the person. You could give it some time to sort out the tension air until you can work out your disagreements.
If you’re seeing tension between you and somebody else, obviously, there’s an underlying problem. There’s a miscommunication or a lack of alignment on values. In business, we don’t have to align with everybody in values. We should try to respect our fellow man and woman that we’re doing business with. We don’t have to agree on everything.
If you find yourself in a disagreement, sometimes the best course is to remove yourself from the situation. Exercise some discretion and show decorum. Show that you’re the bigger person. People will learn to admire that. It’s one of those subtle things you can do that if you repeat it again and again over time, it will pay huge dividends.
What’s been your experience with decorum, have you had arguments with others that have gone the wrong direction? How do you prevent yourself from being put in the bad light? Join us in the comments below and let us know what your experience is.
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