“4 Ways to Overcome a Bad First Impression” – Harvard Business Review

Screen Shot 2016-05-27 at 11.20.18 AMIf you’ve started out on the wrong foot with a colleague, it can be tempting to avoid the problem by staying away from them. But keeping a distance is likely to exacerbate the problem, because — since they’re not receiving any new inputs about who you are — it will only reinforce their existing perceptions. Instead, force yourself out of your comfort zone and find ways to get to know them better. Ben Michaelis, a psychologist and the author of Your Next Big Thing, says that when it comes to changing perceptions, “Don’t use words; use actions.  Once people have a point of view, the best way to shift it is through mounting behavioral evidence rather than just half-hearted niceties.”

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