Remember the guy in sixth grade who used to do anything to get out of class and had an excuse for everything? He’s still around. He’s just getting out of projects and meetings instead of gym class.
Most people in business are not that different from those with whom we attended elementary school. We still have the same players and the same problems. . . we’re just all in business suits now.
Following are some of the same players you see around the office that used to play four-square with you on the blacktop:
There might not be any profound new information here, just a reminder that the same people you dealt with in sixth grade are sitting in cubicles and offices around you. Becoming an adult provides more complex situations, but we do not become more complex.
If you’re trying to figure out how to deal with someone, ask yourself, “Who would this person have been in my sixth grade class?” The approach makes human behavior a little easier to figure out.