Managing Workplace Outbursts: Is It a Draymond Green Moment?

For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on workplace outbursts the image shows a basketball being shot into the net.

Are you a basketball fan? Even if you aren’t, I think you’ll find this helpful.

Recently, I had an insightful conversation with a client about handling unexpected workplace outbursts in professional relationships. The client shared an experience concerning a colleague. Their professional relationship had been progressing well until an unexpected outburst changed the atmosphere. Although the outburst wasn’t directed at my client, it did relate to shared projects and tasks, raising the question of how to address such incidents constructively.

I had just written an article about Steph Curry and what we can learn from his leadership style so I dived further into the basketball analogy to help explain my thoughts to my client. 

The situation my client described to me reminded of the contrasting emotions you can see in Steph Curry and Draymond Green.

Curry is very emotive but rarely does he get a technical foul. Green, on the other hand, is known to lose it on a regular basis. 

But you still want Draymond Green on your team.

In the workplace, we all have moments of intensity, our “Draymond Green moments” but it’s crucial not to let one incident define a relationship.

Read more on work relationships and getting an outside perspective.

Jo Ilfeld, PhD

An executive leadership coach, Jo helps C-suite leaders, executives, and high-potential managers develop the flexibility, skill, and frame of mind to meet the challenges of the next five, ten, twenty years…. and beyond. She works with individuals, teams and organizations on four core areas of leadership development. Check out Jo's bio page for more information.

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