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Habits that will make your co-workers hate you

Studies show that having a good relationship with your co-workers can make your professional life a whole lot easier. However, if you are doing any of this, expect your co-workers to hate you.

Great article by Ilya Pozin: Founder of Ciplex. Columnist for Inc, Forbes & LinkedIn. Gadget lover, investor, mentor, husband, father, and ’30 Under 30′ entrepreneur. 

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You regularly pass off your work. Making a habit delegating your work to other team members or employees is certain to get you noticed. If there does come a time when you have to pass off your work, be sure to return the favor as soon as possible. Offer to lend a hand whenever possible to ensure you’re pulling your weight.

You chase perfection. If you’re the person who constantly refuses to see eye-to-eye with your team on whether or not a product is finished, expect disgruntled coworkers. It’s time to set a new standard for yourself: 80 percent is new 100 percent. Forget perfection and begin focusing on getting projects and tasks to the point where they’re good enough.

You command. There’s a big difference between delegating tasks and ordering others around. Even a management title shouldn’t give way to shouting orders at your employees and coworkers. Establish more pleasant and effective interactions by asking your coworkers for their input on given situations or projects. This allows them to come up with their own solution, rather than having yours forced on them.

You’re avoidant. When was the last time you attended an event hosted by your company? Avoiding company cocktail hours is certain to set you apart from the crowd–and not in a good way. A survey by Jobsite found that 70 percent of respondents said friends at work is the most crucial element to a happy working life. Being friends with your coworkers isn’t necessary, but putting effort into strengthening working relationships will make for a better work environment in the long run.

You’re just plain unprofessional. While every workplace has its own idea of what’s too casual, there are a few behaviors that should be deemed unacceptable across the board: gossiping, sharing too much personal information, and not using your manners to name a few. Not only will these unprofessional habits turn your coworkers against you, they could also cost you your job. Stay in tune with the casual nature of your work environment, but never drop your level of professionalism completely.

You’re the rain cloud. Positivity and optimism aren’t realistic every day, but consistently exuding negativity will bring your coworkers down. Put a cap on your judgemental and critical nature. Instead, focus on sandwiching your criticism by giving a compliment prior to and after a criticism.

You waste time at meetings. Meetings are the No. 1 productivity killer. If you’re the person who is constantly straying from the presentation, asking unnecessary questions, and circling back on points, you’re wasting both yours and your coworker’s time. Stick to the regularly scheduled programming and keep your information and questions brief and direct.



I agree with most of these points. They are almost “common sense” but then again common sense isn’t so common and I personally really have to practice to stop chasing perfection. Since I got back from my trip to Netherlands, my new motto has been to “do more by doing less”. Instead of getting stuck on perfecting details, I hope to find the time to do a wider variety of work. It’s been better since I decided to stop multi-tasking (counter intuitive, I know) and instead focus on getting one job at a time off my to-do list.

Have you changed your work habit recently? Are you doing anything new that works for you? Share in the comments and lets learn from each other.


“Faces of Africa”

Wodaabe Charm Dancer, Niger “A male charm dancer applies face makeup to attract the females who will judge his performance.” photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher, writing in the book Faces of Africa

I picked up the book “Faces of Africa” during my recent trip in Netherlands. Saw it in a bookstore, flipped a few pages and completely fell in love with the photos but more than that with the narrative that went with the photos.

I have been enchanted with Africa and everything African since I was probably 6 or 7 and read about the Masai tribe in a book whose name I can’t remember. And that love affair reaffirmed itself when I finally landed on the continent itself last year. The beauty of Africa took my breath away and I came back, heels dragging, hopelessly in love with the land and yes even the people.

The writers/photographers – Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher – showcased 30 years of photography in this one book. It’s a treasure trove  of three decades of observation, recording and sharing in the lives of the traditional people across this vast and varied continent. While this book spans across countries and various tribes, it also brings them together in the shared value and common experience among these tribes. In places they have even compared their experience with African values against that of their western ones and deemed the earlier to be far more superior in several cases.

Dinka Man, Sudan “A Dinka elder’s pallid body, caked in ash, and his great height earned him the name ‘ghostly giant’ from early explorers into Sudan. Wise in the ways of cattle husbandry, he is one of the oldest herders in the cattle camp and is consulted on important issues of survival during the long dry season.” photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher, writing in the book Faces of Africa

I am completely captivated by this book! The photos, the explanations, the experience recorded, I simply had to finish it cover to cover before I could lay it down again.

I sincerely urge you, if you are the type that goes “wow Africa!” and not “ewww, why Africa?” …. please go out and buy this book. They are donating a percentage of all sales proceed to helping tribes in Africa become more resilient to climate change.

Link to the book in

The other book that I would highly recommend is “African Ark: People & Ancient cultures of Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa”. Once again stunning photographs with just enough narrative 🙂

Doing business with the Netherlands

This post is to answer some of the most common questions I face from my professional network on a very regular basis:

What do you do, really?

Well, I am the Advisor for Food Security. Want more information on what we do in Food Security? check us out in the following link:

What does the Embassy do?

The embassy does a LOT of things. The main areas of activity are:
• political affairs
• economic affairs
development cooperation – this includes policy & program support on Food Security, Water Management, Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights. Gender and Governance are cross cutting themes.
• consular affairs
• press and cultural affairs.

To get information on Services offered, go here:

Want an update on the activities of the Dutch Embassy in Bangladesh?

Follow us on this link:

I want to do business with Netherlands, how do I find information?

Check out the information in the following link:

How can I get more information on Private Sector Development Instruments?

The PDF is 8.3 MB and contains information all the instruments available from different Dutch Ministries to promote business between Bangladesh & Netherlands:

How can I get more information on doing business with Netherlands?

For Funding and other support services check out

Holland vs. the Netherlands

Interesting facts about the country I work for 🙂

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