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The Manager's Guide to Employee Feedback by Glenn Devey

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Deflecting negative behaviors

One of my favorite stories that illustrate how to remain unaffected by other people's negativity comes from the teachings of the Buddha:

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Buddha was walking through a village when an angry young man began insulting him. "You have no right teaching others," he said. "You are as stupid as everyone else. You are nothing but a fake." Buddha was not upset by these insults, instead he asked the young man, "Tell me, if you buy a gift for someone, and that person does not take it, to whom does the gift belong?" The man was surprised to be asked such a question and answered, "It would belong to me, because I bought ...

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