Who They Are: Director colleagues are obsessed1
with control. They cannot handle uncertainty2
, and they want to design the outcome of everything.
How to Identify Them: Directors are more interested in being right than in doing the right thing. They cannot tolerate anyone disagreeing with them, which means they're constantly alienating3
people. They are also the most unlikely co-workers to ever say, "Thank you."
What to Watch Out For: Heads up! Directors become loose cannons4
when they lose control. They will rant5
, insult and intimidate6
to keep and regain7
control, even if it means being disliked and feared by their colleagues.
How to Protect Yourself: With directors, don't yield until you've reasoned to a middle ground. Be clear about what plans are non-negotiable and be mindful of their verbal drive-bys -- and also always wear your psychic8