Issue 33, Winter/Spring 2014
Are you married? Do you have a partner or significant other in your life?
Many of us do.
If you identify, think how difficult it often is to come to consensus on issues, both large and small…
… How much hashing and compromising needs to take place before some kind of agreement (hopefully) can be reached…
… How painful the process can be at times…
… How unhappiness can easily seep into the relationship when one or both parties feels taken advantage of, abused or disrespected by the other—with dysfunction always lurking in the shadows.
And this is between just two people who ostensibly love, or at least care about one another to some degree, have consciously chosen each other as soul mates or life partners and sometimes even come from similar cultures, backgrounds and value systems.
How many people must you interact with there? One? Three? A dozen? Scores? All of whom have been randomly selected to work together by a board, executive director or HR department, and many of whom you have little, if anything, in common with or could care less about.
It’s not hard to understand how things can get out of control and workplaces turn toxic pretty quickly.
Such work environments are not only unpleasant to wake up, shower and brush our teeth for in the morning. More often than not they are less efficient and productive than they can be, lose focus on providing quality programs, products and services and, in turn, do great harm to the positive brand image the organization may be trying to project to outside stakeholder audiences, including funders.
So, what to do?
Denial, or blaming others is not an option. Quite frankly, the quality of a workplace environment is everyone’s responsibility.
I’m no marriage counselor, nor do I play one on TV, but I can attest that some of the above suggestions work in the home, as well. Let’s face it, there’s no substitute for living, working and playing in healthy environments. And most of it simply starts with respect for and sensitivity to others.
As always, I look forward to receiving your feedback, questions, success stories and branding challenges. Also, if you are in need of a motivational speaker, trainer, branding consultant/coach, or management consultant who can help you answer the questions: Who are we? What do we do? How do we do it? And should anyone care? I invite you to for more information.
In the meantime, good luck with your branding! — Larry
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