Speaker, Author, Trainer and Consultant, nationally recognized expert on Mobbing/Bullying, Gail is a graduate of Penn State University, did post-graduate education certificate work at the University of South Florida, and is a member of American Mensa. She founded Innovations “Training With a Can-Do Attitude” ®, located in central Iowa, in 1998.
She has over 25 years of professional experience in administration, recruitment, training, and motivation. Her background includes the Health and Human Services Industries with experience in acute care, long term care, hospice, and MH/MR/DD, as well as national recruiting, and personnel consulting.
Gail’s teaching and management experience in education has included working with special needs populations, at-risk, alternative education and adult education. Operating from the basic premise that ‘all people want and have the right to be treated with dignity and respect … no exceptions’ she travels nationally to conduct staff and supervisory training for both profit and not-for-profit organizations and a see-it/stop-it/prevent-it approach to emotional abuse in schools and workplaces. She designs sessions upon request to address specific needs and timely issues, and is a featured speaker at conferences as well as a sought after media expert on workplace and school violence.
Gail has been a guest on such programs as MSNBC’s Deborah Norville Tonight, ABC World News Now television programs and the Workplace Violence Today program on talk radio as well as local television news and radio talk programs.
Gail is author of the 2003 book School Mobbing and Emotional Abuse: See It – Stop It – Prevent It with Dignity and Respect, “Food For Thought” – a weekly newsletter that has been distributed internationally by email since 2000, and is co-author of the 1999 book Mobbing: Emotional Abuse in the American Workplace.
Her articles have appeared not only in printed media, but some can be viewed on the Internet on such sites as the Iowa Business Network, TopAchievement.com, Motivating Moments, and LivingLifeFully.com She has created mobbing awareness posters for both schools and workplaces, inspirational posters, and writes and designs all of her training, motivation, and inspirational materials.
- Mobbing : Risk Management “Double Whammy” – See It, Stop It, Prevent It. Experiencing high turnover, low morale, decreased productivity, high absenteeism? This term may be new to you but you will quickly recognize the behavior. One or more individuals gang up to force someone out of the workplace through rumor, innuendo, intimidation, discrediting, humiliation, and wrongly portray the targeted person as being at fault. Mobbing seriously damages people, destroys teamwork and trust, negatively impacts organizational effectiveness, contributes to violence and can leave an organization open to costly compensation claims. This subtle and status-blind form of harassment puts everyone at risk. Awareness is the key to prevention. Gail is co-author of the book “Mobbing: Emotional Abuse In the American Workplace,” the first book addressing this subject to appear in the United States.
- The Power of Dignity and Respect: Insight – Awareness – Personal Power. Most people agree that they want to be treated with dignity and respect. When asked to define these terms, however, the answers may be very diverse. Dignity and Respect is a process that has to start within each of us. It begins with the way we communicate with ourselves, label ourselves, and see ourselves. This becomes our reality. Our own sense of this reality becomes the basis of how we treat others. We have the power to make each day joyous or miserable. We have the power to do that for others too. This session builds self esteem and personal dignity. Think you can’t change the world? You already have! Learn why treating others with dignity and respect benefits us.
- Reward and Recognition on a Limited Budget – Surface vs Substance. How can handing someone a banana be more meaningful than a trip to the islands? Let’s face it. Company T-shirts, mugs, picnics, bonus trips, and even raises are simply a temporary distraction if people are treating each other like dirt on a daily basis or thwarting each other’s work efforts to grab whatever this month’s brass ring happens to be. Identify elements in your work environment that are de-motivating your staff. Learn simple strategies for ongoing, meaningful recognition that will help you get the maximum benefit from your incentive and rewards program. Includes the basic steps for setting up a new program and/or evaluating the one you have.
Gail Pursell Elliott