Workplace drama is something many of us have, but none of us want.
In this edition of Virginia at Work, we tackle the issue and how you can handle it.
The topic has been the focus of publications such as “The Power of Ted,” authored by Dave Emerald. In the book, he discusses “The Dreaded Drama Triangle,” a model developed by Stephen Karpman, MD, which involves a victim, persecutor, and the rescuer.
Located in Roanoke, Cortex Leadership Consulting holds several seminars, using the research to help companies across the area make that much-needed shift from drama to getting people back on track and working again. When that shift happens, the research shows people involved in the workplace drama move into new roles of creator, challenger and coach. They learn how to handle the challenge placed before them, to take responsibility, and no longer worry about what someone else should be doing.
“If you can shift to where you think it is a challenge, instead of someone being a villain against you, then you can be creative, and finally you need to coach yourself instead of trying to find emotional rescues. You need to see how those things outside of yourself are actually coaching yourself toward what you want and need,” says Lynda McNutt Foster, CEO of Cortex Leadership Consulting.
You can click here for more information on the topic and how to navigate, even prevent, workplace drama. Foster also shared a link, 5 Ways Leaders Might be Causing Drama in the Workplace, to help leaders and managers minimize the drama and get the focus back on the job at hand.