Right Person, Wrong Seat

Have you ever encountered someone who just did not seem to be the right fit for the job? Have you observed an employee who seemed less than enthusiastic about being there? Do you have a supervisor or co-worker who you would love to hang out with outside the workplace, but do not really think is up to the task in the current position? Whether it is a supervisor, administrator, or fellow co-worker, I hear about the difficulties arising from someone being in the wrong job within a business or organization. Workplace conflict leads to frustrated management, disgruntled employees, irritated customers, and generally wreaks havoc on productivity and morale. 

How does the right person end up in the wrong seat? It happens a myriad of ways; however, the two most common seem to be:

  • A business does not fill a position and a solid employee in another area willingly accepts the additional tasks. The required skill set is not the same, however, and the “great employee” underperforms in the new capacity. Instead of checking in after a few weeks or months to discuss progress, months and years pass and now no one wants to address it. 
  • A solid employee works with the company for many years. A management position opens and, as a reward, the long-standing employee receives the promotion. While excellent in the previous position, management proves a poor fit. Again, nobody wants to have the conversation and the person either stays in a position for which he is ill-suited, or receives another time-based promotion. 

When someone sits in the wrong seat at the workplace, most people know it (including the person sitting in the wrong seat). Conflict management requires being very clear about organizational values and needs. Mediation helps people engage in constructive conversations to keep the right people in the right seats. Individual conflict coaching offers employees, managers, human resource professionals or business owners the opportunity to clarify needs, consider options and create a plan to address issues with confidence and compassion. 

Sherry Ann Bruckner

Sherry Ann Bruckner

Most widely known as Lonzo's human, mediator, speaker, and author Sherry Ann Bruckner works with leaders and organizations to create peace, resolve conflict, and transform visions into results.

From her twenty-plus years' experience practicing civil and family law, and her own personal experiences with silence and violence, Sherry Ann understands how much inner peace impacts outer peace. A graduate of Hamline University's College of Liberal Arts and William Mitchell College of Law, she also studied conflict resolution at Rothberg International School in Jerusalem. Sherry serves as a neutral on matters ranging from bias and employment discrimination to marriage dissolution and caring for aging parents. A speaker and trainer on the global stage, Sherry gives you and your audience practical skills and the confidence to use embrace your personal power to create peace. Through helping thousands of people navigate their way through conflict, and finding her own way to inner peace, she shares the transformational power of clarity, compassion, curiosity, and cribbage.

Visit brucknermediation.com/services to learn more or give her a call at (320) 808-3212.
Sherry Ann Bruckner

Be gentle with you. Be gentle with all. Be the peace.