Leaving “dead bodies” is no way to lead, build relationships, or get results. Yet, all too often, it happens. Although I coach people for a variety of reasons – leaving “dead bodies” is frequently a concern. What are some techniques to use, to avoid this?
- Recognize overly aggressive behaviors and identify what triggers them.
- Own the impact of lashing out, ordering around, insulting, etc.
- Catch yourself in the moment. When you feel the adrenaline surge – at that point, make a decision … is it worth it?
- Take a deep breath, take a walk, pinch yourself. In other words, get some time, space and perspective.
- Apologize if you ended up lashing out before you caught yourself.
Ultimately, prioritizing business relationships will generate better results, and greater leadership opportunities, than leaving “dead bodies.”