When You Manipulate Change, You Damage the Relationship

Rick Thomas | 10/13/2019 | Rick Thomas
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You may have a good desire for someone, but if your methods are manipulative and forceful, you will blow-up the relationship. Each person is different, and you must understand them before you attempt to help them change. Knowing your audience, whether a spouse, child, or friend, is critical.

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Biff is a bottom-line guy: only one thing matters—the result. He would say, “Here’s the goal. Let’s go. Whatcha waiting for?” And he is always the one who determines how things ought to be. His way or the highway is his secret sauce, and he could back it up: he is a successful businessman.

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In his town, “Biff’s Burgers and Fries” is a well-known eating joint. The people love his food, and he is rich. What could be wrong with Biff’s formula for success? On the surface, nothing, but once you look a little deeper, Biff’s secret sauce is putrefying. Biff is a control freak who knows how things ought to be and how to get things done. Mix that with his ability to reason, and no one cares to challenge him. And besides, the proof is in the pudding—the bottom line is all the information he needs to support his motives and methods.

But there have always been problems in Biff’s business and even more profound issues in his marriage. In his business, he has a high turnover rate. No employee, except for Mable, whose need for money is greater than the frustration of the job, ever stayed with Biff longer than three years.

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In his 15-employee operation, he has hired and fired 23 people. There has always been an excuse, none of which would ever stick to “Teflon Biff.” The...
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