Posted by: wellness training services | September 26, 2012

Taking A Step – Assertive Skills and Your Career: Part 3

Taking A Step – Assertive Skills and Your Career

The benefit to employers

Unfortunately, our personality strengths can sometimes turn into personality blind spots. If issues are not addressed, the Dreamer withdraws into his/her lofty mental position and tends to justify confrontations as an unnecessary activity. When people do this, they tend to lose interest in projects if others can’t see eye to eye with them about how to proceed. The Realist often feels that confrontations are a waste of time because they slow them down from moving their action-items forward. They lose patience and can get bored with the process. The Catalyst, depending on how much power and influence he/she has, will strive to bring feelings to the surface and assist others in addressing them. If such people don’t think they have any power or influence, however, they shrink back into themselves, feeling helpless and demoralized. And Critics can feel threatened by the tension of opposites and may bury their heads in work to avoid confronting others. These non-assertive approaches do not help towards solving problems, building trust or creating an innovative, risk-taking environment. When problems are not addressed, employers pay the price in decreased morale, increased absenteeism due to stress-related health issues and lost productivity.

When the concern for self and others related to workplace differences is addressed in an assertive problem-solving manner, the tension of opposites can be transformed into a solid foundation of understanding. This understanding creates opportunities for personal growth, the development of emotional maturity, the maximizing of human potential, and the increasing of business productivity.

Stay awake, aware, and alert and strive to lead a well-tempered life – a life that possesses both hardiness and flexibility.  The good news is that once you are awake, it’s hard to go to sleep again, but if you do, do it on purpose and prepare yourself for the consequences.

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