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You’re quiet and don’t speak up to avoid being attacked. This person might even be a subordinate – somebody who works for you (believe me, this happens more than you might think.) You probably sense a lack of ‘parity’– that you don’t have the right to engage with this person at the same level.
Consider what prejudices you bring to the table as much as what this person might bring.
Here is a list of considerations: Is it because of this person’s reputation?
Take a look at the relationship you have with this person and how you interact.
Think about your default response, as much as theirs.
You might feel useless when you work with this person.The next time you’re tempted to send that email to the person who works around the corner from you, get up and go talk to them. There’s plenty of comprehensive help out there, written by experts who have more experience and wisdom than I do.Examples include: - Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships - How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships - Executive Charisma: Six Steps to Mastering the Art of Leadership When it comes to personalities, we all have our natural preferences. I’m that guy at the social function counting down the minutes, looking for a side door to quietly slip out un-noticed.It’s such a natural thing, and what works for them doesn’t always work for someone that’s the complete opposite.