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Workshop: Work Is Other People: Collaborating with Challenging Colleagues


The slacker. The power-tripper. The cheerfully incompetent legacy employee who’s been around forever. The cranky gatekeeper of a crucial process. The friend who’s always friendliest when they need a major favor. Any of these sound familiar?

The cast of characters in your typical office can be frustrating. But they’re also key collaborators who are essential to doing your job. Forming and maintaining effective relationships with coworkers is a crucial skill, and one that’s too often neglected. Through a combination of expert advice, discussion, and role-play, this workshop will help you communicate your needs, enforce boundaries, and manage disagreements—all while keeping things collegial.

You'll learn how to:

  • Develop techniques for dealing with difficult people
  • Overcome conflicts by knowing when to push back and when to let things go
  • Maintain your composure and authority during challenging conversations
  • Advocate for yourself and advance your career



Courtney Guerra

Courtney C.W. Guerra is the author of the fulfillment-focused career guide Is This Working? Her online advice column, Dear Businesslady, began on The Toast in 2014 and is currently on The Billfold. Her writing has also been featured in Huffington Post, Fast Company, the New York Times Op-Talk, and elsewhere. She has been with the UChicago Humanities Division in various roles since 2007 and began her professional career at an HR consulting firm. An alumna of the College and the Graham School, she has a joint bachelor’s degree in English and visual arts and a Certificate in Editing

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