Episode 14 – Eric Williamson on How to Make an Impact When You Work with Jerks (and How to Not Be a Jerk Yourself)

As human beings, we are neurobiologically hardwired for connection. In this insightful conversation I have with Eric Williamson, we talk about how success is dependent upon our ability to form and maintain great relationships with others. He shares his lessons learned from letting his Ego take over and becoming a work jerk (i.e., someone who does not use social skills as a necessary job skill and fails to manage their emotions), how we can avoid the same fate, and how we can still get stuff done when we are faced with jerks. We also talk about the importance and value of being willing to take in feedback, look in the mirror and wade in the messy middle to work on ourselves. I hope you’ll leave our conversation with a newfound appreciation of continuing to work on ourselves, questions to ask to effectively move forward (vs. raise defensiveness), and ways to be effective - even if you find yourself surrounded by jerks.

Guest Info

Eric L. Williamson, President & CEO - Tailored Training Solutions

Eric is the president and CEO of Tailored Training Solutions, a small business that works with organizations that want to create an environment where employees are engaged, appreciated, and developed into leaders. Eric is a keynote speaker who is often referred to as the “Connector” for his ability to make his message resonate with groups, or as the “Change maker” for his ability to inspire change and improve morale by coaching people to bring out their very best. He is known for his empathic, engaging, down-to-earth style. Eric’s fusion of real-life stories and his conversational techniques connect with his audience at an intimate, intense and individual level.

Eric’s desire to see others improve, survive and thrive in the workplace is what drives him to help others succeed. He has delivered motivational speeches and programs to businesses and organizations throughout the country. He helps professionals at all levels to take steps to improve their workplace relationships with all types of people in the work environment ... especially the ones who are, let’s face it, jerks.

Eric received national attention in NBC, ABC, FOX, and CBS news for his expertise in leadership development stating, “Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the key component of being a successful leader; and is the most important skill that will help you thrive in today’s ever-changing business environment.” He was recently featured in Training Industry, the most trusted source of information on the business of learning, for his insight in helping business leaders leverage EQ by employing a three step process that has helped improve human interaction, workplace relationships, employee engagement and customer satisfaction. 

Eric earned his bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College in 2002, and his MBA at the University of New Haven in 2008. He lives in Maryland with his wife and daughter, and is eagerly awaiting the arrival of a second child at the time of publishing this book. Eric loves to grill food outdoors no matter the weather. He enjoys salsa music and loves to go salsa dancing. When he’s not working, he’s often vacationing at the beach with his family.


 Show Notes

How to Work with Jerks: Getting Stuff Done with People You Can’t Stand by Eric L. Williamson

No matter how talented, gifted or experienced, and no matter what role we serve or title we carry, our level of success isn't measured based on the work we produce; it's measured based on the relationships we build. Whatever we do and wherever we work -- jerks are all around us. In this book, Eric offers a clear strategy via a training guide for dealing with jerks in the workplace. 

Tailored Training Solutions - this is Eric’s company where you can learn more about their training and workshops.

Guide to Managing Difficult Relationships - this free resource helps you diffuse tense situations and mitigate conflict.


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