Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

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Q: Help! My new manager (a male in his mid-fifties) flirts outrageously with me (I'm female in my early thirties). I've tried humour, stern words and the silent treatment, to little avail. I love my job, but at the same time I'm not sure how much more of this I can tolerate, and how much longer I can continue working for this brilliant professional but sexist dinosaur.

A: You seem to have tried everything except judo. As I'm sure you know, judo is adapted from jujitsu and embodies the principle of non-resistance. Indeed, an opponent's oncoming force, far from being resisted, is augmented so that he flies ungracefully over your shoulder.

The chances are that your deeply tiresome manager gets his kicks from your defensive responses. So next time he starts to flirt out- rageously (do make sure there's an audience, but then I bet there always is), fling your arms round his neck and cry: 'Oh Nigel, how did you guess that I find you so utterly, utterly irresistible? …

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