There may come times when you find yourself at odds with others you work with, or you may find there is a person who is intentionally trying to undermine your position and potentially harm your career. While antagonistic behaviors are unprofessional and unacceptable, you would be wise to learn how to protect yourself in the event that someone is attempting to cause harm to your career or your reputation.
Handling attacks, snide remarks and negative actions of others is something that everyone should know how to do, regardless of their career or business. While you cannot control what other people say or do, you can control how you react. In fact, your response to attacks on your career or reputation could actually garner the respect and admiration of others. It is important to never react emotionally or in an equally harmful manner, but instead, respond professionally and calmly. It may not always be necessary to verbally respond, so learning how to take the high road can actually be a smart step for your career path or small business.
Another way to deal with the negative actions of others is to simply keep proving that person wrong. Work hard, be honest, treat people well and refuse to stoop to low levels, and people will find it hard to believe when someone says something negative about you. It’s impossible to make everyone happy all the time, but it is possible to learn how to react with class and dignity when someone attacks you. Your reputation is a huge asset, and protecting it may mean responding to crisis in a smart and non-reactionary manner.
At some point, you will likely face a situation in which you find a colleague, employer, customer or other person acts in a way that seems like he or she is intentionally trying to harm your reputation, your business or your career path. You are certainly entitled to defend yourself, but it is prudent to be thoughtful and practical in your response. Don’t sacrifice the high ground simply because someone is angry, irrational or unprofessional.
By Meagan Kerlin for Vertu Marketing LLC