Have you received an A+ rating?

Karen Hitchcock in Rome

Remember, you may be tagged as an a-hole when you're a tourist. But relax, you're just a temporary a-hole.

There’s an eye-catching title on the bookshelves right now called The No Asshole Rule. I haven’t read it yet, but I am reading the author’s other book, Good Boss, Bad Boss. These books, along with the rest of my  library, represent my growing interest in inter-personal relationships, particularly of the unhealthy workplace variety.

The major, and I mean major, problem with a-holes is that generally, they are not the most introspective of the bunch. In fact, an a-hole’s worldview is often clouded by the very fact that their head is up their own as-tronaut helmet, if you know what I mean.

So it’s up to the rest of us who actually put a premium on good relationships to watch out for these guys/gals. Since you’re probably a really great person, you may not recognize the signs of an A+ type of person. So here, let me help.

You might be dealing with an a-hole if:

  1. You’ve just been fired via email at 1:44AM in ALL-CAPS, bold font. Oh, and in red.
  2. You received an email that preemptively blames you for all future mishaps, since clearly you are responsible for all past mishaps.
  3. Your weekly check-in holds you accountable for all the things you haven’t done next week.
  4. You’re the fourth person to report to him/her in as many months.
  5. Your conversation partner at a networking event is constantly scanning the room for his/her “upgrade.”
  6. The first unethical thing you witnessed is at 9AM. On Monday. (stolen from @meetingboy on Twitter)
  7. Your work-week, morning smoothie includes Acai Berry, Xanax, Paxil, Red Bull and Grey Goose. (Yum!)

This is only a short-list and will be expanded upon in future posts.  But suffice it to say, there are plenty of people out there just waiting to sabotage you and your well-being. Stay strong. Fight the good fight, and for goodness’ sake, get your a-hole radar calibrated! That’s the only way to make sure you can detect and protect yourself from this bunch.

A note to a-holes. I’m a forgiving sort. There’s time to repent! We non-a-holes are generally characterized by our deep and completely naive ability to forgive.

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One Response to Have you received an A+ rating?

  1. Melissa says:

    How about: when THEY change their mind (and fail to communicate such to you) YOU get blamed for not doing what they want?
    Like:
    J: Why did you do “A”? I thought I told you to do “B”
    K:No, you told me to do “A”, I have it written down from last week’s touch-base meeting. (And you know this because you have no autonomy or decision making authority, so OF COURSE you only did what Jesus asked)
    J: Clearly you misunderstood. I wanted you to do “B”. I think we need to have a come-to-Jesus.

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