Way, way back in the early noughties I was working for a professional association, assisting members with their personal and professional development issues and developing their career plans. I was due to run a series of workshops with my colleague, Kathy, on the dynamics of work based relationships and its effect on professional development.
While prepping for the sessions we were compiling notes to use as examples by describing the personal characteristics of people we had both met over the years. It wasn’t long before we realised that they were starting to fall into some very interesting categories and those categories were also starting to bear an uncanny resemblance to some recognisable animal types, both rare and not so rare. Much riotous laughter later, we realised that we had hit on an interesting and serious problem for many people in trying to deal with all the different personality types encountered within the work environment and the problems some of these interactions can cause. We knew that what we had could potentially be very useful but the inevitable happened and the notes we made during and after those workshops were carefully stored away for ‘future’ use.
And so the years passed by, with both of us busy with life and career and all the other ‘stuff’ that can get in the way of good ideas but we never truly lost touch and, as luck would have it, we began working together again a few years ago. Then came the moment when, as I was clearing out some old files, I ‘found’ those workshop notes. By then I had already published my first book (Professionalism: the ABC for Success) to great reviews so I asked Kathy whether she believed, as I did, that our notes could be further developed into a book which would have wide appeal. The result of her saying ‘yes’ has been 18 months of hard work and a great many ups and downs as we tried to fit the enhancement of our original notes into a couple of already very packed schedules. We were always sure, however, that the resulting book could be useful to a wide range of people, from students to entrepreneurs, from team members to chief executives, from freelancers to returners to the workforce.
In the next post I’ll tell you how we achieved the seemingly impossible and how I made a solemn vow to never, never, never do one particular thing ever again. Till next time……..
In the meantime, I hope you will check out the ways in which ‘How to Spot a Dinosaur’ can help you with your workplace relationships and also help you to thrive at work. We've already had some great 5* reviews and you can check these out or look at some sample chapters here on Amazon or some alternate ones here on the website. If you do decide to buy the book then please accept my grateful thanks and I know you will enjoy it.