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CAUTION: Hazardous People Ahead, Handle With Care

Mike McDonald on Aug 13, 2015 12:22:03 PM

Dealing-with-toxic-peopleAs if a power plant of negativity just had a meltdown, toxic people are all around us. Come in contact with this green sludge of humanity without proper protection and you will find yourself emotionally deformed and mentally injured. The toxic people in your life likely aren't changing. You can try and try to reason with these individuals, level with them, and shed light on the greater good, but the fact is that people who don't get it don't get that they don't get it. If you take these hazardous individuals head on you'll be left drained, massaging your temples from a throbbing headache, and nowhere closer to a solution.

As Lifehack explains in 13 Ways Successful People Deal With Toxic Persons, you need to opt for a more nuanced and sidestepping approach if you want to be effective. You have to swallow your pride and travel the high road because they never will. And someone needs to if anything constructive is going to be accomplished. Now, if that order of humility is nearly too much to bear, then do it for yourself. Do it for the self-interest of creating the not only livable, but hopefully rewarding environment that you deserve. So let's strap on our mental hazmat suits and contain these contaminations on society today.

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Mike McDonald

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Mike is the Executive Vice President of Business Development for Prime Advantage, a Chicago based Group Purchasing Organization for mid-market manufacturers. Responsibilities include managing business development, marketing, and the GPO's Healthcare Cost Containment program. He’s been a featured speaker, published author, and recognized award winner within the supply chain community.

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