by Anna M Stapleton, IAPC&M Master Coach (UK)

During my 20 year career in the corporate world, I experienced joy and desperation. I experienced two mergers and went from being able to make day to day decisions to having to ask for two signatures before I could order some stationery. It had become very annoying.

Following the second merger, the level of bureaucracy felt stifling and frustrating. The people around me seemed distant and unfriendly. The ex-boss whom I had considered charismatic and a true leader started to ignore me. It was painful and disheartening.

After having gone through the first merger I said to myself: ‘Never again. If it happens again, I will leave!’

Several years later the announcement of another merger took me by surprise and I started to panic. The thought of going through a repeat of the previous merger filled me with dread. I did remember the promise I had made to myself. However, I conveniently put it to one side with the hope that things would be better this time. How naïve!

I was part of the HR department and closely involved with the introduction and implementation of the personnel policies. The conflicts and suspicion from the staff from both camps were obvious. The politics and gossip, although entertaining, were often destructive and negative. This went on for 3 years before I resigned and left the company.


To find out more about Anna see here

You can find the business handbook she co-authored How to Win Clients & Keep Them

To find out more about IAPC&M accreditation see this short video

Source: iCN Issue 29  (Business Coaching: Building your Organisation); pages 36-38