I think a lot of times people work too hard to have one persona in the professional world, and another one in regular life. This isn't really necessary. If you learn to add a more human touch to your work, then you become more one-of-a-kind.
True human capabilities will not find expression in competition. When you are trying to race with somebody, you are only thinking of going one step ahead of him. You are not thinking of what your ultimate potential is. True human capabilities will find expression only in absolute relaxation.
Are you wondering what exactly I mean by pranks? Sure, I tell my fair share of jokes, but I also like to remind all of Team Alex that we deal with a heavy topic here, so to keep ourselves on the right track, we have fun too.
When people come together in groups, there's usually at least one member who slacks off. Whether you call it shirking or social loafing, it's a major source of misery, and it prevents teams from achieving their potential.
When we're being undermined by one person, we recognize the importance of seeking support from someone else. But it may be even more critical to invest in those supportive relationships when dealing with someone who's guilty of both undermining and supporting us.
It started innocently enough. A few flirty instant messages, followed by the occasional lunch hour spent browsing a nearby record store together. Before we knew it, we were making plans after work to go see a show by a band we both liked. And that night, my coworker kissed me.
At the beginning of a new round of work -- and, for that matter, at any other time that it becomes clear that the group can't do everything -- proactive prioritization of group objectives is absolutely necessary.
Is the gal or guy who perennially mopes in the cubicle nearby someone who might actually be an asset? At work, it's entirely possible that person who's depressed can indeed bring balance and a sense of realism to the proceedings.