How many times have you heard people in an organization say, we can?t change until Senior Management makes the change? And, of course, this means everyone is paralyzed with a good excuse for inaction. The most common belief about culture change is that executives must lead and model the change in order for the rest […]
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The Shocking Discovery of a True Culture Change In 1988, I was hired to facilitate a leadership development series for a group of middle managers. However, instead of providing a set of isolated skills such as planning, time management, conflict resolution, and performance management, I approached the development similar to my projects involving changing the […]
Completing my graduate work in Organization Development back in 1978, I came away with the belief that true culture change couldn’t be changed deliberately. While I heard of many organizations that experienced change, most cases reported reverting back to their old culture within a relatively short period of time. And, then it was a mystery […]
Despite the fact we enroll in leadership development and training programs, or as an athlete or performer enlist the assistance of skills-focused coaches, it is very important to not lose sight of who we are. Be wary of measuring your worth against
During times of internal and external organizational change leaders need to be on the watch to prevent the viral spread of the cancerous diseases of judgment, fear and rumor. Once we form an opinion against another person that they are not doing enough, we tend to want to prove
Quite often when organizations step into the challenges of downsizing, relocating operations to a new city, or merging with another firm, they do not sufficiently address the human side of things. It isn’t really the
Leaders are expected to take ownership for new levels of performance, cost savings and responsiveness, often in an environment of rising demands and limited resources. The rapid implementation of new solutions and
Are you thinking small, even though you have big dreams?? Being able to show up in our strength depends upon an ability to be open to a bigger and better future with the help of a new picture of success ? not just
Despite our best of intentions and diligence in constructing plans, life shows up. An unexpected incident can feel like an interruption or an annoying-to-threatening disruption, when in truth even the best-of-intentioned plans are temporary! Recovery plans include
Sometimes our history can really get in our way and keep us playing small. We get caught up in worry and fear, or our old selves show us getting us caught up in the situation. This prevents us from