Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

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Q: I have a suspicion that a colleague is logging on to my computer and looking at my confidential correspondence with clients.

There have been a number of incidents in the past couple of weeks where it's obvious that he can only have known about certain developments if he'd read about them. Either that or he's a mind-reader. We work in a very competitive team and I just don't trust him. Should I confront him about it, or go to my manager?

A: Are you one of those people who writes their password on a Post-It note and sticks it on their computer? If not, it seems a bit odd that this colleague of yours finds it so easy to gain access to your files.

But all this remains just suspicion, and unsubstantiated suspicions are toxic creatures. They burn away inside you, never validated, yet never disproved - feeding the imagination with ever wilder speculations and colouring your judgment of just about everything.

For me, this rules out both your options. …

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