I recently had a situation at work whereby I needed to draw on all of my assertiveness training and assert myself to the most senior people in the company. Although I stood my ground it was incredibly stressful whilst I was working in what I considered to be a hostile environment. I remember one conversation when I chose to bite my tongue to the most senior person in the company, despite having very real grounds for asserting myself and disputing what he was saying.
The conversation was related but not about the subject matter which I initially asserted myself on so, to minimize hostility in my work life I decided to remain quiet. I chose not to dispute what he was saying. Although I’ve always held the view that it is important to stand up for yourself both diplomatically and assertively, it is sometimes wise to pick and choose your battles.