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WORKING: When 'Nice' People Lose

February 2, 2012 11:00am (EST)
(Photo Courtesy of <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/timpatterson/476098132/>Tim Patterson via Flickr</a>.)
(Photo Courtesy of Tim Patterson via Flickr.)

The old saying goes that nice guys finish last, whether it’s romance, business, whatever.

It seems a bit counterintuitive, but a string of studies and surveys in the last six months or so have demonstrated that when it comes to work, being nice actually can be detrimental (this is just one of the recent studies).

Clearly this means we need to all be jerks so we can get ahead at work, right?

No, it doesn’t. But it does give us a few behaviors to think about incorporating into our work lives so we’re still perceived as being a team player, but also as someone who’s confident and capable of leadership.

Brandon Smith explains more in this week’s Working on GPB Radio.

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