There is no doubt that times are tough. Clients are losing their jobs, getting reassigned to other positions (not by choice) and many are taking pay cuts. During these times there are so many reasons to lose confidence, get angry, or even worse give up hope. I have been scanning the blog world for great reframes and today I found a really good one. It had to do with a buy out where the blogger, Polly Pearson, was giving her perspective about the worst job she ever had. As she reflected she realized that each “worst job” actually turned out to be full of great lessons. I can bet that we have all had this same or similar experience.
The kicker was when a fellow blogger commented on this blog, saying how unhappy s/he was with Polly’s company, EMC, for purchasing them. Due to the acquisition there were pay cuts and subsequently some bad feelings. But Polly’s response was an amazing reframe. First, she clearly set her intentions of sharing some empathy and offering some great thoughts as a friend and not as an official of EMC.
Next she calmly and kindly shared some powerful advice that started with “Do something good for yourself or your family”. At Tignum we think this is always a great place to start. Then she shared several of the positive aspects of the acquisition which included saving 2,000 employees from losing their jobs. If you get a chance I recommend you read the entire blog (here) , comments and reply because it shows a great example of a High Performance Mindset in action.
By Scott Peltin
Founder & Chief Performance Officer