- They are unwilling to compromise; their way is the only way.
- They need constant praise; they have low self-esteem.
- They have few “loyal” followers; they are demanding and self-absorbed.
- They surround themselves with lesser titles or position; they have to be better than those around them.
- They undermine those that may show better than them; they are students of ruthless politics.
Don’t confront them; remain calm and after they have stated their position, make a positive rebuttal that deals with the points or issues, not the person.
Keep them engaged by using their name and making them feel the conversation is about them.
Make them feel they are more knowledgeable or experienced while you are working to get you point across. They like being “stroked.”
After they have spoken, communicate your position objectively and simply; if possible, show how your results will make them more successful or receive more recognition.
I bet you have experience with someone that possesses a “big ego”, share with the rest of us how you dealt with them?
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