For the past 30 plus years I've been working with groups and individuals to help them find strength and purpose both in their lives and at work. After a lot of recent reflection, it feels like I've been doing the same workshop for too long. The past few years I've gotten the chance to work with many small nonprofits and organizations and find that I like digging in. I like the challenge of seeing what we can do to change a toxic work environment into something that flows and empowers creativity, communication, and a sense of purpose.
How do you know if your workplace has gone toxic? The signs are there. High turnover, disgruntled employees, clique formation, a lot of we/they discourse and, on a personal level, you find you just don't want to go to work. Or you just plain don't feel well anymore.
What I've learned over these many years is that communication is key--but that means everything from email to meeting protocol and, most importantly, whether strong and clear goals are in place.
I've decided not to do parachute training anymore. I don't think dropping in, dumping a bunch of cool tools on participants, and then flying off again is worth the money for my clients. The enthusiasm lasts about 5 minutes before the materials are stacked on a shelf and life/work goes on as usual.
What has made my recent work so rewarding is that I like to get into the dynamics of how, who, what, when of each organization I work with. This can include a lot of different approaches. I always do pre-interviews. (There is nothing worse for a trainer/coach /consultant than being hired to solve a problem only to discover midway that we're trying to solve the wrong problem.) I also like to combine training with systems-oriented and project-based work over time. To make good things happen I sometimes do coaching, mediation, and other supportive actions. Let's set some real goals and practice making them happen.
Finally, I've discovered there are advantages to having years of learning, experience, and practice. Although I have a "soft" touch, my eye is keen, and I'm not afraid to cut deeply into looping patterns that grow a toxic environment.
Let me know if you would like a free consultation and sorting session to discover if this is the kind of service you need to go to the next level.
Patricia Jamie Lee, MA
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Current and Recent Client List:
Presbyterian Woman's Retreat, Brainerd, MN
Northwest Technical College, Bemidji
Leech Lake Tribal College, Cass Lake
Northwest Indian OIC, Bemidji
Hunt Utilities Group, Pine River
Leech Lake Early Childhood Education
Psychological Associates of The Black Hills
Talon Performance Group, Minneapolis
Sister Sojourn Keynote
Partial Previous Client List:
South Dakota Bar Association, Rapid City, SD
Carondolet Hospital Systems, Tucson, AA
Pima County Court System, Tucson, AZ