Throwing Out Old Files
The company where I work uses the phrase, “Throw out old files” to mean something other than throwing away old papers. The phrase is used to refer to eliminating perceptions of others we may have from past dealings with them.
How many times have you worked with someone that didn’t work out well? The person may have been difficult to accept new ideas or rude in meetings. Whatever the case, you have perceptions about this person and now you don’t look forward to working with them.
A second phrase jumps out, “Self fulfilling prophecy.” If a person goes into a working relationship with thoughts of not wanting to work with another person and it will be troublesome, it usually ends up troublesome.
To combat this, people should try to “throw out old files” they have on a person. Start new and give the person a chance. The person may behave in the same manner as you have seen in the past, but giving them a chance gives everyone a chance to succeed. Many times people do behave differently. Maybe circumstances outside of work have changed for the person or circumstances at work, putting them in a better state of mind.
Throwing out old files is not an easy thing to do. Especially, if the person keeps behaving in the same manner over and over again. But you may be surprised as to how many people you can get a long with and even become friends with once old files are thrown out.