I offer online lectures and talks on Dark Personalities in the Workplace, Leadership, and Mental Health/Well-being in the workplace

Each speaking event can be offered in a different format and length and adapted to fit your needs.

Dark Personalities in the Workplace

Personnalités sombres en milieu de travail

This presentation gives an overview of dark personalities in the workplace by defining dark personalities, how they manage to enter organizations, how they manage to rise up the corporate ladder, the damages they do in workplaces, and how to manage them.

More specifically, the following topics are addressed:

  • Définir les personnalités sombres
  • Dark personalities and employee selection
  • Dark personalities and promotion
  • Dark personalities and leadership
  • Dark personalities, counterproductive behaviors, harassment, and corporate fraud
  • How to manage employees, colleagues, and managers presenting a dark personality

This presentation is an overview of the different topics surrounding dark personalities in the workplace. However, for a more in-depth presentation of the different aspects presented in this presentation, see the list below.

Dark personalities and employee selection: How to avoid hiring individuals with dark personalities

This presentation addresses how candidates presenting dark personalities manage to enter organizations. Manipulation/Impression management tactics used by individuals presenting dark personalities are introduced, and selection biases are addressed. A profile of individuals presenting dark personalities on a large number of workplace competencies is presented. Steps to conducting an effective employee selection process to reduce the risks of hiring candidates with dark personalities are introduced.

Dark personalities, manipulation, and violence in the workplace

In this presentation, participants will gain knowledge of the negative impacts of individuals presenting dark personalities in the workplace. Manipulation tactics used by employees with dark personalities to enter organizations, obtain promotions, and gain access to power and resources will be introduced. The types of violence used in the workplace by individuals with dark personalities will be addressed. The relationship between these dark personalities and workplace harassment and incivility will be presented. Advice on how to protect organizations against these individuals’ violent behaviors will be given.

Dark personalities and organizational fraud

Corporate fraud costs businesses worldwide approximately $3.7 trillion annually. Since corporate fraud is perpetrated by a company’s own employees and managers, it is crucial to look at corporate fraudsters’ profiles to better understand who they are. This presentation highlights evidence of the relationship between individuals with dark personality traits and corporate fraud. It introduces how these individuals manage to gain trust in the workplace while conducting schemes to steal money and resources from the organization. The presentation also addresses the corporate structures that increase the risks of fraud and suggests mechanisms that organizations can put in place to reduce these risks.

Dark personalities and dark/abusive leadership

In this presentation, participants will learn about leadership styles and behaviors associated with individuals presenting dark personalities. The consequences and impacts of dark/abusive leadership on employees and teams will be presented. Participants will be introduced to the notion of bright leadership and to the mechanisms that need to be implemented in order to reduce the risks of promoting employees presenting a dark personality to a leadership position. The processes and procedures to deal with dark or abusive managers will also be addressed.

How to manage dark personalities in the workplace

This presentation will address how to deal with individuals within the workplace who present dark personalities. Advice on dealing with individuals presenting dark personalities in the workplace, whether they are a colleague, an employee, or a supervisor, will be presented. Furthermore, advice on handling situations involving these individuals when they perpetrate workplace misbehavior will be introduced. This advice will include addressing difficult situations with these individuals, giving them performance feedback, and building a case for misbehavior. Furthermore, recommendations on how to implement organizational structures that will make it easier to identify and manage corporate misbehavior perpetrated by these individuals will be made.

Mental Health and Well-Being in the Workplace

Mental Health in the Workplace

This presentation defines mental health in the workplace and presents the symptoms associated with mental health problems. The impact of mental health issues in the workplace is addressed and tips on how to increase employee and manager well-being are introduced. More specifically, the recommendations address employee motivation, work-life balance, how to deal with difficult situations in the workplace, the link between leadership style and employee mental health, and how to create a healthy workplace.

