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7 Office Offenders (And How To Regulate)

Nealeigh Mitchell l Excelle

March 15, 2010

The Veteran

He invented the wheel

The Culprit: It’s business as usual for this warhorse. He’s been at the company since its inception and isn’t going to be bullied by Generation Y. He signs off his emails with “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and quotes Lincoln in every argument. He’d rather recycle proven ideas that work instead of going out on an innovative limb. Granted, creativity is not his strong suit, but his dependable work ethic is nothing to be sniffed at. He makes no waves and provides stability among the rank and file. His sage advice is usually on the mark and he knows the business like the back of his hand. He’s trusted within the company so it’s hard to make progress without his approval.

The Cure: He’s an invaluable asset and you’re hesitant to persecute, but you need him to be flexible and fresh. Allow him to toot his horn but don’t let it be a solo. Team him up with someone more experimental and see if he sinks or swims. Make him the lead of a creative project he’d normally let alone. Ask him to write a report about the hottest new trends. Get him out of his comfort zone and into 2010.

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