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How Do I Deal With Diva Co-workers?

My co-worker has a complete “diva” personality and always grabs the spotlight. What can I do to keep my patience and still do my job?

We all have egos.  They give us self-confidence to succeed, but exaggerations in ego can be extremely damaging to any workplace environment. Here are some ways to cope:

  • Demonstrate Respect.  Respect the fact that a variety of personalities and viewpoints make an organization versatile, and interesting.
  • Understand Their Perspective.  Talk with the individual on a personal level to grasp background, values and motivations.  Puzzle pieces may come together quickly.
  • Nip it in the Bud.  Don’t wait around for the situation to change.  Look for guidance from managers or leadership coaches to learn how to better manage personality conflicts.


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