A Guide for New and Junior Attorneys for How to Deal with Jerks, Screamers, and Other Difficult People in a Law Firm

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Jerks. Idiots. Tyrants. You won’t get all the way through your professional life without working for someone you don’t see eye-to-eye with, any more than you got through school without having a teacher here and there that you couldn’t stand. What do you do when you work for somebody who drives you ape-dung? That’s what we’ll be talking about in this chapter.
If there’s only one thing you take away from this chapter, it’s this: There’s only one person whose behavior you can control, and it’s you. That bit of wisdom comes from my favorite radio shrink, Dr. Joy Browne. And boy, it’s really useful in any situation where you’re dealing with someone who makes you want to scream. You can’t do a single thing about anybody else’s behavior. Whether they’re rude or boorish or in any way unreasonable, you’ve got to focus on your reaction to that behavior. That’s not to say that there aren’t some measures you can take to try and make your working relationship more harmonious, but it does focus your attentions on the area where they can do the most good.

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