We call them difficult people for a reason, and it’s because their attitudes and lack of engagement in the workplace make our work more difficult.

When you’ve got an employee or coworker who makes empty promises, won’t be held accountable, or is otherwise affecting your team, a true Pro Troublemaker knows you’ve got to help that person change or your end results will continue to suffer.

Yes, friend, I know what you’re thinking. It’s real easy to talk about changing difficult people, but it’s not easy to actually do it….right?

Well, you’re partially right. Parts of change aren’t easy. You’re going to have to step up, have a few difficult conversations (see more about that below!), and ultimately make hard calls if people aren’t open to embracing accountability. But other aspects of bringing about change are easy!

Check out the video below for the REAL PLAN you can put in place starting TODAY to deal with these difficult folks from two unique perspectives- people you work on the same level with, and people who you manage.

After you’ve checked out the video, won’t you head down to the comments section? We want to hear from you! How are you helping the difficult people around you change? How are you making sure YOU aren’t the difficult person?

You can make a real difference for someone else when you share your story. So don’t be shy about leaving a comment. Every little bit of wisdom helps! 

P.S. I reference Patrick Lencioni’s book “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team,” several times. I highly recommend it, and you can grab it here!