A Sunday Afternoon in the ByWard Market (Ottawa)

A Sunday Afternoon in the ByWard Market (Ottawa)

Category Archives: Personal Journey

After my mother’s birthday and convocation celebrations on November 1st, we were in full travel mode, leaving for London on November 4th. The first couple of days in London were spent at the King’s Cross Hub where our amazing LISTedTECH board of directors wrapped up the year and made ambitious plans for the year ahead.

I have to admit that I didn’t fully feel my usual ‘happy Europe mood’ even though the team pub-crawled through the oldest London pubs sampling ale and gin by the bucket full or so it seemed. I was partly waiting for my parents-in-law (PILs 🙂 ) to safely arrive in London, but I think I was also feeling the November blahs. I thought my new routine would alleviate these awful change of season feelings, but I simply could not shake them off. By chance, even though my PILs’ plane was delayed several hours and the first day’s scheduled activities went down the drain, the sun came out (even if only for brief moments) on our first day of real outings and our visit of the city has only gotten better by the day.

From walking on Regent street to them visiting St. Paul’s while I attended a British school’s jazz concert, going to the Tower of London and getting the Ravenmaster himself (a funny and quite charismatic guy) guide us through the vast complex (oh, and he signed my copy of his book!!), attending sung vespers at Westminster and then walking up and down Strand and Fleet streets, ending at the Globe and quickly stopping at Tate Modern, the November blahs are slowly dissipating as I am seeing the city through the neophyte eyes of my PILs.

I’m also reading a couple of good books (Nine Perfect Strangers & The Ravenmaster, of course) and writing many postcards as always. My actual writing is on hold, however. Publishing a book has never been part of my life goals per se. Writing is and I think always will be. A book just sort of got put together regarding the story of our travels around the world and then I incorporated into it my own story. Maybe I should not have added my own background story to our travels or maybe I should not have written a book at all, but I have learned an important lesson and that is that one should never ask friends and/or colleagues to read one’s work. Nothing good can come of it! Whatever comments you receive (and that is if you receive comments at all), you will never be happy. They will invariably make you feel awful since you will always analyze what they say in the most negative and defeatist way and that’s if they don’t come right out and say “hey, nice writing but who in the world would even want to read this?”

But writing aside, and if I still have your attention haha, off we are to Stonehenge tomorrow. I may not be writing a book about it, but I will certainly try to internalize the spiritual vibes floating around and hopefully be able to keep some with me to ward off those possible future vexing comments on my writing 🙂

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 for, M. 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 success, Nicholas Lore
The Respect Effect, Paul Meshanko