BOSTON It's one thing to be a punching-bag for your bosses, but what about the zingers from your supposedly well-intentioned colleague or office rival? Harvard Business Review says keep cool - and remember that karma is on your side.
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"Whether it's an office rival or a well-intended colleague, someone will likely say something punitive or hurtful to you at some point in your career.
When it happens, remember:
1. Don't respond right away. Resist the temptation to snap back. There is no use in getting angry or creating a nasty paper trail. Take time to cool off and then reply cordially.
2. Determine if you're overreacting. Ask yourself whether the comment was really that bad. Sometimes a thoughtful offer to help can seem like an insult.
3. Forgive, but remember. Don't hold a grudge, but keep in mind that if you are ever asked for a reference about the person, you can give a frank answer."
- Today's management tip was adapted from "How to Deal with Critics" by Dorie Clark.
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