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Short story part 2

There is this old saying, “if I knew I would fall I would have sat down to prevent the fall”. In the real life we try not to expect the worst, we think,  as long as we follow the rules others around us with comply as well. Unfortunately there is always at least one disrupter in every community. Carol relished in her new role of the meddler, it provided her with the extra kick that most people get from their daily coffee cup.

At first nothing seem out of the ordinary, Carol knew how to play her low key role. Until things have started to fall apart little by little with no real explanation. Jennifer started to have that eerie feeling about the latest events. She would occasionally leave her computer logged on while tending to a situation that needed to be handled with elaborated efforts and expertise, and when she would come back to her computer the screen would be on a different page than she was previously looking at. First she dismissed that as her overlooking stuff but then there was that nagging feeling that she couldn’t shake off, nevertheless she could not put a finger on it.

Jennifer’s boss, Richard was a typical narcissist who diligently tried to cover this main trait of his character behind general slogans that he fed his employees every meeting. They say actions speak louder than words, well in his case actions or I should say results he delivered were screaming incompetence and possible corruption.

One day Richard came unannounced to Jennifer’s school. It was a breezy morning but the air felt so good since it was raining previous night. His condescending look was conspicuously hidden under the fake smile. He came to Jenny’s office and closed the door behind himself, ominous gesture when delivering unpleasant news. He told there was many serious concerns regarding her conduct. Allegations of her providing unauthorized discounts or waving fees to many families seemed like a ridiculous and at the same time a serious punch right in the gut.

She took her breath and felt that the room was getting smaller and smaller. Finally she composed herself after the initial shock and disbelieve. She tried to explain that in her two decade long service in childcare business she was never accused of such a serious charges. Her innocent eyes, her good heart  could not comprehend how she could find herself in this debacle. Richard’s accusatory tone was an indicator that the written warning would be put in place along with the open investigation.

When he left she was crushed, felt betrayed but couldn’t point a finger on it. She looked around and she spotted Carol’s smirky smile chatting away with Richard, now she knew who was behind it, but how could she prove it.



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Management conflict comprehension

Being able to perceive the world through the eyes of others would open the door to complete understanding. To see what others see, would be a different angle to our perception. This is how frustration is conceived; unwillingness to even make an attempt to reach out and extend metaphorical olive branch by listening to others. It’s so convenient to walk away, to shut down the possibility to any form of communication. As a result one party feels defeated and undermined, the other feels like they reached their final mark. At the end we have an unresolved issue, diminished morale, and squandered opportunity.

Collaboration in its own definition involves two parties to come together in order to resolve undergoing problem. You cannot overwhelm employee with your own preconceived ideas. You need to draw specific road map, where in case of unexpected event employee feels empowered to used their best judgement and at the same time fulfill the given task within acceptable boundaries. Do not restrain their abilities and freedom to express their own concepts. Empower them more with your knowledge than with your directives. Always be open to receive their input, especially at times when you think there’s no room for incorporating anything else.

Think about times and people who created unbelievable things, but during their projects they were undermined and ridiculed. Always welcome new ideas, don’t settle for basics, and don’t tell yourself certain tactics are not negotiable. Be prepare to grow with your staff, to develop new skills and to enter uncharted territories.

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