Old Breeds of Anger
Bulldogs and Poodles
How do employees view their manager? Many times, managers try to avoid being disliked in favor of being liked. Managers may even believe that their employees only see their manager as nice or mean, angry or calm, approachable or feared. Often times most employees do not describe their managers with simple language. By limiting our view of all other possible “breeds” of managers, we only associate ourselves with either bulldogs or poodles. Our language includes several miscommunication patterns, alternate terminology, and actor/perceiver relationships that leads to describing ourselves with more than just two breeds of manager. Raising awareness of general semantics in associating our anger management assists in a more accurate and harmonious workplace.
Deviating from a healthy display of anger, however, contributes to the preconceived idea that anger is an emotion to avoid. Workplace management always warns of deviant anger and its harmful effects. A manager must always be aware of his inner bulldog and chain it before legal problems arise. The "Beware of Dog" sign not only warns others of the dangers of anger use, but also its manager.
Chaining, caging, or fencing our anger is not an ideal solution, though. In fact, suppressing our anger is equally as detrimental as deviant anger. Like a poodle with a nasty bite, managers can never be sure what may come out of their suppressed anger.
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