Archive for Stakeholder Readiness

The Art of Showing Up

Feb 11, 2013 No Comments by

. 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 by

    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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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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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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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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