Roland Dürre
Tuesday September 24th, 2013

Capable of Dealing with Difficult Situations

Here is a Little Anecdote from a Manager’s Daily Routine:

I am sitting here and reading an excellent job application. It is truly excellent. And it makes me absolutely happy.

At the bottom of the letter, I read under “personal strengths”:

Very capable of dealing with difficult situations.

That gives me pause.


Because this is not what I want. I want colleagues with courage. I want colleagues who have the energy to develop joy and carry others along with their enthusiasm. I want people who invest time and energy for the enterprise to a healthy extent. I want colleagues who can and must also at times be emotional and sensitive, and who can say “NO” where necessary. I want employees who love and like themselves. Because that is the only way they will also be able to love and like others.

But I do not want persons who are capable of “dealing with difficult situations”. They are something to bury with the management mothballs: throw them in and close the lid.
But be not afraid – I know what the applicant meant with “capable of dealing with difficult situations”.

(Translated by EG)

2 Kommentare zu “Capable of Dealing with Difficult Situations”

  1. Lars (Wednesday September 25th, 2013)

    Sehr ermutigender Beitrag.Insbesondere für mich als Berufseinsteiger ..ich halte nicht soviel von dem Begriff “humankapital”.

  2. Nico (Thursday September 26th, 2013)

    Ein wunderbarer Beitrag. Toll, dass es noch solche Ansichten gibt!

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