Fault Finders and Finger Pointers

https://media.blubrry.com/audiotidbitspodcast/p/garycrow.net/audio/FaultFinders.mp3The title pretty much sums it up. We all have had to deal with one of those fault finders and finger pointers. It’s frustrating sure enough. The podcasting team has a collection of examples for us, just in case they have temporarily slipped our mind.

A Little Trip Back Up The Wall

https://media.blubrry.com/audiotidbitspodcast/p/garycrow.net/audio/tff6.mp3Are you a never go back person or do you like to revisit places you’ve been before? Well, we’ve been here before but it’s a place worth another listen. Of course, if you don’t mind being driven up the wall, it’s ok to take a pass on this revisit.

Driving Everyone Up The Wall

https://media.blubrry.com/audiotidbitspodcast/p/garycrow.net/audio/DrivingEveryoneUpTheWall.mp3Have you ever wondered how frustrated people manage to be so frustrating? Well, it requires a set of skills that most people don’t have but can develop, with practice. If you aspire to be among the frustrating elite, here is a full dozen of the most useful techniques for totally frustrating people. With time and […]

The Frustration Factor: It’s Always About Me

https://media.blubrry.com/audiotidbitspodcast/p/garycrow.net/audio/ItsAlwaysAboutMe.mp3 Ray Vinham stands up to a light round of applause and delivers his campaign speech to the Westover Leadership Coalition. It is the evening he has waited for since the day he joined the civic group. From that first meeting, he had known that his being president was critical if the club were to […]

Come Play With Me?

https://media.blubrry.com/audiotidbitspodcast/p/garycrow.net/audio/ComePlayWithMe.mp3•           I am a perfectionist •           Either it is right or it is wrong •           Rules are rules These types of phrases frequently come up when you try to manage warriors. Interestingly, players who use this technique are likely to make their pronouncements when others are around and will overhear. When focusing their play on […]

Mainliners

https://media.blubrry.com/audiotidbitspodcast/p/garycrow.net/audio/tff8.mp3Have you ever been driven up the wall by a mainliner? “What’s a mainliner?” you ask. Read on. You likely are already familiar with the type and how they can cause havoc in your company.   Mainliners cannot be bothered with elementary groundwork.   These players will plunge into any project without so much as […]

Agitators

https://media.blubrry.com/audiotidbitspodcast/p/garycrow.net/audio/tff7.mp3During the fellowship hour after church, a few parishioners mingle but most take their usual places near their usual companions. A scattering of conversations can be overheard.   In a small group toward the back of the fellowship hall, things are getting a little emotional. A teacher has just said, “I think I’m going to […]

Committee Players

https://media.blubrry.com/audiotidbitspodcast/p/garycrow.net/audio/tff6.mp3The Frustration Factor Society International (FFSI) advances the art and science of driving people up the wall throughout the world. The committee on methods is meeting in Chicago a week late. They were to meet in San Francisco, but the location subcommittee neglected to reserve a hotel. Only a few of the sixty-three members are […]

Bummed-out

https://media.blubrry.com/audiotidbitspodcast/p/garycrow.net/audio/tff5.mp3Maryanne Mitchell is the office manager for the Koch, James and Hightower law firm. She is meeting with Martin Koch. It is not unusual for Martin to ask her to stop by, but still she gets up tight and nervous whenever he does.   “I am just a born pessimist,” she frets to herself, waiting […]

Warriors

https://media.blubrry.com/audiotidbitspodcast/p/garycrow.net/audio/tff3.mp3Brent Miller’s dog-and-pony show takes twelve minutes. When the lights are back up, Brent confidently asks if there are any questions.  This is his big mistake.   Ronda Simpson breaks the ice. “That was good, Brent. I at least understand your data better than I did in January.”   Brent smiles and says, “Given your […]