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Lessons in people skills, with Alan Partridge, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Pete and Dud.

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Management is a people game. The better you can relate to others, the easier it becomes. This may involve loosening up a bit. Here Alan Partridge finds his PA joking about him behind his back, and threatens to sack her for ‘joining in fun in a way that excludes her employer'. Yes, take yourself seriously, but not too much...

Find the common ground. We're all people, and as such all have something in common. It's just a matter of finding it. Here Peter Cook and Dudley Moore meet at a party, and realise the fact that they've never met each other is perfect ground for a great conversation.

Compromise. Don't expect to get everything your own way all the time - other people have needs too. In this clip from Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry and his wife are planning to renew their wedding vows. All comes unstuck when, on the run-through, Cheryl mentions being together ‘through all eternity'. Typical of Larry, he's not prepared to budge even an inch on what he considers a huge sticking point.


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