Magazine article Management Today

Your Route to the Top Control Your Temper

Magazine article Management Today

Your Route to the Top Control Your Temper

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Find the source. If your boss makes you angry when she demands unexpected use of your time, arrange a few minutes to discuss what she expects from you. You'll like her much more when you're working on your own terms.

Put it into perspective. Make an effort to stop seeing difficulties as an annoyance; what looks like a problem may just be a natural part of your job. All jobs have difficult aspects and clients or colleagues who are hard to deal with.

Don't let the bully win. If they are deliberately winding you up, the only way to stop it is to react differently. Smile, imagine you're Gandhi and practise your non-violent resistance. They'll soon switch to easier prey.

Take a break. Do something different. If you know your temper gets out of control in the afternoon meeting, arrange a session at the gym or relaxing massage at lunchtime. Come back refreshed and ready to take on the world.

Make a change. Break the problem down and identify one thing that you can do to make a difference. …

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