Working with a corporate psychopath must be one of the most difficult challenges for any leader or team member to experience in their career. Trying to manage this kind of personality with kindness is not however, impossible. Chief Advisor to World Kindness USA Michael Lloyd-White shares how it’s done…
As we wrap up the month of World Kindness in November, World Kindness USA Advisor Michael Lloyd-White says there persists a dominant, global narrative in the media which inspires many to follow and unwittingly perpetuate it; sadly it is not a campaign of kindness, but a campaign of fear and hatred. Nonetheless, Lloyd-White has a plan, and it begins with asking our ourselves, and demanding it of our leaders, to be the best we can be.
Most colleagues understand that sometimes, a project falls off the road, and in some cases, becomes an irretrievable car wreck. Knowing whether a project is dead on arrival or, possibly salvageable is a call based on experience; but the delicate art of breaking bad news to management requires tactical pragmatism.
Climbing the corporate ladder involves not just talent – it’s a constant negotiation between competing wills. By accepting that all human engagement, whether it be in a professional or personal setting, is based on a social contract that is never static, one can truly understand the state of play and position yourself to the best advantage.