Getting Along with Colleagues and Getting Ahead at Work

As an Advocate, getting involved is second nature for you, and fighting for your cause an absolute. But sparks can fly when you interact with people whose passions and principles differ from yours. Below, three ways to help bring others around to your way of thinking.

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As hard as it may be to believe, it’s possible that those opposing you feel as strongly about their position as you do about yours. Reminding yourself that every villain is the hero of his own story will help you keep your cool when tensions mount.

Your causes and projects are your heartbeat, but they can be uninteresting or overwhelming to others — particularly if every single one is presented as a “crisis.” Referring to what is occurring as a “situation” rather than a “crisis” will make it easier for others to hear you when you say your piece.

When convincing or negotiating with others, remember Victor Hugo’s statement “Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.” While you may long to raise your voice (or the roof) to get justice, it’s an easy way to breed resentment in others — so although you got your way today, you probably won’t tomorrow. Instead, rely on facts, not emotions to make your case.