In speaking with a new networking connection, I was telling her that my speaking or training aims to help people create more collaborative environments. She told me that she didn’t need my services because she didn’t have any toxic environments to fix at the moment.
While networking, I asked an HR professional of a mid-sized company (150 employees) when would she hire a communications expert like me to come and train her employees. She told me she never has because there’s no budget. Then she added that all training budgets were for technical training and only the C-suite folks do retreats, team building and leadership development.
When we think of the best teams, many people aim for collaboration as the most desirable trait in the members and the leaders. While a collaborative approach targets the best win/win scenario that everyone can hope for, there are times where leaders need to step away and adopt a more directive stance.
If we are naturally collaborative, we may have a hard time taking over and controlling the situation.
Here are 3 times when we need to be aware that collaboration is not always the panacea the Buddhists monks may be alluding to. Continue reading →
As we patiently wait for the admin assistant to call our number at the clinic, a man at the desk is asking her what’s taking so long for the doctor to see him and that he has to get back to the office. He wants to know how much longer. She abruptly says they don’t give times. He asks how many people are ahead of him. Instead of answering, the girl dismissively points to the sign next to her desk and goes in the back where the files are. The sign reads “Aggressive behaviours will not be tolerated”. Continue reading →
“I won’t work for someone who is not honest.” Jack said. “I have to trust them or I won’t give them my best. After all, I am always honest and they can take my word to the bank!”
How noble to be truthful. That being said, how it is managed and expressed can be problematic.
In this recent conversation, Jack is telling me how unlucky he’s been, working for all these dishonest companies, he’s thinking of leaving his current employer. He is complaining to me how people should appreciate his deep integrity. Continue reading →
I was consulting for a luxury car dealership not knowing what to expect. I’m one of those people who think “just get me from point A to point B – fancy hubcaps won’t make it drive better”. I drive an economical car and don’t really lean towards branding. I wondered if that belief would be swayed at this first visit. Here’s what happened. Continue reading →
Being an Educator and Process Driven Facilitator is an art form. Some of it is instinctive, and other bits you learn from books. It is extremely different than teaching from a curriculum. I’ve done both. Curriculums are useful but no curriculum can prepare for every contingency, personality or belief system of every participant who enters the room.
A true professional has to be ready to serve and flexible to the context of the moment. Below, I share a recent experience in this video and what happened when I changed my program 10 minutes in. The hiring event planner was pleasantly surprised at the outcome. Continue reading →
Larry was a bully boss. With only 3 employees in this office, he had burned through two secretaries and one office manager in one year. During our interview, he told me he came from a passionate culture and that his previous employees just didn’t “get him”.
Lucie, who was leaving, described his temper tantrums. Dramatic, impatient and erratic are not so much cultural traits as symptoms of a personality disorder. I was a single mom, running out of savings and employment insurance. Desperate for a job, I accepted. I was determined not to let my anxiety around further unemployment take over. Continue reading →