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Change Agent Tip #20: Accentuate the Positive!

Jan 15, 2012 No Comments by

Most of us have heard the old adage “Change is Good“. As regular readers of this blog know, I don’t completely agree with that cliche.  After guiding changes for dozens of clients and tens of thousands of stakeholders, my version of the cliche reads more like this: “Good change is good and bad change is […]

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Top Ten Things I’m Thankful For

Nov 24, 2011 1 Comment by

It’s Thanksgiving Day in the States and like last year, I thought it might be a good idea to park the heavy topics I usually discuss here and instead share my 2011 Top Ten List of Things I’m Thankful For… So here it is: 10. Friends: I’m grateful for the hundreds of personal and professional […]

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Steve Jobs: The Ultimate Change Agent

Oct 05, 2011 No Comments

This world lost the ultimate Change Agent yesterday when Steve Jobs passed away. I’m completely enamored with Apple products but I’m even more of a fan of the man who dreamed many of them up. In honor of his genius, here are 20 of my my favorite quotes from a true master in the Art […]

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Understanding What Makes People Tick

Sep 28, 2011 3 Comments

This is Wendy Appel. She’s one of the world’s foremost experts on a tool called the Enneagram which sheds light on people’s underlying core beliefs and motivations. Even more importantly, it can help people use this understanding to be more effective in nearly any setting that requires humans to interact. So What’s an Enneagram? The […]

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More Rockin’ the Radio!

Sep 12, 2011 No Comments

Starting this Fall, you can hear theBigRocks on the radio every month! Back in July, I did an interview with Lori Ruff and Mike O’Neil of Rock the World Media for their radio program called “Rock the World with LinkedIn“. We had a great time talking about how Change Agents can use the basic principles […]

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A Time for Everything

Jul 09, 2011 No Comments

Most change initiatives would benefit more from good OCM techniques that are diligently carried out than they would from perfect OCM techniques that are haphazardly executed. In my last post, I described how Change Agents should consider adopting a few practices used by Project Managers as they plan and execute their work.  I’ve been both […]

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Father’s Day Tribute

Jun 18, 2011 1 Comment

June 19th is Father’s Day in the United States and a lot of Dads are getting new neckties and barbecue aprons to replace the ones they got last year. I lost my Dad a few years ago and it was a stark reminder that we are all on this Earth for a limited time – […]

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Rockin’ the Radio!

Jun 17, 2011 No Comments

You can hear theBigRocks on the radio! I recently did an interview with Lori Ruff and Mike O’Neil of Rock the World Media for their radio program called “Rock the World with LinkedIn“. The show aired earlier this week on WebmasterRadio.FM. An archive of the interview can be streamed at their show’s website: (My […]

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ASUG Update

May 16, 2011 No Comments

Welcome to Orlando! Welcome to everyone who is in town for this week’s gathering of the America’s SAP User’s Group (ASUG) in Orlando, Florida! I will be co-presenting at the conference with a client. The details of our session are below: “Building a Learning Culture to Support Your SAP Software Investment” Wednesday May 18th, 11:30-12:30 […]

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Focus on Alignment

May 07, 2011 No Comments

How can a leadership team stay focused and aligned over the long haul? I once worked with an executive team that used the following ground rule to maintain alignment over the course of a 2-year change project: “Disagree in private – Support each other in public without quibbling, undermining or waffling – Without exception.” Making […]

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Presenting @ ASUG in Orlando May 18th

Apr 15, 2011 No Comments

Welcome to Orlando! Once again I will be presenting at the America’s SAP User’s Group (ASUG) conference in Orlando, Florida this May. ASUG is the world’s largest gathering of SAP users. Customers who have installed SAP (or are considering it) will come together from around the world to share best practices and lessons learned about […]

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Shutting Down the Town

Apr 08, 2011 1 Comment

This evening, the US Congress is approaching a midnight deadline to either agree on a budget to fund the federal government or risk a shutdown that would hold up employee paychecks and halt delivery of national services. Both sides in the disagreement are hopeful, but not optimistic. Both sides are blaming the other for slowing […]

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…and the Winner Is…

Feb 02, 2011 2 Comments

Congratulations! The winner of the random drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card in the January subscriber appreciation event was Troy from Solution Design Group.  He has been notified and will soon be shopping! Thank You! I appreciate everyone who has been reading my stuff and I especially appreciate those who have subscribed, commented on […]

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January Appreciation Contest

Jan 26, 2011 No Comments

Thanks Again & Heads Up: I want to thank each of you for stopping by and reading my stuff in 2010. I especially appreciate those who commented on articles and passed along links to in 2010.   As a way of saying thank you, I’m sponsoring a free drawing for a $50 gift card. […]

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Free Amazon Gift Card Drawing

Jan 05, 2011 1 Comment

Thank You! As I mentioned in my South Dakota post a few days ago, I have been surprised and humbled by the positive response to this website over the first 6 months that it has been online.  I’ve met some great people and we’ve engaged in some terrific dialogue about the things that make change […]

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Thank You South Dakota!

Dec 27, 2010 No Comments

Just a note of thanks to a pair of readers from Sioux Falls and Pukwana, South Dakota in the USA for stopping by this past week! Why It’s a Big Deal: That’s significant because with these two visits from the Mount Rushmore State, has now welcomed guests from all 50 US states plus […]

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Sponsorship of Change

Dec 23, 2010 2 Comments

Today’s post is a question regarding sponsorship of change: What’s the most important thing a Change Sponsor can do to ensure a change is successful? As always, vote early and often… and don’t hesitate to comment and forward the link to others. -Steve

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