Years ago, we moved to Kingston, Ontario from Ottawa. I was on the job hunt, and Kingston, being one-tenth the size of Ottawa, did not yield a lot of opportunities for me in the field of organizational development. As a result, I had to expand my job search in some rather creative directions, and one of them was writing.
I was introduced to Vera Asanin, the publisher of Your Workplace magazine. YW has always been a voice for the progressive workplace, discussing issues such as leadership, team building, HR practices, organizational structure, physical environment and many other elements that go into creating a great workplace. Vera, as the publisher, delights in pushing the boundaries of tradition, both in her magazine and her approach to it. One illustrative example: when I first met Vera, I was on a maternity leave with a young baby, and it was hard for me to arrange child care in this new town so that I could go to job interviews. Vera, however, steadfastly declared “You will recognize me because I will send you a picture of what I look like. I will recognize you because you will be the one with the baby.”
I have now been writing for YW magazine for over 10 years. I started out by publishing a series of articles on a model of personal change, and since then I have published umpteen articles on a wide variety of topics, including many book reviews. I am ever grateful to the YW team for their openness and flexibility when I approach them with new ideas. They have been extremely supportive.
Here is my most recent article for YW on how to set a collaborative tone in your workplace. I’d love to know what you think. Feel free to leave me a comment on my blog or on my Facebook page, and feel free to write to Your Workplace to share your thoughts there too – they would love to hear from you!
Thank you YW for being a collaborative partner!
You can view my writing here: Your Workplace