So she took some time to work on herself and says that several months later she feels so much better. Yet, it seems her boss has a different perception. She has been open with him about the journey she has been on. Yet the other day, when he raised an issue with her and she responded “Don’t worry” followed by some steps to remedy the issue, he commented she didn’t seem to care anymore! It seems he has completely reacted to the first part of her response and the manner in which it was delivered i.e. Calmly.
Of course, this is irrational and unfair. Should she go back to showing stress to communicate she is bothered? She doesn’t want to and my view is she needs to carry on in her new way, focusing on reassuring him of the steps she is taking to resolve issues when they come up. Eventually, once he can see this translating to solutions to issues, his perception will alter but it will take time. This is a classic case of people being perturbed by a change; it is now about consistency in her new way of being that needs to be the focus. After all, would you rather have a stress head in your team or someone who is calm and reflective, if the result is the same?
What you can do now:
- Consider how you might be being perceived. What affects this? What behaviours are you demonstrating at work?
- Consider how you want to be perceived.
- Think about how you check the gap and work on it.
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