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Working with Others

Updated: Sep 1, 2023

Whether you have a job, are volunteering or even simply in a family, it is very likely you are working with others on a regular basis. This brings with it benefits and challenges, depending on the situation. I will give some tips based on my experience and practice.

When we work with others, we can get things done that would otherwise have been impossible even in a lifetime. It can be a rewarding experience. It can also be a stressful experience - depending on the circumstances both internal (mind) and external (conditions). Whether we like it or not, it is frequently unavoidable to work with others. Even if you own your own business as a sole trader, you need to work with customers, the government, a lawyer, an accountant and possibly other external stakeholders that may be affected by or benefit from your work.

In order to work with other people, we need to get along with them. To get along with people we need to accept them and not judge them as being right or wrong.

If you are working with someone on multiple projects or tasks, it may be useful to document your impression of what the priorities are and even negotiate timeframes. For a more complex project, it is worth giving updates on what you are working on so your expectations are aligned as much as practically possible with theirs.

Hope this helped!

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