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Four Types Of Toxic People Successful People Avoid

Alexandria Joy - Sunday, August 31, 2014
We love nothing more than working on the human side of business by helping ambitious leaders and business owners to manage their most important resource – their people. But what do you do when the people around you are energy vampires sucking the joy out of your worklife? 

How you manage your energy and environment is your responsibility, so what can you do if you want to avoid getting sucked down into a toxic sickly workplace circle? First you must be able to identify the key types of toxic people you are best to avoid. Click on the video below to find out who these four types are. 

If you’ve ever struggled to get out of bed and drag yourself to work due to the toxic environment at work then this episode of UQTV was created especially for you. 

Now it’s your turn. What kind of toxic people or environments have you encountered and how did you manage them? Share your thoughts with our community in the comments below.

Heidi Alexandra 
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Susanne King commented on 01-Sep-2014 04:42 PM
Love it Heidi!! One thing that I love about your videos is you give a perspective that it may not be an issue my end, but to look at the environment!! Really great work!! Cant wait for the next one!!
Claire Dening commented on 02-Sep-2014 09:10 AM
Great video Heidi, I couldn't agree more. I once listened to an interview with Warren Buffet and he spoke about the very same thing in a workplace and said he only employs people he likes, enjoys the company of and wants to be around, I love his quote: "...you look for 3 qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if you don’t have the first, the other two will kill you."
Rum Charles commented on 02-Sep-2014 10:22 AM
Great advice!!! And very important advice, most people who work full time spend more awake time with the people that we work with than the people we choose to share a bed with. its important to be able to counter the negativity in the workplace. One of the best ways to do this is to create a positive and constructive attitude in yourself before you go to work, to centre yourself, have purpose in your day and when met with negativity refuse to buy into it. here's a link to a short video I made on the subject.https:
Glenn Kirkwood commented on 02-Sep-2014 10:27 AM
Great video Heidi...very informative and well put together. I personally like the ways to recognise (and now move on) people that aren't good for me. Keep up the great work
KateLidbury commented on 02-Sep-2014 10:34 AM
What a great, quick snapshot of identifying & over coming toxic people! Thanks Heidi.
Heidi commented on 02-Sep-2014 07:11 PM
Thanks for stopping by and commenting Glenn - yes indeed sometimes we just have to limit or remove the people who arent good for us!
Heidi commented on 02-Sep-2014 07:17 PM
Hi beautiful Claire thanks for your comment - no wonder I surround myself with people like you!
I love the Warren Buffet point about "...you look for 3 qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if you don’t have the first, the other two will kill you." Great yardstick to keep in mind!
Heidi commented on 02-Sep-2014 07:28 PM
Hey Susan love the enthusiasm in your feedback thank you! Certainly in my view the issue may not always be at our own end, but but in our environment - however our actions and the way we deal with it always has to #startwithu! Really great work!! The next episode is all about the power of your eyes - keep an eye out LOL!
Heidi commented on 02-Sep-2014 07:35 PM
Hey Rum Charles sounds like we may be on a similar wavelength you are so right that for many people in the workforce they spend more time with work colleagues than with their loved ones. I know in my experience creating a buffer of positive people around me and finding positivity in myself before I went to work was critical to maintaining my happiness and productivity - that and choosing not to get sucked into politics! Thanks for the link to your video - I will check it out!
Liselotte commented on 02-Sep-2014 08:40 PM
I love this episode! It's so true, working with toxic people drain you, especially if you're a Highly Sensitive Person who sucks up others energy easily. Well done! Bring us more!
Sue Painter commented on 03-Sep-2014 05:07 AM
I've always loved that Jim Rohn quote and I think it is totally true. Great suggestions, Heidi!
Heidi commented on 04-Sep-2014 09:10 PM
Thanks Liselotte for your feedback - I agree we have to learn to buffer the negativity and not take on other people's stuff. It's a learning journey!.
Spot on Sue - Jim Rohn was a wise man!
Lisa Manyon commented on 05-Sep-2014 10:44 AM

Fantastic video. I've experienced my fair share of toxic people (each of the types you describe). Choosing to surround ourselves with positive, successful people is extremely important.

Write on!~

Lisa Manyon
Jessica commented on 06-Sep-2014 06:15 AM
I've met ALL of those people in the office. It was very toxic. It's so important to keep the toxic people away!!!
Heidi commented on 07-Sep-2014 07:34 PM
WOW sounds like so many of us have experienced toxic people in our lives and workplaces - Ingrid, Jessica, Lisa you have the right focus!
Mary Ellen Miller commented on 07-Sep-2014 09:01 PM
Heidi we definitely have all spent time with all four of those! I think as an entrepreneur the comfort zoners and the Debbie Downers are the hardest to be around. As you said though only we have the power to change so we have to limit our time with those non-dreamers! Thanks for the great video.
Mitch Tublin commented on 08-Sep-2014 01:06 PM
Jim Rohn says it all in his quote.
It may be a difficult choice, but, sometimes we need to distance ourselves from certain people.
Kelly commented on 09-Sep-2014 10:11 AM
Love your videos and this one in particular has such a wide application. Would you be able to do a follow up on how your buffered yourself in toxic workplaces - particularly where bullying seems acceptable. It frustrates me that many organisations, mine particularly, talk the talk, but don't walk the talk.
Thanks, Kelly
Heidi commented on 09-Sep-2014 08:34 PM
Hi Kelly thanks for your comments. I can understand why you are frustrated at companies that dont walk the talk. Our environment has such a big influence on us which is why I recommend if possible people do their research on companies and choose the ones that have a positive culture that they'd like to work in so they can target their job applications and networking with those. Of course once sometimes we find ourselves already in a toxic workplace and then it is important to buffer yourself. There are many ways you can do this - some of the techniques I have used is to join an external mastermind outside of the organisation so that I had some good people I saw regularly that helped me keep perspective. Another way was to hire team members so I surrounded myself with good people. Also find others throughout the organisation who were positive and support each other through the process. You can also take good care of your physical and mental health and even visit naturopaths, energy healers and such to support you in maintaining your own wellbeing.
Trudy Scott commented on 12-Sep-2014 11:46 AM
I agree - choosing to surround ourselves with positive, successful people is extremely important.

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