Justin Bieber’s Extravagant Tour Demands Offer an Important Lesson in How To Handle Office Absurdity
Belieb it or not, there are actually 10 takeaways.Justin Bieber has good reason to believe in himself and his talent–the Canadian superstar singer not only has won dozens of awards, but also has been identified multiple times as one of the highest pai…
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Justin Bieber has good reason to believe in himself and his talent--the Canadian superstar singer not only has won dozens of awards, but also has been identified multiple times as one of the highest paid and most powerful celebrities, according to Forbes. The demands Bieber made for his upcoming "Purpose" tour in India, however, show just how egocentric, arrogant, and demanding a person can be. Thanks to a humorous breakdown by May Wilkerson with Someecards, here's a recap of just some of what Bieber's reported demands included.
• Indian yoga casket
• Private jet and chopper on standby
• Two reserved hotels (yes, two hotels, not rooms)
• Five dishes a day renamed after Bieber's songs
• White drapes over the entire dressing room (must be his favorite color)
• A host of foods and drinks (e.g., vinegar chips, vanilla protein drinks)--in a glass-door refrigerator, of course
• 12 white handkerchiefs (definitely his favorite color)
You might not work with the Biebs, but if your boss or coworkers think they deserve the "extra" in extravagant, here are 10 things to do.
Handling the absurdity:
1. Be clear when you don't agree.
2. Lean on data and politely remind them of current standards.
3. Keep meetings and interactions brief, to the point and agenda driven.
4. Ask for specifics on how their demands are going to benefit others or your company (take notes, Bieb).
5. Tactfully point out the successes of others when your boss or coworker touts own accomplishments.
6. Encourage participation in volunteer or similar community service opportunities to help them refocus, and more importantly, to stay humble.
7. Document your behavior observations, point out the specifics to the individual (e.g, "I've noticed that...") and, if needed, report them.
8. Be self-aware of your own weaknesses (we all have them) and look to improve on them. Arrogant individuals often target individuals who need to grow because it is easier to appear dominant, push them around, and get a sense of superiority.
9. Let them say what they want, then abruptly change the topic or calmly present an opposing view.
10. Get comfortable with saying 'no' as appropriate and draw clear boundaries when necessary.
Through all these steps, remember--patience is your best friend. Belieb me.