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What Change Agents Do!

Mar 08, 2013 1 Comment

One of my favorite authors has a birthday this week. . The late Theodor Seuss Geisel – known more widely as Dr. Seuss – was known for his clever rhyming verses, colorful madcap characters and endearing stories for children. . In his lifetime, he won two Oscars, two Emmys, a Pulitzer Prize and a Peabody […]

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Communicate in Context

Mar 05, 2013 No Comments

. In a recent article, I suggested that Change Agents need to answer eight critical questions when they plan for communication. Today I’ll dig a bit deeper into the first of those 8 questions: “What’s the context for this communication?” . Change Agent Tip #63: Communicate in Context. Why is Context So Important? Most of […]

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A Tankful of Tolerance

Mar 02, 2013 No Comments

Sometimes it takes a lot of tolerance to be a Change Agent. Expect to Face Some Heat: As people go through their natural reactions to change, we get bombarded from time to time with negativity, insecurity, doubt and frustration.   We might be surprised to hear these emotions from people who had previously been quiet or even […]

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In Praise of Procrastination

Feb 27, 2013 No Comments

. Sometimes it’s best to just quit. Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow? Before you panic and think that I’ve changed my entire proactive approach to helping organizations deal with change, let me explain. In today’s collection of change-related links from around the internet, we have stories about why it may make […]

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The 8 Whats of Communciation

Feb 21, 2013 2 Comments

Change Agents are often asked to create and coordinate the delivery of critical messages about an upcoming change.   Over the years, I’ve seen some phenomenal communicators deliver powerful change messages using the written word, speeches, websites, multi-media presentations and all sorts of other tools. Common Denominators for Success: One thing each of these success […]

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Executing Strategy and the Comfort Zone

Feb 19, 2013 No Comments

. This week’s stash of articles has ideas about inclusive leadership, taking on the tough work of implementing the strategies we dream up and an overview of the “Levers of Change”. . Enjoy the material, pass it along to your friends and continue to send along your ideas for future posts. .   1. No […]

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Activity or Accomplishment?

Feb 15, 2013 2 Comments

Sometimes it’s easier to get busy than it is to get things done… That can be a real problem for Change Agents. Of course we want our people and our teams to be cracking that whip and getting things done every hour of the work day. But are they working on the right priorities? Seeing […]

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The Change Curve

Feb 13, 2013 3 Comments

One of the more useful concepts that has arisen from the formal study of Organizational Change Management is the “Change Adoption Curve“. But before you toss it out as more consultant blather, I’d encourage you to consider its merits and limitations. The curve presents the simple idea that people tend to go through a predictable […]

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The Art of Showing Up

Feb 11, 2013 No Comments

. Today’s batch of change-related links covers topics that range from improving your company’s culture to being a better leader and practicing what I call “the art of showing up”. . Enjoy the articles and make it a great week! . 1. Cultivating Change By Showing Up: Change Agents know that it’s hard to generate momentum […]

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Attitude Determines Altitude

Feb 05, 2013 No Comments

    No single factor can make or break your success as a Change Agent more directly than the attitude you choose to bring to your work.     An honest, upbeat attitude can help you be helpful to others. It can enable you to create your own luck and build unseen momentum for your change.     […]

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Thinkin’ and Linkin’

Feb 02, 2013 No Comments

. Today’s collection of topics from around the internet includes some insights on Social Media, Project Management and The Pursuit of Perfection. Enjoy! -Steve . 1.  Vast Goals Require More than a Half-Vast Strategy: Change Agents (and Sponsors) take note: It’s hard to accomplish big changes without a well-formed strategy and rigorous follow-through. In this […]

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It’s not about you. It’s about THEM!

Jan 31, 2013 1 Comment

Today’s article is written by a guest author. Jay Surti is a coach, NLP Trainer and mentor with a passion for authentic communication.   She’s a former litigation lawyer who now works with corporate executives to help them with leadership development and transforming their communication.   Here are Jay’s thoughts on why authenticity matters and […]

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Above the Clouds

Jan 27, 2013 No Comments

I was flying cross-country the other day after a long week of work when I noticed this beautiful scene out the window. It reminded me that most things worth doing involve some hidden elements. They may also be bigger and more complex than they first appear. But that shouldn’t frighten us away from taking them […]

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The Data Made Me Do It

Jan 22, 2013 No Comments

“No plan survives contact with the enemy.” – Field Marshall Helmuth von Moltke (as paraphrased in The Swordbearers : Studies in Supreme Command in the First World War (1963) by Correlli Barnett Resistance to change, unexpected stakeholder challenges and failed adoption are all enemies of successful change. Change Agents should heed the Field Marshall’s insight and expect that they […]

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Changing Minds

Jan 10, 2013 No Comments

I took this photo of the Truckee River in Northeast California late one evening this past summer. It was getting dark, so I wasn’t sure if there was even enough light to get the shot. I tried about 25 different combinations of exposure, shutter speed, ISO, etc. I even snapped some combinations twice in case […]

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This and That

Jan 07, 2013 No Comments

As promised, today’s post is a quick collection of links related to Change and other topics I found interesting. Click around to read more and use the comment feature to let me know what you think. Without further ado… … 1 … Change Or Die: This article by Alan Deutschman came out a while ago […]

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A Fresh New Look for the New Year!

Jan 06, 2013 No Comments

.. Welcome to the newly re-vamped website for theBigRocks! My son Joe and I have been working over the past few weeks to design and test the new site and then bring all of the original content forward. Our new WordPress theme is called “Newscast”. It’s a bit more visual and easier to navigate than […]

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