Archive for Stakeholder Readiness

The Trojan Horse Inside the Walls of Change

Apr 14, 2013 No Comments

Sometimes the best plan of attack is an inside job… Today’s article is written by a guest blogger named Robert Blaga. Robert is a full-time trainer for a European based multinational company and he’s passionate about leadership, communication and learning. I highly encourage you to check out his blog for internal trainers at http://robertblaga.com/. There […]

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The Benefit of Brevity

Apr 11, 2013 No Comments

Thomas Jefferson loved to write – not only because he was good at it, but because he knew it to be one of the most effective ways to motivate people toward social progress. Prior to serving as the third US President, he was was entrusted by the Founding Fathers to draft the Declaration of Independence […]

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Play Ball!

Apr 08, 2013 No Comments

Change Agents can learn from the Spring Training approach taken by baseball teams. Get your team ready for the Season of Change & Play Ball!

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Here’s the Windup … And the Pitch!

Apr 04, 2013 No Comments

Change Agents would do well to heed the simple, straight-forward advice of former Baltimore Orioles pitching coach Ray Miller when he counseled young hurlers to “Work Fast.Throw Strikes. Change Speeds.”

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Profit from Resistance to Change

Mar 30, 2013 No Comments

Charge for air. Sell tickets to a Museum of Dead Business Models. Instead of charging people $5 to look at products in their store, I’d suggest this Australian retailer consider Nine tongue-in-cheek suggestions for how to raise revenue off of app-wielding reverse price-gouging deadbeats. Seriously, you need to try a fresh approach!

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Bricks and Mortar Forever!

Mar 28, 2013 No Comments

A retailer in Australia is charging customers 5 dollars to browse products without buying. Is it wise to discourage “research shopping” or is this just resistance to change?

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Patience As a Form of Action

Mar 22, 2013 1 Comment

I’ve been told – as most leaders are told during their careers –  that taking action is critical to success. We’re rewarded for doing. We’re rewarded for results. The unfortunate flip side of this prejudice for action is that leaders are not typically rewarded for stopping and thinking before taking action. . I’ve also noticed […]

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Stop Saying That!

Mar 20, 2013 No Comments

Work Out Your Brain, Change Your World and while you’re at it, Stop Saying That! Today’s collection of articles range from tips on how to be more creative to a pair of lists of self-limiting things we all need to quit saying.  Enjoy the insights and pass along any links you think would be worth […]

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the twitter effect

Mar 12, 2013 No Comments

. Do You Tweet? If so, you are in the distinct minority of Americans. Are you a liberal or a conservative? Are you young, old or middle-aged? It turns out your answer to the second and third questions may influence your answer to the first one… To Tweet or Not to Tweet? Some good lessons […]

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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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