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I Didn’t Even Realize I Was Baking

Nov 10, 2010 3 Comments

As a part of rolling out big changes, I sometimes teach a series of workshops called Project Management-101. In the workshops, I help change teams understand and apply the most basic techniques of project management to reach their goals. One of the most refreshing things about helping people who are new to this field is […]

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Tech Time-Wasters

Nov 06, 2010 No Comments

Many Brits cheered new British Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent ban on cell phone use during cabinet meetings.  Cameron, who is an avid technophile himself, (his favorite cell phone game is reportedly Angry Birds) reasoned that the entire group would be more focused and would conduct the people’s business more quickly by paying full attention.  […]

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FTW: Giant Lessons Learned

Nov 03, 2010 No Comments

Fans of American Major League Baseball tuned in last Monday night to watch the San Francisco Giants win the World Series over the Texas Rangers. I like both teams and didn’t have a particular favorite in the contest, but I did grow to appreciate the Giants for how they got into the championship series and […]

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8 Big Rocks Part-II

Nov 01, 2010 No Comments

Today I’ll share the final four items on my list of Big Rocks that those in charge of making change happen should consider.  These ideas were inspired by the answers I received from members of a LinkedIn discussion forum when I asked this question: “What should you plan for when you’re in charge of making […]

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8 Big Rocks

Oct 31, 2010 2 Comments

A few weeks ago I posted the following question on a LinkedIn discussion forum for the group “Organizational Change Practitioners“: “What should you plan for when you’re in charge of making change happen?” I  received back a wealth of great responses from the group and this week’s first couple posts are inspired by their useful […]

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Rockin’ the Vote for Change!

Oct 27, 2010 No Comments

It’s election time in the US. We’re being inundated with TV advertisements and billboards claiming that the world will quickly turn around if we’d just vote correctly – and the world may end if we mess it up. Since I live in Florida, a.k.a. “the land of close elections and hanging chad“, you can imagine […]

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Soldier, Statesman, Leader

Oct 25, 2010 No Comments

Earlier I discussed two of my four favorite traits of former US Secretary of State and Four-Star Army General Colin Powell. The four traits I admired upon reading his autobiography were his humility, flexibility, raw leadership gifts and problem-solving skills. The fact that he used these skills consistently from the battlefield to the boardroom makes […]

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Four-Star Leadership

Oct 24, 2010 No Comments

A few years ago I read the autobiography of former US Secretary of State and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Four-Star Army General Colin Powell. Agree or disagree with his politics, one cannot help but be struck by four compelling traits he has demonstrated in his public and private life: his humility, […]

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When Shall We Be Free?

Oct 21, 2010 1 Comment

Yesterday I talked about how important it is to have a clear purpose for your meetings.  Today I want to focus on how you can honor the time investment that people make when they attend your group gatherings. When Shall We Be Free? Have you ever found yourself checking your watch, iPhone, laptop or a […]

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Closure or Exposure?

Oct 20, 2010 No Comments

As part of my work helping people and teams handle change, I’ve developed a workshop and a set of tools to help teams make more effective use of the time they spend in meetings. I gave this material a clever name: “theBigRocks of Effective Meetings“.  OK, maybe it’s not so clever, but I want to […]

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Follow theBigRocks on Twitter, RSS & eMail

Oct 19, 2010 No Comments

Keep up with the latest observations from theBigRocks and me (Steve Chihos) on Twitter by adding @chihos to the list of those you follow. Click the Subscribe link on the menu bar above to get an email alert whenever a fresh post goes up on this site. Click the RSS link on the very top […]

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Keep Calm and Carry On

Oct 16, 2010 2 Comments

You may be familiar with an interesting little red book of quotes put out by Andrews McMeel Publishing a couple years ago called “Keep Calm and Carry On.”  The book’s familiar design and title are drawn from a poster that was created by the British Ministry of Information for British soldiers before World War II. […]

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Chilean Miracle

Oct 15, 2010 3 Comments

Watching the Chilean miners being pulled up from a dark, hot hole nearly a half-mile underground made me think of a few lessons we can learn about teamwork: Take charge and sharpen your definition of success. For the miners it was simple: survive to be rescued.  For those at the surface it was simple: build […]

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Meet the New Boss – Same as the Old Boss

Oct 12, 2010 No Comments

I had a few people ask me to post a pair of follow up questions to yesterday’s article about what a new boss can do to get off on the right foot.  So here they are: (You can click “leave a comment” below or click the title of this post to get a page that […]

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Don’t Out-Kick Your Coverage!

Oct 11, 2010 No Comments

This is my son Ben:  He’s an SQL programmer and he brought up a cool sports analogy the other day that really applies to the leadership role in team dynamics – especially the scenario where a “new boss” is asked to take over a team or a project.  As we talked, Ben brought up the […]

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In The Arena

Oct 07, 2010 No Comments

One of my favorite quotes of all time is attributed to US President Theodore Roosevelt. “Teddy” spoke directly to Change Leaders, Change Agents and Receivers of Change when he said the following at the Sorbonne in Paris on April 23, 1910: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how […]

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Critical Success Factors for SAP SRM

Oct 07, 2010 1 Comment

As promised, today’s post is a summary of the material I co-presented with a client today at the America’s SAP User’s Group (ASUG) Fall Focus in Orlando.  We talked about some of the most important things to consider when implementing SAP’s Supplier Relationship Management (SRM), but these critical success factors could be applied to almost […]

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