When a  Colleague's Mistakes Affect you
Introduction <ul><li>In an attempt to function in this increasingly complex world, organizations are becoming increasingly...
Important <ul><li>They are built on collaborative partnerships which means more and more of your work depends on the work ...
Important Question <ul><li>So what do you do when a colleague is not doing her part and it's affecting your work?  </li></ul>
What the Experts say <ul><li>The type of mistakes you might be affected by vary greatly: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A colleague...
Diagnose the Issue <ul><li>The first step is to understand what's really going on.  </li></ul><ul><li>Try to determine if ...
Approach Your Colleague Directly <ul><li>The best approach is to go to the source - speak with your colleague directly.  <...
Offer Help and  Support <ul><li>If a short-term issue is causing the mistakes, such as a difficult time at home or an illn...
Protect Yourself <ul><li>It's possible that you'll discover your colleague is intentionally making mistakes to undermine y...
When the Issue Continues… <ul><li>Despite all your efforts and care in handling the situation, it is possible that the mis...
Principles to Remember <ul><li>Keep in mind that relationships matter. </li></ul><ul><li>Be direct and honest. </li></ul><...
Principles to Remember <ul><li>Don't badmouth. </li></ul><ul><li>Don't assume your colleague is aware of the mistakes. </l...
Lico Reis Consultoria  & Línguas P rof. Roberto Lico Reis www.licoreis.com [email_address] E-books: www.migre.me/oQ5 Linke...
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When Your Colleague´s Mistake Affects You - Task 3837

  1. 1. When a Colleague's Mistakes Affect you
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>In an attempt to function in this increasingly complex world, organizations are becoming increasingly complex themselves. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Important <ul><li>They are built on collaborative partnerships which means more and more of your work depends on the work of someone else. </li></ul><ul><li>When a colleague is making mistakes, this interconnectedness can feel like a major pitfall. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Important Question <ul><li>So what do you do when a colleague is not doing her part and it's affecting your work? </li></ul>
  5. 5. What the Experts say <ul><li>The type of mistakes you might be affected by vary greatly: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A colleague may miss deadlines, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>not produce the work required, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>make errors in calculations or even provide you with misinformation. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Diagnose the Issue <ul><li>The first step is to understand what's really going on. </li></ul><ul><li>Try to determine if the problem is short-term (private issue at home, workload, health problem) or long-term (lack of skill, poor cultural fit with the organization). </li></ul>
  7. 7. Approach Your Colleague Directly <ul><li>The best approach is to go to the source - speak with your colleague directly. </li></ul><ul><li>This conversation should take place in an informal and private setting. </li></ul><ul><li>Don't accuse or blame your colleague. Use concrete examples to explain what you are seeing and its impact on you. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Offer Help and Support <ul><li>If a short-term issue is causing the mistakes, such as a difficult time at home or an illness in the family, you should offer to help. </li></ul><ul><li>If you find that the source of the mistakes is a longer term issue, such as a lack of skill, you can offer to help brainstorm solutions. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Protect Yourself <ul><li>It's possible that you'll discover your colleague is intentionally making mistakes to undermine you or take credit for your work. </li></ul><ul><li>You can try to confront the person directly, hoping that may make him or her back down. </li></ul>
  10. 10. When the Issue Continues… <ul><li>Despite all your efforts and care in handling the situation, it is possible that the mistakes will continue. </li></ul><ul><li>This isn't only an inconvenience, it could hinder your career. The experts suggest you take a few approaches to preserving your reputation. </li></ul><ul><li>If possible, avoid working with that person in the future. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Principles to Remember <ul><li>Keep in mind that relationships matter. </li></ul><ul><li>Be direct and honest. </li></ul><ul><li>Offer help if the colleague is struggling with a short-term issue. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Principles to Remember <ul><li>Don't badmouth. </li></ul><ul><li>Don't assume your colleague is aware of the mistakes. </li></ul><ul><li>Don't go to your colleague's manager without first talking to your colleague and your manager </li></ul>
  13. 13. Lico Reis Consultoria & Línguas P rof. Roberto Lico Reis www.licoreis.com [email_address] E-books: www.migre.me/oQ5 Linkedin: www.migre.me/1d9r Twitter: @licoreis
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