In Search Of…

Greetings Colleagues and Friends –

As a follow up to my e-book The Can Do Chronicles, I am currently writing The Can Do Workplace, which will be published this fall as an e-book and in paperback.

Because I believe in the power and importance of stories to bring concepts to life, I am looking for 20-24 individuals who work (or have worked) in Can Do Workplaces to participate in a 1/2 hour to 45 minute interview by phone or Skype. You will receive recognition in the book and two free copies of the book. Interested? See below for contact information.

My working definition and the critical elements of a Can Do Workplace are:

Can Do Workplace Definition: An intentional work environment that encourages, promotes and supports system-wide and individual employee excellence for change & growth. It is a place where strategic change, inspired growth and a persistent attitude of gratitude are the expectation and the norm.

I guess you could say that a Can Do Workplace is primarily a state of mind. It starts there – and it needs that – but it is so much more.

Critical Elements of A Can Do Workplace:

A Can Do Workplace provides regular opportunities for individuals to be heard, supported, recognized and thanked.

A Can Do Workplace calibrates operations to keep its mission, work and revenue in alignment.

A Can Do Workplace is not defined by the number of employees or the size of its expense-to-revenue budget. Its driving force is what people DO, individually and collectively to effect change and growth in their own work outcomes, that also creates ripples into the larger organization and the systems connected to it.

A Can Do Workplace is primarily defined by how its decisions are made – one after the other, day after day – to advance the mission of the organization. Not just the big decisions made by the leadership, but as, or more, important, decisions made by each individual worker.

A Can Do Workplace is goal and future focused. Goal-driven work is based on a clear understanding that change is constant and staying still means losing ground.

A Can Do Workplace does not waste time on what cannot be done, used to be done, assign blame or stay stuck in the past – or in the present.

A Can Do Workplace views and assesses and responds to internal and external fluctuations as opportunities for growth. It uses lessons learned to make adjustments and course-corrections to achieve its goals.

Where do you find Can Do Workplaces? They are EVERYWHERE! A Can Do Workplace can be the home office of a sole proprietor or consultant – a small business in a service industry with 2, 5 or 10 employees, such as a real estate, financial planning or technology business office – any of a wide-range of nonprofit agencies, associations and organizations – a hotel or a bed and breakfast – or, yes, even a cubicle within a government office or large corporation.

The interviews: I am interested in obtaining detailed information on how and why Can Do Workplaces have been established; what keeps the Can Do Workplaces going and growing; what impact the Great Recession and downsizing had on Can Do Workplace operations and outcomes; and, recommendations for transitioning the not-so Can Do! into Can Do Workplaces.

Please NOTE: I already have plenty of examples of CAN’T DO workplaces!

If you are interested in being interviewed, please email me at ccoridan at sbcglobal dot net with your contact information, including the type of organization (small business, corporation, association, nonprofit, etc.), your position in the organization and your general age range, and any other information you think will be helpful for me to make decisions and achieve depth and diversity in the group being interviewed. I plan to conduct the interviews in the next few weeks.

As my work on the book proceeds, I post questions generated during the interviews on the boards of my Linked In groups and also post some of the interview material on my Can Do Blog.

In my small way, I want to make a difference, and let others know that they can too. It’s what I CAN DO – and so can you! Together, we can build a CAN DO world.

Thank you!

Change Just Ahead


The Can Do Blog has been undergoing a bit of a makeover, and the work will continue as there is more change on the horizon.


The last few months have been quiet on the blog-front because, as you will see below, it has been a difficult and stressful time. In the spring, I began working on the expansion of my consulting practice, developing new applications for the Can Do model. But, things did not go as planned and my life became quite unsettled. My father began to have a rapid decline of his health and ability to function independently.  I was on the phone with my sister on a daily basis making new, hard, confusing decisions as we arranged for him to first have in-home care. Then, when he did not improve, he moved into a nursing facility and we began to make plans for his long term care. My sister, Beth and I shared his power of attorney, so we started learning about his finances, talking to lawyers and deciding what we needed to do with some of the pieces of his life – his community memberships, his business ventures, etc. We also worked hard to be most supportive of his wife, Marge.


Dad with me and Santa – Christmas 2010

Just as we were finalizing the plan to talk with him about some critical decisions, he took a quick trip to the ER. One of the nurses called my sister and told her that all of us needed to see him the next day because he had developed pneumonia and was being sent back to the nursing home for comfort care only. The following night – I had arrived mid-afternoon and saw him twice – he died peacefully in his sleep. The next weeks were a blur, filled with the funeral, high emotion, legal needs and a great deal of family negotiating. The house, which is the primary asset in his estate, is now on the market to be sold. There is still more work to be done, but not until it sells. I am planning to write a short e-book called Driving My Dad’s Car, where I will share more of this story – of the challenges and complexities of caring for and losing elderly parents.

So, now, finally, I am busy with the details and plans to expand my consulting practice, Coridan Consulting Services. In the next months, I will move it past being primarily a grant writing service, to offer a menu of services for nonprofits and small businesses in the areas of: 1) Organizational Development & Program Growth, 2) Training & Technical Assistance and  3) Writing Services. The Can Do Workplace Model, the centerpiece of the expansion, is in the last stages of development. The new website is being designed. The new business, and a new chapter in my life, will be launched in September.

This revitalized Can Do Blog will support, nurture and promote the Can Do Workplace Model.  It will also continue to provide me with a venue for sharing the more personal experiences and opportunities of the Can Do Life Model.

Getting ready for change…. it’s an exciting, great place to be. I am glad you are along to share the journey…. it’s going to be quite the adventure!