7 Signs a Colleague Is a Jerk
In today's hectic business world, you must decide quickly whether you want to hire, sell to, or buy from somebody. Unless you enjoy being miserable, it's useful to spot the jerks quickly, before you commit. Here are the seven "red flag" behaviors:
Only a jerk--and an insecure jerk, at that--would attempt to make himself (or herself) look better by disparaging others.
Anybody who throws something on the ground and expects somebody else to bend down and pick it up is automatically a jerk.
Curtness to underlings and anyone else who "doesn't matter" is always a sign of deep-seated jerkitude.
In the U.S., waiters and waitresses make $2.13 an hour. Any customer who doesn't tip at least 15 percent (regardless of service) lacks either a heart or a brain. Either way... jerk!
Jerks think showy watches, fancy cars, and expensive office furniture set them above the hoi-polloi. In fact, pricey accoutrements simply scream "jerk!"
The occasional expletive is forgivable but repeated use of the F-bomb reveals anger at the world and fundamental disrespect to everyone listening.
7. Aggressive driving
People who risk other people's lives simply to shave a few seconds off their own schedule are inconsiderate jerks. And dangerous ones, at that.
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Geoffrey James, a contributing editor for Inc.com, is an author, speaker, and award-winning blogger. Originally a system architect, brand manager, and industry analyst inside two Fortune 100 companies, he's interviewed more than a thousand successful executives, managers, entrepreneurs, and gurus to discover how business really works. His most recent book is Business Without the Bullsh*t: 49 Secrets and Shortcuts You Need to Know. If you enjoyed this post, sign up for the free weekly Sales Source newsletter.