Episode 66
Guest: Ivana Pazek

Toxic Work Environment

Jul 27 / Petra Färm
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Positive Leadership how to best deal with a toxic work environment
As with all things related to us as human beings’ toxic environments are nothing new. If you ever read Marcus Aurelius, a roman emperor who wrote philosophical reflections on what it means to be human some 2000 years ago, you’ll find this:

When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: The people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous, and surly. They are like this because they can’t tell good from evil. But I have seen the beauty of good, and the ugliness of evil, and have recognized that the wrongdoer has a nature related to my own — not of the same blood or birth, but of the same mind, and possessing a share of the divine. And so none of them can hurt me. No one can implicate me in ugliness. Nor can I feel angry at my relative, or hate him. We were born to work together like feet, hands, and eyes, like the two rows of teeth, upper and lower. To obstruct each other is unnatural. To feel anger at someone, to turn your back on him: these are obstructions.

As my grandmother always says the only person you can change is yourself. Or as Marcus wrote:

"Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one."
What kind of gloves do you wear when dealing with a toxic environment?