The Thursday Special

Last  Week’s Scenarios

Scenario #1

The co-worker who is yelling at you.
The passive aggressive response is: listen patiently; say nothing; walk away.

The best action for resolving the problem is: Match her loudness and intensity

 

Scenario #2

The co-worker who has body odor

The passive aggressive response is: leave a care package of hygiene items.

The best action for resolving the problem is: ask the boss to relocate you. (The boss is the person who should speak to the offending person.)

 

Scenario #3

The co-worker who interrupts you.

The passive aggressive response is: write an anonymous note.

The best action for resolving the problem is: request a meeting; bring a sign.

Scenario #4

The co-worker who smokes

The passive aggressive response is: hide Pete’s cigarettes.

The best action for resolving the problem is: talk to Pete about assuming more of the work load.

 

This Week’s Scenarios

Scenario #1

Your 14 year old son comes home from school and tells you that one of the kids in his class – a small, meek, and very smart little boy – is being bullied by a few of the bigger kids in the class.  What advice should you give to your son?

Scenario #2

You are a sweet young thing just out of school.  This is your first job. Your boss is on vacation and his second in command has been making sexual overtures with looks and comments.  Today he returned from lunch a little drunk and attempted to grope you.  What should you do?

Scenario #3

Your teenaged daughter Allison is tall and skinny with a mouthful of braces.  She is also brilliant and has been awarded a full ride scholarship to MIT.  Last night you came into her room and found her dissolved in tears.  Someone in her class had written some really nasty things about her on Facebook.  What should you say to your daughter?

Scenario #4

It was a very bad recession; good jobs were difficult to come by.  Company president, Brutal Bob Walker decided to cut the salaries of his employees by 20%.  When his most accomplished manager, Cassandra Ward, complained, Brutal Bob laughed and said, “Times are tough.  You can’t go anywhere else. I have you all by the short hairs.  I could probably drop your salary another 10% and there’s nothing you can do about it.”  If you were Cassandra, what would you do?

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