Who Am I Dealing With?
Figuring out which archetype(s) your coworker fits into.

Sometimes it’s obvious which of the eight archetypes your colleague falls into. You know right away that you’re dealing with a pessimist who can’t get out from under their own dark cloud. Or your boss makes it apparent that they are claiming credit for your work because they’re insecure and aren’t sure they have what it takes to succeed in their role.

But other times, people’s behavior is ambiguous. Maybe your coworker makes passive-aggressive jabs at you one day and then plays the victim the next. It’s possible—and quite common—for people to fall into several of these categories. Your coworker may be a mix (or dare I say, a hot mess) of multiple archetypes. ...

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