"Our conversations invent us. Through our speech and our silence, we become smaller or larger selves. Through our speech and our silence, we diminish or enhance the other person, and we narrow or expand the possibilities between us. How we use our voice determines the quality of our relationships, who we are in the world, and what the world can be and might become. Clearly, a lot is at stake here."
Harriet Lerner, The Dance of Connection
Jennifer Abrams Consulting provides trainings, coaching, program design and consultative support to schools, hospitals and other organizations in the areas of instructional design, new employee support, supervision and evaluation, having hard conversations, generational savvy and the creation of collaborative cultures. Jennifer considers herself to be a "voice coach," helping others develop their identities and skill sets to best use their voices in a variety of professional environments.
A few weeks back Linked In sponsored a workplace initiative, "Take Your Parents to Work Day." I saw a CNN clip about it while eating breakfast in Minneapolis right before I was to present a workshop on "Being Generationally Savvy" at the annual conference of the Association for Middle Level Educators. As I watched the newscaster ask some semi-sarcastic questions to the reporter, I thought to myself as well, "Just another helicopter parent moment where overly interested Boomer parents get to join their beloved child in his or her workplace - of all places." Then I gulped. My 82-year-old father, and my 44-year-old brother, my Dad's chauffeur that day, were both attending my session that afternoon. Wow. Why not bring the whole family to work, Jennifer?
My book, The Multigenerational Workplace: Communicate, Collaborate & Create Community was just published last week...Read More