During the week surrounding Earth Day 2013, I wrote one of the most popular series of articles in the history of this blog. It was all about how each of us can be Change Agents for more than just some new market expansion, business transformation, or technology adoption. We can change the planet for the […]
As Change Agents, we will probably find ourselves accountable for communicating with some stakeholders who hang on our every word and others who totally ignore us until it’s nearly too late. We need to try every method in our toolkit to reach each type of stakeholder in ways that result in their tuning in and responding with action.
Have you ever been frustrated with the design of a product you’ve purchased to use at home or at work? Do you sometimes wish companies put as much effort into listening to their customers as they put into marketing to them? One of the most commonly discussed Change Agent topics when it comes to product-oriented […]
Unnecessary conflict is a serious waste of time. It’s also an incredible waste of money. According to a 2008 study sponsored by the team that publishes the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), U.S. employees spent an average of 2.8 hours per week dealing with workplace conflict. If we consider just the salaries and paid benefits of […]
Watching the Kansas City Royals & San Francisco Giants battle it out this week reminds me of a baseball legend from the 1948 pennant chase. It’s a story about baseball, superstars and heroic effort. It’s also about leveraging your best people in clutch situations while avoiding the urge to over-rely on your ace players and put team goals at risk.
I have never seen meaningful change happen without someone taking a risk.
By definition, taking a risk implies that you may very likely lose something and that’s why a lot of people would rather sit on the sidelines and wait for someone else to stick their neck out before jumping into the innovation arena.
Effective Change Agents do not get by so easily. They need to enter the battle ahead of their peers.
In order to impact your team for the good, you’ll need to be a risk-taker.
People go through a somewhat predictable process as they first encounter change and then work toward accepting it or rejecting it. How that adoption process unfolds can differ quite a bit from person to person, but almost everyone can benefit from interacting with a peer who understands their challenge. It can be even more helpful if that peer has already dealt with some of the issues and concerns brought on by the change.
Secure your own mask before assisting others! Dig Into the change: Seek first to understand the goals and underlying rationale for the upcoming change. Get involved with the team implementing the change whenever that opportunity is presented. Instead of waiting for the last minute to learn about what’s coming, go find out for yourself.
Good News! After a nice, long and refreshing break from writing, I’m jumping back into the mix this week. So theBigRocks of Change will be coming back with more free tips to help Change Agents be more effective. Look for the first article in a new series on Change Agent Skills to be posted tomorrow. […]
I love summer. I especially enjoy the Independence Day break that seems to always begin around the time the weather starts to get really hot across the United States. This year we are lucky to be celebrating the holiday with our son’s family in Round Rock, Texas. The pace of our last couple days has […]
Matt Foley was loud and rude, badly out of shape, obviously out of a job, and wildly out of the mainstream when it came to motivational speakers. He also wallowed in self-pity and inadvertently focused on the negative aspects of a given situation. Yes, he’s just an SNL skit character, but wow… He sure was an lousy Change Agent!
Big-Time Warning: Don’t make stuff up! Don’t needlessly scare people as a tactic to motivate your change. If the sky really isn’t going to fall if they don’t embrace the change, don’t scream and run in circles with your wings flapping – you’ll lose credibility quickly once people discover the truth.