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What is the key to working with people?

In most career fields it is important to work with others. Even if they will not be desirable people. #working #assistance #groups

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Jared’s Answer, CareerVillage.org Team

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I worked as a consultant for a long time, and in consulting you have to work on a variety of projects with a variety of people. While I got along with the vast majority of people I worked with, there were certainly some points of friction along the way. That said, what I do know is that being able to work effectively with people that you may not normally get along with is an incredibly valuable skill. This is a topic that may take you years to master, but there are some things that you can practice now.


I'll share three short suggestions: be open, be patient, and be caring. Being open is mostly about listening better. We have a tendency to want to get our way too often, and as a result we stop listening to the other person, which creates misunderstanding and conflict. Practice active listening (asking probing questions, thinking about what people say in response) to understand others better, and avoid conflict. Be patient - This one is about dealing with people who are frustrated or tense. Patience doesn't mean that you wait for things to get done late. It means that you are always the last one to give in to heated emotion, or never at all. Being caring is the long-run strategy. If you care for the people you work with, you'll take action to improve their lives. This will help you to develop a reputation and values that will serve you for decades in your professional career.


I have had to work hard to develop these three skills, ever since high school. I still have a long way to go, but I'm pretty confident now that I can get along wel with the vast majority of professionals that I might have to work with in the future.

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Dee’s Answer

Listening. Patience. Don't take things personally.

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Devanshi’s Answer


  1. Listen to the person and understand their perspective (where they are coming from).

  2. Be patient (it can be a challenge at times however, it can help in building solid relationships)

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Jimmy’s Answer

Usually, when you're working with someone, you're both working towards a common goal. However, their priorities may not be inline with yours. I find it easier to work with people once you understand their perspective and have open communication so that all concerns are laid out with the rationales behind them.

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Oliver’s Answer

Hi Jamal,


Always always start with a shared understanding. That is, start with a point where you all agree. Then, build the relationship. No matter how disagreeable the person is, there must be something you both agree on.


Good luck!
Oliver

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Kyiana L.’s Answer

Sadly, I have only one answer: Just work with them! That is the way I deal with the students at my school.


Have a good day!
Toodles! :)

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Xiao’s Answer

The rule I follow when challenging situation with another co-worker appears is to always look through their eyes.


If you listen and understand others' situations, it's easier to adjust and work towards a common goal.

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Ana’s Answer

Jamal, Nice to meet you via CarrerVillage.
In my experience, the best way to work with people is to be curious about them. Think as if you were in their shoes... what would you do ?
No one knows what people are going through on their to day to day, and if you care to find out what rocks their boat - (meaning: what is important to them), then it will open many doors to a better communication with people and to ultimately have respectful relationships, and everyone values the ability to trust someone. The rest will follow...
Please let me know if you have additional questions to my response.

Thanks! Gracias!
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Sikawayi’s Answer

Hello Jamal, thank you for your question. There are some things you can do to get along better with your co-workers for example when you are all together be engaged always have input in the conversation. Show yourself friendly, for example if a co-work has had a death in his/her family when make the suggestion to collect money so the office can send flowers. All this is, is a way to go out of your way to be nice to people. Best 0f luck
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Aaron’s Answer

Hi Jamal,

The key to working with people is to have an open mind by working together with everyone by not being afraid and not liking people. In life you will be working with people who you don’t like but you have to always find a way to make it work by focusing at the task at hand and put your conflicts with the other person out of the task. This will be a good learning experience and will make you a stronger person by learning how to handle a situation like this when it comes up again you know how to handle it better. In life you will have both good and bad experiences but you have to always take everything as a learning experience and just keep moving forward. Hope this helps.

-Thank you,
Aaron
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Ian (Carl)’s Answer

-Be empathetic & Understanding!
-Understand other people's strengths, weaknesses, and personalities
-Communication is key. Figure out how they are best receptive.
-Try to connect on a personal level. This can lead to less awkward conversations and improve morale.
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Guillermo’s Answer

Demonstrating before deserving, recalling all that the minimum success unit is the whole.
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Erin’s Answer

I've found the key to working with others is to listen to them. Everyone comes into a conversation with their own biases and perspectives, and listening to the other person will not only allow you to understand what they need but also where they are coming from - those biases and perspectives. We live in a busy world, and we're often inundated with distractions through technology, family, priorities and other things, and taking the time to listen to someone will show you care and understand what they need.
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