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Willingness to Change

Jan 04, 2013 2 Comments

. . . Lasting change starts with our willingness to consider alternatives. I’ve found this to be true for groups – but just as importantly – for myself and other Change Agents. The mighty rivers of life, progress and decay all roll on whether we choose to actively engage in making decisions that could influence […]

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Data vs Information

Dec 15, 2012 No Comments

When it comes to tracking change adoption, identifying levels of change support or uncovering pockets of change resistance, data may be king, but information should rule your decision-making process. In my last article, I introduced a way for Change Agents to gather and apply accurate data related to change support, adoption and resistance. It all […]

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Data Is King

Dec 06, 2012 1 Comment

“Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be counted counts.” –Einstein Change Agents need data. They need data that gives insight into change adoption factors such as: How many people will be affected by this change? In what different ways will stakeholders be impacted? How hard will this change be […]

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What You See Depends Upon Where You Look

Dec 02, 2012 No Comments

I love pineapple upside down cake. If you’re a pineapple fan and you haven’t tried it, you need to. When it’s done right, there are few better desserts on the planet. To satisfy my sweet tooth, I plan to bake one of these beauties the next time I have a bit of time and access […]

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In the Spirit of Thanksgiving

Nov 26, 2012 No Comments

***** Note: this article was originally published in November 2012 and updated in February 2015  *****   It’s Cyber Monday, and I’m sure everyone is busy shopping at work, but I wanted to wish you all a Happy Belated Thanksgiving! In keeping with a tradition we started a couple years ago here at theBigRocks, I’ll […]

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Change-Friendly Leadership

Nov 14, 2012 No Comments

The last article on theBigRocks was authored by our first-ever guest writer.  Dr. Rodger Dean Duncan is an accomplished Change Agent who worked for several decades in the field before capturing his methods in a book called “Change Friendly Leadership“. He shared part of his new book in that post. I would encourage you to […]

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Your Brain Has A Mind of Its Own – No Kidding.

Nov 04, 2012 1 Comment

Today we’ll mix it up a bit here at theBigRocks. I’ll yield the floor to a guest. He’s a great Change Agent who’s developed some amazing insights based on several decades guiding change from the trenches to the executive suites of organizations around the world. I’d like you to meet Dr. Rodger Dean Duncan. If […]

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Cool is Always In Fashion

Nov 01, 2012 No Comments

I’m up in the mountains today and even though the calendar and the weatherman predicted it, one of this year’s first blasts of wintery weather caught me off guard. It also looks to have altered the clothing choices of most folks – including me.  A nice, warm coat is definitely this week’s hot fashion accessory. […]

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As A Rule: Keep Your Cool

Oct 27, 2012 2 Comments

Ugh.  It’s election season in the United States and the rhetoric is flying in every direction. Since I live in the “swing state” of Florida, it’s nearly impossible to watch television for five minutes without being told who’s going to raise my taxes or destroy my future. Regular readers of this blog know that I […]

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No Heroes, No Villains

Oct 23, 2012 8 Comments

One of my all-time favorite movies was released 25 years ago this month. People who love The Princess Bride would tell you there are few movies more packed with heroes, villains, action, romance, intrigue and humor. For those who don’t get what all the fuss is about…  I encourage you to grab a bowl of […]

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In Charge or In Control?

Oct 04, 2012 No Comments

Few professional skills will correlate more closely with your ability to lead change as your ability to facilitate influential groups through critical discussions and timely decisions. Being able to guide people as they define their goals for a given interaction – and then consistently reach those outcomes – is a big part of helping your […]

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A Learning Attitude

Oct 01, 2012 No Comments

So far in this series, I’ve focused on how Change Agents can be more effective by learning and applying the art of facilitation to their routine work. We’ve talked about different ways that people think and how good facilitators pay attention to this variance as they guide group discussions and decisions. Over the next few […]

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Left-Right-Left

Sep 23, 2012 No Comments

I wonder if the cattle-driving skills I learned as a child growing up on a farm in Minnesota influenced my interest in group facilitation. Long before the catchphrase “herding cats” became popular, I had come to enjoy pulling and pushing strong-willed people through challenging processes. Based on that experience, I firmly believe that the art […]

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Brain Check

Sep 19, 2012 1 Comment

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I found a great illustration that might come in handy when it comes to helping Facilitators understand how creative people and logical thinkers can work together to get things done. Check this out: This cartoon really demonstrated for me the vast differences in the way that […]

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The Art of Facilitation

Sep 12, 2012 No Comments

As a Change Agent, one of my most common roles is that of “Facilitator”.  One moment I will be asked to guide an executive team as they make tough decisions. The next, I’ll help resolve a personality dispute that’s blocking team success. As a neutral Facilitator, I’m often called to help an individual or a […]

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Making Sense of Silence

Aug 25, 2012 No Comments

In my last post, I described what often happens when Change Agents and Sponsors of Change fail to communicate with their stakeholders. I suggested that people could interpret a lack of communication in one of several negative ways. They might think you’re telling them: 1. “This change is simply not a priority.” – After all, […]

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What You’re Communicating By Not Communicating

Aug 07, 2012 2 Comments

Change Agent Tip #40: Don’t Wait. Communicate. It’s hard to over-emphasize the value of communicating with stakeholders when you’re implementing change.  “Failure to Communicate” is consistently listed as one of the top causes of lackluster change results even though common logic, past experience and routine risk management would tell us to err on the side […]

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