Advantageous Anger refers to a manager's responsibility in building relationships with employees while still communicating effectively. This website offers information regarding anger use to get any manager ahead of the game. So what's all this talk about bulldogs and poodles?
More Than Bulldogs and Poodles
Shar-pei, beagle, terrier, husky...dog owners consider hundreds of breeds before purchasing their next pet. Deciding on a shar-pei, however, is not enough. The owner must now select a variation of the breed, decent, color, gender, and so on. Recognizing the amount of specific differences within the already hundreds of different breeds, a dog owner can truly shape his image through his canine alone.
So what if only two types of dogs existed: bulldogs and poodles? Our language would change for sure. We would no longer ask what kind of dog a dog owner raises. Instead, we would ask whether he had a poodle or a bulldog. And how would deciding between these two breeds shape the image of the owner?
Limiting our choices of dogs between a bulldog or a poodle seems unfair and ridiculous. However, we practice limiting our choices in several areas to only two ultimatums, even if dozens of other choices exist.
Managers within the workplace, for example, may be asked to choose between firing or demoting someone, as if offering a leave of absence, career reform, or development workshops are out of the question. Perhaps an instance of sexual harrassment arises and a manager automatically assumes touching or language was involved, completely ignoring the possibility of gestures, witnessing Public Displays of Affection, or any other form of sexual harrassment. A common problem among managers may also include anger.
Anger often carries a negative stigma. The accepted practice is to suppress anger, and punishment often follows expressing anger. We leave out other forms of anger that could be affective in managing employees, as if we must choose between being angry or not being angry--raising a poodle or a bulldog.
An analysis of anger utilization concludes that there are affective uses, positive outcomes, and miscommunication correctives to help managers make effective use of anger in the workplace.
Navigating this Website
- Select the main section from the tabs provided at the top of all pages. These include Old Breeds, New Breeds, and Resources.
- Use the sidebar, located to the left of all the pages. This sidebar will include all of the important information within each main section.
- Use the sitemap to find information quickly. This is an outline form of the entire website.
- Refer to my contact information for any further questions.