Agents of change have a risky job. They are, by definition, a threat to the status quo. One of the more frightening ways that people react to such threats is with anger. …and as a Change Agent, don’t be surprised if sometimes that anger is directed straight at you! In my last article, we […]
. There are few more troubling emotions than the feeling that you’ve been left behind. It’s just as true for a kid who’s lost in the supermarket as it is for an adult who’s missed his connecting flight. It’s also true for the person you forgot to account for as a stakeholder in your change… […]
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.
Today is Father’s Day in the United States and a lot of Dads are getting new neckties and barbecue aprons to replace the ones they got last year. They’re getting hugs and handshakes and full days off from their day jobs as well as the yard work.
We lost my Dad a few years ago and it served as a stark reminder that we are all on this Earth for a very limited time – and that those who love us and depend upon us will hopefully miss us when we’re gone.
Warren Buffett knows a bit about money. He’s known as the “Oracle of Omaha” based on his lifelong track record for picking winners in the financial markets and turning poor performing companies into successful enterprises through shrewdly targeted investments of capital and talent. Few would question his intellect or clarity. Wise Words: One of my […]
Recent research has uncovered new levels of understanding about how the human brain deals with change. In my last article, I outlined some key findings of a Michigan State University study that identified patterns within the brain activity of people who were subjected to rule changes. I also offered three “Change Agent Take-Aways” based on […]
Have you ever wondered what goes on deep inside our brains as we face change? Are we pre-wired to embrace change or resist it? What can neuroscience tell us about the physical & chemical brain activity that takes place during the change adoption process? Today’s article introduces the first of a pair of expert opinions […]
Change Agents are often asked to make the case for their change in public settings. Launch events, employee meetings, town hall discussions and educational sessions all rely heavily on the art of public presentation. Building your skills in this area can be one of the best investments you will make in yourself as a Change […]
Great news! I’ve been added to the team of contributors on the Global Community Forum for ForwardMetrics! The facilitators of this forum describe it as “a global community of forward thinkers”. Contributors range from current and former C-Level executives to business coaches, senior consultants and facilitators who guide the development and execution of strategy. Material […]
Nineteen years ago this month, Nelson Mandela assumed the presidency of South Africa. His inauguration in Pretoria culminated Mandela’s self-titled “long walk to freedom” that had wound an incredible path across his country and the tapestry of global history. A Humble Hero: The nation’s first black President had left his childhood village of Mvezo in […]
Today’s ‘Link-O-Rama’ has a distinct focus on advice about how humans interact. There’s arguing, listening, situational awareness and all the drama of a street fight. Read on to learn more about authenticity, transparency and how people can actually conflict in a constructive way. -Steve 1. I Can See Right Through You: In this short […]
Earlier this year, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos was identified in a Harvard Business Review survey of his peers as the world’s Top CEO. That’s a pretty impressive accolade considering that many people – including some of these same peers – believed his business model was destined to failure when he launched Amazon (as Cadabra) not even […]