A Sunday Afternoon in the ByWard Market (Ottawa)

A Sunday Afternoon in the ByWard Market (Ottawa)

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The online Collins would tell us that reorganization is ‘the act of organizing or the state of being organized again’. BusinessDictionnary.com  defines reorganization primarily as the ‘Restructuring of a firm’s operations, in order to concentrate on core activities and outsource peripheral ones, often requiring reduction in workforce’.

Whatever definition we choose (and there are quite a few out there), this word is synonymous to anxiety on the part of the employees as well as the employers. A reorg always starts with a great idea, a new strategy; efficiency and redundancy being at the forefront in people’s minds. Some reorganizations have been done well and have increased the business’ bottom line, others have been catastrophic, but I’m guessing all of them have resulted in people, the most important resource in any organization, feeling anxious and insecure. Reorgs have become the antonym of a sane work environment, and for how ever long this process takes, the chances of failure increases as time passes. This is mainly due to the fact that key employees reorganize themselves and find a saner working environment and others choosing the ‘work-to-rule’ path and what made your business what it is,  starts to wane and can even get on shaky grounds. Responsible, honest, hardworking and loyal employees is a rare commodity as it is; seeing them fleeing or aspiring to is so disconcerting to me.

Of course, in order for a business to thrive, new paths must be explored, and novelty plays a big role in it, but to what extent I am asking and is this in all circumstances, in all kinds or areas of business? Is advertising to have the same model of creativity as thesis defenses? I am obviously biased as I have been living with Reorganization and all its intricacies for quite some time now. So am I biased in the sense of only seeing its negative impacts or am I actually reporting the truth from a managing employee’s view? It is for you to decide.

Some resources for other employees finding themselves in the middle of a reorganization (as proposed by a professional coach) :


Crucial Conversations, Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, Switzler
How to survive change you didn’t ask forM. J. Ryan

Not read:

From Now On With Passion – A guide to emotional intelligence, Christine Mockler Casper
The Pathfinder – how to choose or change your career for a lifetime of satisfaction and successNicholas Lore
The Respect Effect, Paul Meshanko


Five days, 14 ceremonies, over 5,000 students, speeches, applause, tears, high heels, and more; Spring convocation is here and the mood is festive. I love taking part in those activities, helping the graduating class obtain their well-deserved diploma.

You may watch the live stream of the ceremonies and participate from home using #uOgrad on Twitter.

Students taking a selfie backstage

Students taking a selfie backstage

Special congratulations to our masters and PhD students!

(more complete posts to come soon… we may not be going to Spain this year, but we are to travel East and spend a few weeks camping on Canadian ground).