Do You Get Along With Your Co-Workers?

“You are a child of the universe,” says the Desiderata, but it doesn’t mean you’re the King of the World. A worker’s competence may or may be appreciated, but what others will always remember are the little ways he was able to touch their lives. You can get the right attitude at work by following some of the ideas from Edward J. Hegarty’s Talk Your Way To The Top. 1) See you career positively. You are a positive contributor to a better world through your profession, or you’re an overworked corporate non-entity, it depends on you. “Attitude is more important than the past, than education, than money, that what other people think or say or do,” says Charles Swindoll. 2) Relate with other people. It’s not your position, but how you deal with colleagues, that defines you, to paraphrase Christian Bale in Batman Begins. “The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy,” says Meryl Streep. 3) Do not glorify yourself. You’re a manager, fine, but you’re still an employee, so Huwag kang mag-maganda, as we say in the vernacular. “Half of the harm done in the world is due to the people who want to feel important,” says TS Eliot. 4) Do not downgrade people. If you label others as “dummy” or “moron,” then you really don’t want to know what they think of you. “It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honored by the humiliation of their fellows,” says Mahatma Gandhi. 5) Do not downgrade people’s jobs. The guy down the hall is “just a janitor”? Actually, for him – unlike you – the only way to go is up. “Talent is always conscious of its own abundance and does not object to sharing,” says Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. 6) Do not judge by status. When you refer to the “have-nots,” does that include you – who pay rent because you can’t afford your own house? Batman photo courtesy of


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