Managing employee mental health (for managers)

This presentation is intended for managers who wish to learn about managing employee mental health. During the presentation, participants will learn about the symptoms of mental health, how to recognize when an employee is suffering from mental health issues, how to approach employees when they are showing signs of psychological distress as well as how to support employees suffering from mental health issues. Furthermore, recommendations will be offered on the elements and behaviors managers can put in place to increase well-being in the workplace and therefore prevent the onset of mental health issues in employees. A section of this presentation will also offer tools to managers to help them manage their own mental health.

Managing change while keeping employees healthy

Managing change effectively in any type of work environment is a challenge; doing it while ensuring employee’s well-being is a rare skill to possess as a manager. This presentation addresses crucial elements that need to be considered and implanted to increase the success rate of organizational change management. Factors explaining employees’ resistance to change will be introduced and recommendations on how to reduce employee resistance and increase not only employee motivation to embark on the change, but also their well-being will be presented. Furthermore, the leadership skills necessary to effectively conduct organizational change will be introduced and practical advice on how to increase those skills will be offered.

Celebrating diversity in the workplace

Research has found diversity as being a significant factor in predicting team performance. However, in order for teams to be optimal and for individuals to be healthy and happy in their job, we need to practice more than tolerance, we need to celebrate diversity. The different aspects of diversity will be addressed in this presentation and diversity will be defined broadly to include individual differences (personality traits, skills, competencies) as well as gender, age, rage, sexual orientation. This presentation addresses the challenges of evolving in a team with a diversified workforce and biases (conscious and unconscious) will be explained. The competencies that need to be developed in order for employees and managers to be able to celebrate and make the most of diversity in the workplace will be presented. Practical advice on how to develop these competencies will be offered.

Positive Leadership

Bright leadership

Leadership behaviors are closely linked to employee mental health and well-being. Based on positive leadership theories, I have created a profile for what I call bright leadership, which is composed of leadership competencies associated with employees’ well-being. In this presentation, the competency profile for bright leadership is presented, and practical advice on developing each of the competencies will be offered. This presentation aims to provide participants with knowledge about the leadership behaviors that help increase employee psychological well-being and help them develop the skills needed to become positive leaders.

Managing change while keeping employees healthy

Research indicates that in about 70% of cases, organizational change management is ineffective, and the causes of more related to human factors than to technical aspects. Health employees are better equipped to deal with organizational change and to remain productive during times of change. This presentation is geared towards providing managers with knowledge of the interpersonal aspects of effective change management and presenting the specific skills they need to develop to reduce employee resistance to change and increase employee well-being during change. Practical advice on managing organizational change and developing the interpersonal skills that will allow leaders to manage change while preserving employee mental health will be presented.

How to manage employee mental health

In this presentation, managers will learn about the different mental health symptoms that their employees may present. Furthermore, behaviors “red flags” of psychological distress in employees will be introduced to help managers know when they should intervene with employees. This presentation will provide managers with techniques for approaching employees when they are showing signs of psychological distress. In this presentation, I will introduce steps on how to intervene and the competencies required to approach and manage employees showing signs of psychological distress.

Celebrating diversity for leaders

Organizational culture and values are transmitted through leaders. As such, leaders need to act as role models when managing diversity in the workplace. Leaders need to understand the importance of their role in not only accepting diversity but celebrating it. By recognizing and using diversity to increase employee and team performance, managers will realize that they are also increasing employee well-being. Recognizing that there is strength in differences and recognizing employees for the diversity of their skills and talents, managers will lead effective and thriving teams. This presentation will address diversity related to age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background, physical disability, mental health, and individual differences associated with personality traits. In this presentation, I will discuss biases and I will present the impact of these biases on managers’ and employees’ thoughts and behaviors will be presented. Challenges in managing diversity will be addressed, and practical advice on how to lead by celebrating diversity will be offered.

Thank you for the clarity of your presentation, your dynamism and the tools that you will make available to us.

— Testimonal from a conference participant

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