From KL London
Sometimes in life you meet someone you just can't get on with and I have such a situation right now. This big blond bloke and me are chasing the same job and he has been saying nasty things about me. He even swears at me. I have tried saying nasty things back but in spite of my best efforts he keeps dragging up the truth and people might believe him. How can I stop this?
Yes, there is nothing harder to deal with than someone trying to blacken your character by saying true things about you. A neat way of dealing with this is to tell a little fib here and there. The world of politics is well known for this ploy. Perhaps you can remember how Tony Blair warded off criticism about the WMD stuff at the time of the Iraq conflict. Sure lots of people didn't believe him but if you can avoid the truth with that same little Tony Blair twinkle in your eye you could still land a new well paid job.
Don't let the blond guy bully you. If things don't get better try getting him alone in a lift and sorting him out that way.
From last week's column. KD, Liverpool wrote in concerned about the apparent lack of understanding among his staff about how to tackle the oppositions persistent habit of outperforming them.
We advised KD to enrol his staff in confidence building seminars and to keep them out the pubs and clubs. Kenny has since agreed to try the former but reckons the second part is too big an ask.