Who They Are: Panhandler colleagues walk the line between performing at their job and hunting for constant recognition. They are time-stealing attention seekers desperate for continuous praise.
How to Identify Them: You'll find these gregarious1
types carrying on loudly at happy hour. They are the sycophants2
tailgating anyone who will toss them morsels3
What to Watch Out For: At first, we are pleased when we meet panhandlers, because they are willing to go out of their way to do something for us, to demonstrate their loyalty4
. But their loyalty shifts like a leaf in the wind. As soon as panhandlers find a better source of affirmation, they will kick you to the curb5
, even in the middle of an important deadline.
How to Protect Yourself: Realize that panhandlers focus on praise the way addicts6
focus on drugs. To keep them on task, refrain from giving them praise until the very end of an assignment or project. The moment you start doling7
out the compliments is the moment you'll lose their attention.