Is a small number of people turning your workforce toxic? Does every interaction with them drain the energy out of everyone around them and the pure lifeblood out of your leaders?
Sounds familiar? Read on – I may be able to help you. I’m not talking about firing them, I’ll talk to you about understanding them.
Early in 2000, I found that I had reached a point in my career where I knew that I needed to change. Just one or two people in my teams were draining my energy, and I needed to do something different, but I didn’t know what. I needed to be challenged on a different level, and for this, I needed to step well outside my comfort zone.
I answered a call for people to come and speak to prisoners.
I found myself spending 2-3 times a week over the next couple of years walking into an infamous prison block in the country’s highest security prison. Here I met and spoke to people you would hear about in the news for all the wrong reasons. These are people sentenced to life for crimes that would shake you and for some, in other countries, be a death sentence. I stood in front of these people a few times every week for about two years.
It was inside this prison that I learned some basics of the mind and how these basics can explain some of the most challenging and toxic employees that you may have. What I learned doesn’t just affect hardened criminals, but it might be affecting people in your organisation.
Understanding these principles, I also concluded that it doesn’t matter what type of leadership an organisation has; these toxic personalities can still take over and ruin every attempt to change and grow for everyone.
I want to tell you about my time there and what I learned from violent and repetitive criminals and how that learning can be taken into the corporate environment to understand and often deal with that toxic environment.
I have travelled extensively and spoken to groups in several countries. I have held leadership positions within highly technical teams as team leader, through to development manager, and on to CIO and COO of reasonably sized organisations. At all times, I have worked with organisations wanting to go under change, and I have found that this unhelpful environment can exist anywhere.
Contact me now to discuss how I can meet with the people leaders in your organisation to talk to them about what I found.
I’m sure that I can help your leadership team and resolve the issue that is blocking your growth. Got an event, a dinner, or an away day for your people leaders? Give me a call or use this website to contact me and let’s talk.