You’re young, gifted, female and getting ignored at work. Here are some ways to play nice in the sandbox with a dismissive co-worker and still standout as a corporate powerhouse.
Control what you can control
Your instinct may be to call this person out of their B-S. Before you go there, you’re better off trying to control how you respond to dismissive behavior. If your ideas are getting dismissed in team meetings, reach out to a few respected people BEFORE the meeting to get their thoughts on your ideas. The goal is to get their support, but also consider their watch-outs. Then, in the meeting socialize the idea to the broader group and mention that you’ve discussed it with a few others in the room. Getting buy-in before hand, helps build relationships. Everyone likes being asked their opinion on something
Sometimes we don’t have the luxury of brainstorming ahead of time. In the moment, if a nay-sayer starts dismissing your ideas, ask them to participate in brainstorming with you. That way you give them a compelling reason to listen and engage with you. The two of you can build amazing things together.
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Adwoa Dadzie is a Director of Human Resources and Corporate Career Strategist. The views expressed in this post are Adwoa’s and do not reflect the views of her employer. Follow her on Twitter @adwoadadzie3, Instagram @adwoadadzie, Periscope @adwoadadzie3, or visit her at adwoadadzie.com.