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Beware of Being Too Dominating

By Marty Nemko

Dominating makes you feel smart. Trouble is, it makes your colleagues feel dumb, which usually kills your chances of getting their cooperation. Few colleagues are secure enough to say, "How wonderful that he's so smart. Even though he makes me feel dumb, I'll work hard to help him." More likely, they'll try to prove that you're not so smart.

What can you do today?
When working with a team, even if you think you have a great solution, ask colleagues good questions and listen well--without interrupting--until they tire of giving input. Who knows? Their ideas might even enhance your brilliant plan.

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