Shared Visions

Shared Visions is a training and organizational effectiveness company leading organizational evolution across Canada. We help organizations like yours identify the obstacles, behaviours, and unproductive patterns that are standing in the way of achieving full potential. Let our dialogue based consulting and training methodologies help propel you to your next stage of evolution.
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Crucial Conversations in a Crowd and Other Less Than Ideal Circumstances

Dear Crucial Skills, I have enjoyed reading your guidance. Your advice and books tend to assume an ideal environment for communication: face-to-face, alone, and with no distractions. Those conditions are ideal, but rare. Most interactions are constrained: in an open-plan office, with family members, on a car or train, with background noise, or … [Read More...]

Help! I’m Stuck on an Airplane and Need Some Skills

Dear Crucial Skills, Recently, I was on an overnight flight, trying to sleep. The person in the next seat was using headphones and laughing loudly every two minutes or so. I told her, politely: “Excuse me, you probably do not realize it, but you are laughing quite loudly, and it is preventing me from going to sleep.” In response, she muttered an … [Read More...]

Working with a Know-it-All

Dear Crucial Skills, As a nurse, I am responsible for precepting our new hires. In most cases, experienced nurses come to my unit and my job is to help them learn the policies and procedures unique to our unit and the hospital. The most difficult challenge is the “know-it-all” who is impossible to teach. We avoid these people in our personal … [Read More...]

How to Connect with an Aging Parent

Dear Crucial Skills, My husband struggles with how to engage in conversation with his mother. Mom doesn’t get out much and spends a lot of time with what we consider negative news. When we are together, she shares her opinions as facts. Often sweeping generalizations, “Kids today don’t learn anything in school,” or, “No one . . . ” or, “All … [Read More...]

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