Tuesday, September 25, 2007

It's Like Working in a Carnival Sideshow

Does anybody have any advice for handling people who have fragile egos? And by that, I mean the people who feel the need to gain attention and gather accolades to themselves, and who fume and pout at every perceived slight? And all of this, despite the fact (or perhaps, because of the fact) that they produce few actual results except to drive everyone around them completely nuts.

One of these days I'm going to snap and put them all into the wood chipper.

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Blogger Sizzle said...

that's about the only way to drive the message home to those types. you gotta lose it on them. they suck!

11:22 AM  
Blogger little miss mel said...

ack, that's a tough one.

You just got to power through it now, cause the more they piss you off, the more chances are you could explode.

we wouldn't want that to happen. think of the mess?

2:13 PM  
Blogger g-man said...

Nope. Wood-chipper that sounds about right. :)

2:17 PM  
Blogger Jennifer McKenzie said...

Can I help? And can I make a few suggestions?
No. No. Murder bad. That's right.

7:02 PM  
Blogger Have the T-Shirt said...

I have a few you can toss in the chipper too!

8:06 PM  
Blogger FATSO said...

Yes the wood-chipper.

Maybe we can find someone named Marge and have some pie with her while we feed the sensitive fuckers into the wood chipper..

*hearing the sounds of the whine of the wood chipper dipping as it chops up some overly-sensitive persons head*

11:06 PM  
Blogger SWF42 said...

"What the fuck is your problem?" has worked in the past for me.

6:28 AM  
Blogger Lefty said...

to all--I guess my instincts were right; I'll swear at them while feeding them into the wood chipper.

Anyone have a wood chipper?

7:54 AM  
Anonymous sammie said...

Yes. The world needs more mulch, less fragile egos. Go get that wood chipper, will ya??

1:42 PM  
Blogger Lefty said...

sam--I think that's what I'll tell them as I feed 'em in: the world needs more mulch.

1:51 PM  
Anonymous g-dog said...

Ignore them - they crave attention, don't give it to them.

OR pay a lot of attention to them, praise them "I am impressed, you are so good at X and I always struggle with that. I don't know what we would do without you."

OR drive them really crazy and alternative between the two options above - ideally unpredictably, also hint that they may be crazy when they try to bring up some praise you heeped upon them "Really? I don't remember saying that, that doesn't sound like something I would say. Are you sure? Hmm, any idiot can do X, I don't think I said that."

OR write them a REALLY good recommendation letter etc., to pawn them off on someone else - inside or outside of your company. Save yourself...

But - keep gas in the wood chipper just in case...

3:01 PM  
Anonymous xboxgirl said...

Ha haha heee...G-man almost said exactly what I was going to say.

12:01 AM  
Blogger 180/360 said...

That sounds like my mother-in-law. It drives me crazy. It's definitely about the attention as G-dog mentioned. That and their mental health issues.

1:11 PM  

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