Perhaps you can identify with Danica Patrick in the video above. This overplayed segment is part funny, part serious, and part encouragement for you. You could learn something here. During practice at last Sunday’s race in Ohio, Danica Patrick, arguably the league’s most popular driver, was cutoff numerous times trying to pass Milka Duno, a little known driver.
A closer look at the video in its entirety(the attached is just the dialogue with bleeps) actually shows Danica throwing up her hands in frustration during the practice session. Just two women co-workers at work – one frustrated with the other, one confronting the other, one getting a towel in the face – twice.
Question her timing, sure – Danica probably should have waited to confront her, question her but what I love is she did it. Complete with F-bombs, a "what the hell?", said towel in the face, other co-workers looking on – the bigger picture is beautiful.
I have challenged many of you to do this and while I think Danica’s act is growing tired – this is the third such incident – the point is Danica is happy to go Danica when she sees something she doesn’t like.
Some things to consider when confronting your co-worker, boss, subordinate – (the who, what, when, where, why and how are good here and some closed-end questions below)
Does it really matter? What is the company policy? I mean – seriously. Is this for the greater good or are you just annoyed today? Is this just about you or the company as a whole?
Would you be better served to just get out of your environment? Because things really are not going to change.
Is this affecting your health? family and personal life? Are they saying things about your demeanor?
Do you think you have a good shot at influencing change? Can you build a case or is this just petty crap?
Who should you go to first? If you don’t feel you have all credibility you need with this situation maybe you need others on board with you. Are they willing to help? Do they have your back here?
What should you say and how?
Do you really have the facts straight? Judgments without facts are gray area and folks that matter may not share your interpretation.
I think perhaps the biggest key to these uncomfortable conversations is your perception of it – if you go looking for a fight – you can probably get one. If you go in calm and cool, facts straight – you will be fine. In other words, I think people can be corrected with respect. You are responsible for their interpretation.
I know you people have issues and I am glad I can be your sounding board, I really am, but if you don’t want to leave your employer maybe it is time you go Danica – or something like that.