Look beyond the obvious...Connecting the Dots

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Work is a big part of our lives for many, many years. It gives us a ready made social network, generally interesting work and projects, opportunities to grow professionally and personally, structure and form to our days. As the saying goes, “when it’s good, it’s very good and when it’s bad, it’s horrid.”

Often the cause of of work gone bad is a situation or relationship that has soured in some way thus throwing you into conflict and stress. You worry, mull over conversation and gestures in your mind, perhaps become short tempered, on guard, forgetful, lose sleep. A difficult situation can take over our life!

My work of 35+ years has afforded me a depth of experience and skills in coaching individuals to shift the dynamic(s) of a difficult situation or relationship. I have had the good fortune of applying my skills in a variety of roles within the Healthcare, Petrochemical, Telecom Education and Financial fields.

Just to be clear, there are no magic wands.

The first step is recognizing you can’t change someone else - as much as you’d like to! You are the one who can make the difference by coming to understand what will and will not make a situation better and developing a game plan. Including if you need to walk away.

This puts you back into the driver seat. I often encourage my clients to view a difficult working relationship is as an opportunity to fine tune your personal game at work.

If a particular relationship or situation has knocked you off your stride, I’d love to talk further about how I could help. Call me for a complimentary consultation.

It would be a privilege to work with you. Mary

I have had the privilege and pleasure of experiencing this unexpected insight into my own personal and professional leadership journey with Mary as my coach and mentor. Fostering the right balance in a relationship, she centers the discussion and is able to bring forward meaningful questions that drive to the heart of the subject, yet convey a wisdom that I believe is remarkable. Mary's creative approach pulled my career, home life and creative self into a collaborative journey that was transformational for me. Thank you Mary, you are the best.

Eleanor - former Dean NAIT
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Mary Johnson PCC, Bridgeworks Consulting, Edmonton Alberta

Latest Post

The Path of Least Resistance

Mary Johnson - Thursday, May 26, 2016

The path of least resistance has, more of late, been about getting out of your own way, about following the energy of 'yes'. Yes being a warm, lite up sensation you feel when on the 'right' track. I like that version in my headspace. Seems an easy concept though often is not so readily achieved.

A book by Brendon Burchard (great romp by the way!) called 'Life's Golden Ticket A Story about Life's Second Chances' shared a different idea about least resistance. One that struck me in my gut. Quote "In life, the path of least resistance is always silence."  Immediately! I knew this one. It is a path I have chosen often. Not expressing my thoughts and feelings (oh there's a ton of excuses here!), means I don't have to deal with other's reactions to it - you know the big hairy ugly ones I am SURE will happen. So I'm 'safe', not vulnerable. Liked and still belong versus rejected. Yes and yes and yes I heard my inside voice say as I read this passage. This has been a way of making my way around difficult situation. Don't be 'difficult' myself. A lesson learned well as a kid. Then there's the mental high road, ..... 'This isn't about me.' 'I can't add anything of value here.' 'Someone must be having a bad day.' 'I'll speak to this later when things have cooled down.' And it rarely happens.

This whole idea that silence is the path of least resistance gave my 'truth-telling' ambitions a kick in the pants. In getting sidelined on what IS my truth, I just keep quiet. 'I'll tell it when I know what it is' I say to myself. So nothing happens, little changes and I have yet again betrayed my inner voice - the one that says speak up, this isn't right. 

So now I am catching myself in action. Stepping up, speaking up more often. Small things that I feel strongly about. Funny as I do I notice I have a bit more energy, a lightness in those moments.  Takes a lot of energy to keep silent. 

Where are you taking the path of least resistance in your life?      

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