Ordinary sucks

You know it, they know it, ordinary sucks. And you shouldn’t have to put up with it where you work. We help companies and nonprofits leverage their organizational culture to turn ordinary employees into high performers. We believe that everyone is happier, healthier and more engaged when they knock it out of the park every single day. So we give you and your team the tools you need to shift your culture yourselves. Then you get something more powerful than buy-in from your employees. You get ownership.

“Ken’s energetic and honest approach has gained him the respect of an entire organization. The early iterations of SHIFT made a series of challenging conversations easy due to his sincerity, curiosity and willingness to learn about our organization.

“Our project is the better for his leadership.”

—Beth Gignac, City of Calgary

Recent Articles and Videos

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Recent Blog Posts

85 – Good F***ing Communications Can Fix Almost Everything with Simon Heath

February 13th, 2024|Categories: Uncategorized|

Simon is the author of “The Invisible Asset: How Good Communications Can Fix Almost Everything”.  He is an Executive Communications Coach who has been delivering communications coaching to executives since 1996. And most importantly, he was Ken’s coach and mentor, who taught him to speak in front of a crowd. 

84 – How to F***ing Collaborate Online

January 30th, 2024|Categories: Uncategorized|

We talk about online and remote collaboration with Jonathan White a Designated Miro Expert. If you haven’t explored the online whiteboarding platform at Miro.com (or one of its knock-offs) during the pandemic, Jon is here to tell you all about it. If your question is ever “What do we do with our meeting?”, his response will definitely be “Create a Miro board!”

83 – So you Think You Can F***ing Innovate?

January 16th, 2024|Categories: Uncategorized|

In this episode Shannon Phillips and Tristan Ham co-founders of Unbounded Thinking share the stage to talk innovation, why an entrepreneur is just a pissed off intrapreneur and how leaders can prevent their best employees from leaving out of frustration.

Coming Events

Read Nicer Book Club

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 |  4:00pm – 5:30pm

Partnered with MeetUp group, ‘Calgary Business Success Network’ of over 1300 members, Work Nicer hosts a monthly book club meeting for an opportunity to discuss the chosen business book and explore it’s concepts, ideas, theories, and just to overall re-connect over conversation.

The next meeting will be held at Red Mile in Boardroom 9 &3/4. The book for discussion is “I Need To F%^$ing Talk To You!” by Work Nicer member Ken Cameron and Russell Stratton, which provides a practical and easy-to-use guide to prepare and successfully navigate a ‘difficult’ workplace conversations.

Even if you have not read the book or cannot complete by the next session, you can absolutely still join the conversation! It’s an opportunity to learn from others, share ideas and meet new people!

I Need To F***ing Talk To You

The Art Of Navigating Difficult Workplace Conversations.

Date TBC

Let’s get one thing straight off the top  “I need to f@#%ing talk to you”, is a bad way to start any conversation, let alone one with a co-worker.

So why is this commonly happening in the workplace? Usually, it’s because some issue has been festering for weeks or months. Too many managers approach a conversation in which they must challenge difficult behaviour with a lot of trepidation. The result is we aren’t direct, we beat around the bush, or we ignore and let unproductive behaviour go unchallenged until we can’t take it anymore and we just f@#%ing lose it.

“Sometimes conversations suck, but you need to have them, and this book lays out how. Russell and Ken have put together and road-tested simple, up-front, and thoughtful approaches to awkward and difficult workplace conversations.”
Andrew Phung, CBC’s Kim’s Convenience

Zoom Zoom! – from “Adaptive Technology” to “Creative Solution”

FacX online (formerly Facilitation Exchange)
Wednesday, October 21st 6:00 MST 

In the wake of the pandemic, our flip chart stands and facilitator tool kits are in the cupboard collecting dust. As facilitators, we don’t go out much any more.  Instead, many of us struggle to do our craft over an online platform like Zoom. In this session, we will think about the way we think about using on-line platforms. We will see what we can harness from each other that helps us move from “adaptive” mode to “creative” mode.  

Ken Cameron of Corporate Culture Shift is one facilitator practitioner among us actively exploring creative solutions. He will lead our session of idea sharing and discovery using some of the tools in his new, on-line tool kit.  He’ll be accompanied by Philip Cox of PlanNET who is still trying to adapt, but asking questions.   

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Do you prefer to learn on your own?

Start right now by ordering your copy of our new book, I Need to F***ing Talk to You: The Art of Managing Difficult Conversations. It outlines all the techniques we use in our I Need to F***ing Talk To You workshops so you can tackle the ordinary immediately.

$25 | Available now on Amazon