Dealing with a Stinker at Work

It’s a feat to behold when coworkers come together in the workplace and perform extraordinary things . . . when all goes as it should. But teamwork doesn’t necessarily happen magically nor naturally. There are a host of reasons a team may not be performing well—barriers that are not insurmountable, but obstacles nonetheless.

As an individual and organization development consultant, I am periodically asked to partner with a company’s team to help them address the challenges they face in achieving results together. In my initial assessment to understand the team’s concerns, it’s not uncommon to learn that the majority of the team has bonded against a common enemy—the stinker.

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Thriving Amidst Change

Two caterpillars were walking along a path when a butterfly slowly soared by. One caterpillar said to the other, “You’ll never get me up in one of those things!” Unfortunately for the reluctant caterpillar, unexpected change was coming, want it or not.

It’s not just by coincidence that Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s model on death and dying is used as a model for change. Change creates endings—a kind of death. Change also offers new beginnings—a new normal.

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Employees Behaving Badly and What You Can Do About It

Wonder why employees don’t do what they are supposed to do? It happens all the time in every company no matter what the industry. Underperforming employees often have supervisors who suffer from the fundamental attribution error, attributing the lack of performance to the employee’s laziness or incompetence. When supervisors assume employees in their care are unmotivated or unknowledgeable, they feel powerless to affect change. But there is hope.

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