Dealing with Difficult Behaviour
Dealing with “difficult people” in the workplace is unavoidable. However, it begins with recognising there are no difficult people – there are only “people”, and sometimes people exhibit difficult behaviours. While you cannot change other people, this course will empower you to deal with difficult behaviours by recognising and understanding the intents behind them and responding assertively.
- Recognise difficult behaviours and the intents that drive them
- Select the best strategies to deal with different types of behaviours
- Take action by using assertive communication techniques to deal with difficult behaviours
- Use behavioural-based language to make your point clearly
- Understand and manage the emotional processes that both you and the person exhibiting the difficult behaviour may experience
Anyone who encounters strong personalities or challenging behaviours in the workplace when dealing with difficult co-workers, customers, suppliers, managers or staff.
Use the lens of understanding to identify the difficult behaviour you are dealing with and what to do about it
Use this tool to help you decide if you are dealing with genuinely difficult behaviour or misperception
People displaying difficult behaviours are not usually being assertive; they show aggressive, passive, or passive-aggressive tendencies that you must deal with using a different approach and skill set
Understand the different functions of our brains and how they process emotions, thoughts and information
Assertive communication is a set of learned skills. When people communicate or behave assertively, they are working towards an outcome or solution that satisfies both or all parties
Too often, when we need to talk to someone about their difficult behaviours, we skirt around the real issues. Using language that describes specific behaviours makes it easier for you to get to the point and others to understand what you want them to change
When people display difficult behaviours and you don’t deal with them assertively, it will continue and may even get progressively worse. Learn some practical techniques and sentence starters to help you take action