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How to deal with hostile new colleagues, with Blazing Saddles, Anchorman and Full Metal Jacket...

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

In the week when John Bercow was elected Speaker of the House of Commons, much to the apparent chagrin of the Tories, we thought it was time to consider how you can settle into a new job - when it's clear that your new colleagues aren't very keen on you being there.

Develop a thick skin
It may be that you're not the kind of appointment everyone was expecting, but that's no reason to shy away. In Blazing Saddles, the townsfolk's excitement when their new sheriff comes to town quickly disappears when it turns out he's not the kind of man they had in mind. But the new sheriff brazens it out, and is soon getting on with the job regardless.

Be wary of wounded pride
Some of your new colleagues might be jealous of your elevation; they may even deliberately try to make life difficult for you. In Anchorman, the Channel 4 news team can't handle the sudden rise of new anchor Veronica Corningstone - not least because she's a woman - and plot to undermine her.

Take a firm line
The last thing you want to do is alienate any of your new colleagues immediately, but equally, you don't want them to think you're a soft touch. That said, the kind of disciplinarian stance adopted by Full Metal Jacket's Gunnery Sergeant Hartman might be a step too far. Although perhaps where recalcitrant MPs are concerned...

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