INside Track: When Not To Be A Change Agent

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I was listening to a therapist on the radio the other day talk about relationships. He emphasized that one of the most important behaviors that contribute to a successful marriage is the ability of both partners to not try to change the other but rather understand each other’s psychology and respect it.

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The same dynamic applies to the relationships between in-house designers and their clients, reports, peers and managers. Attempting to change another individual, especially at work where relationships are not as bound by history, family ties or emotion as in an individual’s personal life, will invariably meet with resistance and downright hostility.

You may not like another’s philosophy, way of doing business or personality but it’s definitely in your power to understand it, respect it and work with it. Obviously, abusive or malicious behavior is unacceptable and should not be tolerated, but outside of that sphere, almost all other behaviors should be tolerated with a minimum of on site complaining. As problem solvers, designers need to add getting along with problematic co-workers as part of their design skill set.


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