Carl Courneya

Business Analyst @ MGIS Inc.

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Collegial not confrontational

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Collegial not confrontational is like honey not lemons!

What’s your approach dealing and interacting with people? Do you find people warm up to you right away or does it take a while? Do you think these first two questions may have a direct link? 

Well Sherlock, this ain’t rocket science. Once again common sense and its appropriate application have very positive results. Some things never change. 

Think back to your good experiences (if you have any) and how people interacted with you. Now think about the bad experiences. We all have them. Were people markedly different in their interactions in these instances?

I started a new job recently where the people are a variation of personality types and attitudes. That is pretty much normal, correct? The first few days I try and take in as much information as possible about the business and the different people involved with my job responsibilities. There are always collegial people who respond positively to my approach and with a little probing, let me in on the actual people dynamic and the associated work environment. Opinions from a few people usually provide some good common issue or problem information that I can use. 

This context is critical to my smooth transition into the job and not rocking anyone’s boat right out of the gate. This information provides the basis to build a solid understanding of the business, the team members and how things work in the environment in the good and bad situations. This allows me to prepare for either scenario and be ready to handle both. 

The bonus here is that you now have those collegial people as information sources and someone who can provide knowledgeable inside advice about situations that arise on the job for you. Treat these people well as they provide real value for you. 

There is so much information available to you everyday. How do you use it? Will any of this information cause you to rethink your approach or change your interactions with people?

Why don’t you try it out on someone who gives you grieve most of the time, and see if you can turn them from the dark side. It is very satisfying personally now, and could have other positive results for you down the road.


Business Analyst @ MGIS Inc.

Passionate about making a difference in peoples' lives in both business and personal environments!


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