Thursday, November 13, 2014

Crucial Conversations

I haven't been writing regularly on this blog for a variety of reasons. I hadn't missed a week until early May and that was when our organization was hit with a small layoff and a reorg that meant I was put in a new role.

The new role has left me very busy which is one of the reasons I stopped writing in this blog.  However, there were also a lot of responsibilities in the new role which I haven't agreed with and have left me frustrated. I no longer felt happy myself and felt fearful of speaking up, because after all, I was lucky to have a job.

In the last two days, I've been in a class that is designed to give us the tools to speak up, in a respectful way, to voice concerns to anyone.  Crucial Conversations gives great insights into how relationships and communication can spiral downward if not done well.

I feel more confident now about voicing my concerns and working with my organization to make some positive differences. And I feel especially grateful that I work for a company that encourages this attitude and gives us the resources to safely speak up if we feel unhappy.

For those of you who are unhappy in your current jobs, I highly recommend checking out this book and taking control of respectfully voicing your concerns and becoming an agent of positive change.

Meanwhile, I am also determined to resume my resolution to find the positive in my job and update this blog more regularly.  It's so easy to get consumed by our negative feelings, but empowering to take control and find a way to make things better.