The Jordan Harbinger Show

706: Tessa West | How to Deal with Jerks at Work

Tessa West (@tessawestnyu) is a social psychology professor at New York University and the author of Jerks at Work: Toxic Coworkers and What to Do About Them.

What We Discuss with Tessa West:

  • The seven types of jerks at work: the kiss up/kick down, the credit stealer, the bulldozer, the free rider, the micromanager, the neglectful boss, and the gaslighter.
  • Why prioritizing conflict management as a skill is crucial for identifying and coexisting with jerks at work.
  • How to stop the jerks at work from taking credit for all of your good ideas.
  • Have mercy: jerks at work aren't necessarily villains -- their poor patterns hurt them just as much as they hurt everyone else.
  • What we can do to ensure that we're not the jerks at work.
  • And much more...

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