Obdurate (adj.): Not changing in response to argument or other influence.
It is good to stand your ground but you have to choose carefully about when you should relent and when not to give in. When it comes to your job, be especially cautious; you don’t want to lose your position over a silly argument. It is best to stay clear of fights and steer away from confrontation. But if there’s something that goes against your principles or prevents you from doing a great job then consider your options and how you should address it. And keep in mind arguments often happen because of miscommunication. Keep an open mind and your lines of communication wide open. And try not to take professional disagreements personally—more often than not, it’s not about you. You are there to do a job, not to participate in conflicts. Be obdurate when it’s appropriate—but it rarely is.
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