Archive for June, 2013

In a Van Down by the River

Jun 30, 2013 2 Comments by

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!

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Comin’ Up Around the Bend

Jun 22, 2013 No Comments by

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.

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Glory Days

Jun 19, 2013 1 Comment

…The Benefits of Looking Back: Knowing the past is critical to understanding the future. Most of us would agree that changes make more sense to us once we’re able to place then in context. It helps to know how the change “fits in” with our past and current world.

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A Fathers Day Tribute

Jun 16, 2013 2 Comments

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.

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Rock Concert or Ballet?

Jun 13, 2013 No Comments

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 […]

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Brain Benders for Change Agents

Jun 09, 2013 No Comments

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 […]

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