Archive for June, 2011

Treat Your Change As a Project

Jun 26, 2011 4 Comments by

Sometimes the work of Change Agents gets labeled as being “soft” stuff. I agree that the best Change Agents have great “soft skills” in the areas of communication, adult learning, facilitation and problem-solving. But another set of skills that are often associated with project management are equally critical to a successful change effort. I encourage […]

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Change Agent Tip #4: Be Careful Driving the Bus

Jun 20, 2011 4 Comments by

Sponsors and Change Agents often use a common metaphor when they encourage the targets of their change to “get on the bus before it leaves“. When it comes to helping people deal with change, the only outcomes worse than seeing stakeholders miss that bus could be seeing them get on the wrong bus or even […]

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Father’s Day Tribute

Jun 18, 2011 1 Comment

June 19th 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. I lost my Dad a few years ago and it was a stark reminder that we are all on this Earth for a limited time – […]

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Rockin’ the Radio!

Jun 17, 2011 No Comments

You can hear theBigRocks on the radio! I recently did an interview with Lori Ruff and Mike O’Neil of Rock the World Media for their radio program called “Rock the World with LinkedIn“. The show aired earlier this week on WebmasterRadio.FM. An archive of the interview can be streamed at their show’s website: (My […]

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Change Agent Tip #3: Engage Your Boss – and Their Boss

Jun 12, 2011 4 Comments

Most significant change initiatives show up on the radar of your organization’s leadership team at some point. The most effective changes are given executive sponsorship attention early in the planning stages. The classic disasters are noticed only when things go wrong. The best Change Agents aggressively verify Sponsorship all the way up the org chart. […]

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Change Agent Tip #2: Communicate Using Multiple Channels

Jun 08, 2011 No Comments

Change Agents seeking to plant key messages about their change in the minds of stakeholders must compete with a growing cacophony of information being fed to their target audience. A great way to be heard is to deliver consistent, clear messages using many different channels.Here’s a short list of stakeholder channels I’ve seen or used […]

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Change Agent Tip #1 – Define Your Change

Jun 06, 2011 No Comments

It may seem like an obvious thing to do, but many organizations begin rolling out big changes with no clear definition of what they’re changing or who needs to know about it. Here are a few pointers on how to effectively define your change: Write it Down: Capture the definition of your change in writing. […]

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100 Tips – 200 Words – 300 Days

Jun 05, 2011 2 Comments

This week we’re starting a new series on theBigRocks called “100 Tips for Change Agents” and we will need your help!  We’re looking for suggestions to help Change Agents as they tackle organizational change challenges of all sizes, types and dimensions. Here’s My Part: Here are my three guiding principles as keeper of the list: […]

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He Said – She Said – They Said – We Said

Jun 04, 2011 1 Comment

One of the more famous movie lines from the 1960’s comes from the Paul Newman classic “Cool Hand Luke”.  A road prison guard (played by the late, great character actor Strother Martin) addressed what he had just discovered to be the reason why a prisoner named Luke (played by Newman) keeps trying to escape: “What […]

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