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Work is a big part of our lives. It provides us a ready made social network, interesting work, 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.”

One 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 behaviours in your mind, perhaps become short tempered, on guard, forgetful, lose sleep. A difficult situation can take over our life!

Are you dealing with a difficult situation at work?
Are you having trouble seeing how to best handle it?

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 process takes you out of your fired up (emotional and /or reptilian brain) and put you back into your good thinking.

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.

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


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

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Leading is a relationship business

Mary Johnson - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

As we came to a wrap up of a session of a women's Peer Mentoring group, the women expressed a delight in their work with business clients. How they loved the relationships they had with them. Went out of their way to develop and enrich them. Not so much excitement about the staff they oversaw. Each found staff more needing of their time and energy with not (necessarily) a sense of mutuality. I was stuck at how very differently clients and staff were thought of. And treated. Clients in a welcoming way. Staff with more of a sense of obligation. 

"Leading is a relationship business too." I said. There was a huge pause from the group. Finally one of the gals said, "I never thought of it that way." I went on to add that fostering and maintaining good relationships with staff allow the work of your business to get done. Staff needs are quite similar to client needs. To be heard and understood, have regular conversations, be part of solution finding and celebrating success. As with clients none of this is at odds with business imperatives. This came as a bit of a surprise! Each of these women had work to do and staff had work to do. Getting along and just doing the work was what these women wanted from the people they oversaw. Creating a mutual relationship environment like they had with their clients hadn't crossed their minds. 

It was an interesting moment. One where you realized you're thinking about those you work with are is at odds with what you are hoping to achieve. The take away was looking at their staff through the lens of relationship and see where that might shift how each shows up. I was reminded that we don't do a good job of teaching and modelling what true leadership is. It's not a 'do to' someone or a team or a business. It's a 'do with'. That only happens in relationship.       

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