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Broadcasting Happiness: The Science of Igniting and Sustaining Positive Change by Michelle Gielan

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STRATEGIC RETREATS

Deal with Negative People

In November 2014, I received an email from a senior vice president at a tech company who was trying to figure out how to deal with a toxic coworker. Every night she would tell her husband she wanted to quit because of this guy, and she found herself yelling at her husband because of the stress. One day during an hour-long conference call, when this guy had sniped at people throughout the course of the entire meeting, she couldn’t stand it anymore. At the end of the call, he asked if anyone had anything else that had not been covered. She blurted out in a caffeine-fueled blast, “Yes, your constant negativity at work.” After a shocked inhalation by all the people on the call from Hong Kong to Des Moines, ...

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