To be an effective individual is one thing. To deal with difficult people is another one. After working as a consultant on my own I got accustomed to my work flow and my attitude. When I later decided to go back and work for a large corporation I was exposed to people who spent their day abusing the system, getting angry and playing the blaming game.
When you are effective yourself you get sensitive to complainers, or generally toxic individuals. You do your best to avoid them, but sometimes it isn’t easy.
Another situation rose up yesterday where there had been an argument between my boss and another lead. Obviously, we can’t always have peace when were working on a big project with deadlines and a lot of money involved, but why not? I’ve worked on projects in the past where we had a good chemistry going and there was nothing ugly in sight that would shake us. So it is possible to work with individuals who can put their differences aside and simply become models and solution-finders.
I’ve been spending time in an environment that has been putting me down. There is guilt being felt because I see an image of myself that pulls through and pro-actively makes the difference, but deep down my other side is telling me to pull the plug and move on, to put my energy elsewhere.
So the only question that is left is : “What can I do?”, what is it, that I can do to make the most out of this kind of situation?