Proactive paranoia and not taking it personally

I’m currently reading the following book:


This is a very real look at how administrators need to have a “proactive paranoia” in order to deal with people that may seek to tear them down. I have to say I’ve developed a certain level of paranoia just reading the first four chapters, which detail ten adversarial tactics used by people and give real examples of bad things that have happened to administrators. 

I’ve worked in an extremely toxic environment before, and my main mistake is taking it personally and then trying to convince and reason my way back into harmony. What I need to remember is this quote from the book:

“Understanding that their behavior is about them-and not about you-will help determine what is in your control and what is out of your control.”

More goodness as I work my way through the book. 

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