Archive for Change Leadership

The Change Curve

Dec 08, 2010 10 Comments

One of the more useful concepts that has come out of the formal study of Organizational Change Management is the simple idea that people go through a predictable cycle as they adopt or reject a change. By anticipating how people will go through this transition, a Change Agent can help stakeholders by giving them what […]

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Shoot or Dish the Rock?

Dec 05, 2010 1 Comment

Shoot or Dish the Rock? That’s the question facing every basketball player each time they touch the ball. I love to watch basketball – especially at the college level where the athletes are talented enough to dazzle us yet still inexperienced enough to make crushing mistakes on a national television stage. And what’s the most […]

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Don’t Forget to Laugh

Dec 01, 2010 2 Comments

One of my favorite lines from the classic comedy movie Airplane takes place as passenger-turned-emergency pilot Ted Striker – who’s at a loss for how to land a damaged aircraft – begs another passenger Dr. Rumack for ideas: Ted Striker: Surely there must be something you can do. Dr. Rumack: I am doing everything I […]

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Tell Her About It!

Nov 24, 2010 3 Comments

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the States.  It’s a time to appreciate all of the great things we have and the wonderful people who surround us. Today’s post is about appreciating the people we work with. I let the music randomly shuffle on my iPod as I went for a run the other day… and […]

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What Would Joe Friday Do?

Nov 21, 2010 1 Comment

I encourage Change Leaders to use Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) as a great way to pass along concise, accurate answers to their stakeholders’ most common questions. As I’ve shared over the past few days, FAQ’s have some great advantages: they’re inexpensive, easy to distribute and easy to target in the direction of potential resistance to […]

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Cool Your Cakes!

Nov 14, 2010 2 Comments

People, People, People!  Project Management would be so much easier if it were not for the challenge of managing people, right? Today’s article will focus on the human side as we wrap up a list of project management best practices I’ve learned from the kitchen. Context: The 1933 cookbook “All About Home Baking” suggested 6 […]

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It Takes the Best to Make the Best

Nov 12, 2010 No Comments

Today I’ll continue walking through a list of six project management rules that I started a couple days ago. These maxims are based on a collection of “rules for baking” which I discovered in my batter-&-splatter-stained copy of the 1933 General Foods Cookbook called “All About Home Baking“. Wednesday’s rule was “Be Orderly“. PM’s can […]

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Tools to Make or Break the Baking of a Cake

Nov 11, 2010 No Comments

Yesterday I introduced the first of six project management tips drawn from a list of baking advice I found in one of my favorite old references: a 1933 General Foods Cookbook called “All About Home Baking“.  I use this list when teaching a series of workshops I call PM-101 to illustrate how effective project management […]

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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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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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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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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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