The Worrywart is a close cousin of the Micromanager. The Worrywart will worry about everything, whether it’s font on a memo or the meat choice for a luncheon. Don’t them get you into a lather – remember that every decision doesn’t need to be a production.[Related: How to Deal With a Micromanager] The Fanatic Whether they are fanatically narrow-minded in their beliefs about religion, politics, or that the Eagles are the best rock band ever to have lived, avoid conversations with this person on sensitive issues that you know will just erupt into arguments. You’re most likely not going to change the Fanatic’s mind, and it’s probably not worth your time and mental energy to try.[Related: 7 Types of Companies You Should Never Work For]The Over-sharer The over-sharer has no conception of the distinction between public and private life. They will take great pleasure in sharing all of the grody details of their weekend encounters. Don’t get pulled in by their lurid gossip and over-the-line stories. If they truly feel like they need to share these things with you, suggest meeting at a bar after work. Every workplace or office has an eclectic mix of personalities. While it’s extremely valuable to have a diverse array of coworkers. But there are also times when working with certain people becomes downright difficult. Here are some personalities to watch out for, and how to deal with them.The Ego-maniacEverything is always somehow related to the Ego-maniac. No matter how irrelevant the topic may be, the Ego-maniac will always find a way to bring it back to themselves and their achievements. Recognize that this behavior is coming from a place of insecurity, and try to empathize with their quest for recognition. This can make it easier to deal with their braggery.The Rambler Avoid conversations with the Rambler except when absolutely necessary. The Rambler will take a piece of information that could be conveyed in one sentence and transform it into an incoherent soliloquy. Be very direct with the Rambler, and try to stick to yes or no questions.[Related: 7 Annoying Coworkers To Avoid]The Mess Somehow, everything bad always just seems to happen to this person. Evicted from her apartment? Lost his keys? In the middle of a seemingly self-imposed psychodrama? Don’t let the Mess drag you into their personal drama – if they really need your help or advice, offer to talk with them after hours.The Micromanager No detail is too small for the micromanager to assert their control over. Your sign off on that email you cc’ed her on? The color of the new office napkins you purchased? Nothing escapes the micromanager’s gaze. Craft a multi-pronged strategy to manage the micromanager in your life.The GluttonKeep your personal supply of granola bars and chips away from the Glutton. He will try to steal a bite of what you are eating at all costs. Don’t fall victim to his devices— direct him towards the office fridge or invite him to buy his own snack foods, and scrupulously avoid mentioning you have a hidden stash of chocolate in his presence.[Related: What to Do When Your Coworkers Find You Intimidating]The ComplainerNothing is ever good enough for the complainer. Hearing constant complaining can be grating and harmful to morale and productivity. Try asking them leading questions that can help them see positive aspects of a situation, asking them to keep complaining to a minimum, or crafting other strategies to shield yourself from their barrage of complaints.The Worrywart The Naysayer The Naysayer will meet any idea you present with cynicism and doubt. Keep confidence in yourself and your ideas by knowing how the Naysayer operates, and thus taking “no” they give with a grain of salt.
My daughter’s brownie troop gave a Build-a-Bear to a major in Afghanistan, and he has chronicled the bear’s life. There are variations on this — Flat Stanley being a popular one — but the consistent, sound idea here is that people like to be able to picture themselves, or something personal of theirs, in places far away. It makes the world a little smaller, and their life experience a bit larger.What is your nonprofit doing to take people into the world where you work? What personal ties are you helping them establish to the people you help? Are you blogging photos and stories from foreign countries, showing where their dollars went? Can you come up with a Flat Stanley donors can send and see in action, amid your work? Transport people with pictures or stories (thanks Beth) so they get the pleasure of seeing their mark in the world. It’s what we all want before we die – to know we made a difference and that someone, somewhere will remember.
Go back to the enewsletterScenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has just confirmed the first sailing date for Scenic Eclipse has been pushed back until 15 August 2019. Cumulatively, the delays have put the ship nearly 12 months behind its original launch date of 31 August 2018.“We are deeply sorry for the inconvenience these delays to the launch of Scenic Eclipse have caused our guests. As a company we have done everything possible to complete the ship within the time limits that were set previously, but a series of events that are outside our control have put us in a position where we must delay,” stated a company spokesperson.Ongoing financial challenges faced by Uljanik Shipyard, where Scenic Eclipse is being built, have caused a range of ongoing impacts, the Australian company said.“Shipyard workers have not been paid full salaries since August 2018, which has led to strikes and manpower shortages as well as several other shipyard disruptions, resulting in months of lost production. To keep the build moving as quickly as possible in these challenging circumstances Scenic has expanded the team within the shipyard by employing Cruise Ship specialists from Finland, Italy, the UK and Norway.“The expanded Scenic team took over the lead role in completing the ship, with in excess of 115 directly employed specialists in cooperation with the shipyard’s remaining management team and more than 500 subcontractors,” Scenic added.There is, however, a silver lining. Scenic has said a “very positive development” for the Scenic Eclipse build – and the Uljanik Group – was a partnership between the Croatian DIV Group and Italian shipyard Fincantieri. This consortium was confirmed as the new owner of Uljanik on 7 February 2019.Scenic said it is now “confident that these new owners will bring stability and focus to current and future ship builds.”Accordingly, the Scenic Group has signed a letter of intent with the new consortium that will lead the shipyard to set up a new Discovery Yacht division within the restructured Uljanik group. This new joint venture will be fully focused on completing Scenic Eclipse and on expediting the build of the second Scenic Eclipse, as well as progressing development of the next generations of Scenic’s Discovery Yachts.Guests impacted by the latest delay are being offered a full refund for the cost of their Scenic Eclipse cruise and consideration of any other reasonable associated costs incurred with their travel plans. In addition, Scenic will provide all guests who rebook a Scenic Eclipse voyage a future cruise credit to the value of 25% of the cost of their rebooked cruise.Scenic has established a dedicated phone number for guests and has begun reaching out to all guests and travel agents to provide details on the process of refunding and offering an opportunity to apply the 25% discount to other voyages.Lead image: Scenic Eclipse as of January 2019 at the Uljanik Shipyard.Go back to the enewsletter