WorkLife Book Of The Week: How To Use Your Voice To Express And Protect Your Identity

Welcome to WorkLife Book Of The Week. Every week Monday through Sunday I serialise a story from the School of WorkLife book series. I do this each day in under 280 characters, which I post across my social media channels. Then at the end of each week, I bring all 7 daily posts together here as 1 weekly blog post, which I also share on my podcast: WorkLife Book Wisdom.

This week’s WorkLife Book of The Week is: How To Use Your Voice To Express And Protect Your Identity

This week’s WorkLife Story of The Week is: Why? A Simple Yet Profound Question.

Carlos’s story of how asking the simple question “Why?” He opened up awareness to unacceptable behaviour.

Monday

Carlos works in the hotel and leisure industry.  He is quite an easy-going person, gets on well with people and is a good team player. Some time ago Blair joined his team, and from the very beginning she just did not gel with Carlos. It was actually more than not gelling … 

Tuesday

Blair seemed to go out of her way to be uncooperative, and was openly critical of any ideas Carlos put forward at meetings. He found her disrespectful and difficult to work with. He tried to get on with his work by interacting with her as little as he needed to. But it was a … 

Wednesday

.. small team, and being the hotel and leisure industry he spent long hours in his job, which meant long hours in her company. It soon came to a head and he knew he had to do something about it. One day when they were alone, he asked her “Why?” Blair stopped what she was doing .. 

Thursday

… and with obvious irritation asked, “What do you mean Why?” “Why What?” Carlos answered, “Why do you behave in the way you do towards me?” “What are you talking about?” she snapped. Carlos answered “Why do you behave in the way you do towards me? I get a sense you’re … 

Friday

 … irritated by me, as you seem to be now. I’m not sure if it’s something I’ve done or said, but it would help to know, because then perhaps we could find a way of working together. Our work means we spend a lot of time in each other’s company, and I think it’s important we …

Saturday

 … try to make this work, not just for us but for the morale of the team. Now Blair did not suddenly open up her heart to Carlos, she did not offer an explanation or apologise for her behaviour, she actually did not say anything. Maybe she did not know what to say, who knows ..

Sunday 

Carlos was glad he’d addressed the matter. It was a brief interaction, handled professionally. Importantly he let Blair know her behaviour was unacceptable, and that he was willing to find a way to work together. All of this from one simple question: “Why?” is quite profound.

That’s a wrap on this week’s WorkLife Story of The Week: Why? A Simple Yet Profound Question, from the School Of WorkLife book: How To Use Your Voice To Express And Protect Your Identity

If you enjoyed Carlos’s story, you may also like to learn about his fuller story, and the exercises that helped him express and protect his identity by speaking up, along with the other stories and assignments in this week’s WorkLife Book of The Week: How To Use Your Voice To Express And Protect Your Identity.

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Come back next Sunday for next week’s WorkLife Story of The Week: A Life Lived With What If? from the School Of WorkLife book: How To Pursue The Superpower Of Happiness.

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The School of WorkLife book series are designed to help you manage your own WorkLife Learning.

Each book tells real WorkLife stories of the successes and challenges people encountered in their WorkLife. Each book also includes the exercises that helped navigate these situations, which are presented as assignments for you to work through.

The stories I share are based on real life WorkLife situations – case studies of the challenges and successes people experienced in navigating the chapters of their WorkLife Story.

I believe stories are a powerful mechanism for teaching, a powerful medium to learn through, and also a powerful way to communicate who you are and what you stand for.

I hope you enjoy the stories and find them helpful in navigating the chapters of your WorkLife story.

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Published by Carmel O' Reilly

I’m Carmel O’ Reilly, Founder of www.worklifeincorporated.com. I’m the author Your WorkLife Your Way, blogger and podcaster on the subject of WorkLife. My work focuses on helping people to live their best WorkLives, by managing their learning, development and growth, through effective self-feedback, insightful self-questions and the ability to shape and tell their unique story. My Mission is: “To spread the power of WorkLives lived with Passion, Purpose and Pride by creating continuous WorkLife learning programmes that are accessible to everyone.”

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