The Thorn You Need
Is there someone in your workplace who you feel is exactly your opposite? Perhaps, a bit of a thorn in your side. You don’t understand her thought process or agree with how he operates. He’s annoying. She’s difficult to deal with.
Well, news flash: this person may be just the thorn in your side you need. Instead of moving away, move closer. Get to know the person.
Ask questions to better understand her thinking or his approach. Don’t shut down; open up and grow. For example, if he is good at stirring things up, while your tendency is to calm them down, you have something to learn about the catalyzing value inherent in tension. He can help you.
So, stop judging the person you see as your opposite. Instead, consider the ways she may be just the teacher you need – a teacher who brings the gift of expanding the your range and competency.