Turn the Promise of Spring Into a Ring

Mar 05, 2011 3 Comments by

Play Ball! Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh cut grass on a balmy Spring day and the crack of a baseball hitting a hardwood bat? This month in Florida and Arizona, the 2011 Major League Baseball Spring Training season got underway.  As a baseball fan, I love this time of year because the optimism […]

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Making Online Meetings More Effective

Feb 20, 2011 No Comments by

Over the past couple posts, I have shared best practices that teams can use when they participate in virtual meetings.  For the uninitiated, virtual meetings involve one or more attendees participating from a distance. Participants typically use a web connection to share materials and a teleconference line for audio. I started by describing the key […]

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Virtually as Effective as the Real Thing

Feb 13, 2011 No Comments

Virtual meetings are said to be the wave of the future. For many organizations with geographically distributed employee populations that future is already a daily reality. Web conferences and virtual online meetings have become so popular as a cost-saving tool that more and more companies are asking teams to try booking a conference call number […]

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Can You Hear Me Now?

Feb 12, 2011 3 Comments

A lot of companies use online meetings as a way to save travel costs and time. But as many of us have experienced – online meetings are not always as effective as face-to-face gatherings.  In fact they suffer from some very serious deficiencies if they are not carefully organized and well facilitated. In today’s post […]

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Six Rules for Communication

Feb 06, 2011 3 Comments

Those guiding organizational change spend a good deal of their time helping people communicate.  Sometimes a communicator’s best intentions can go awry if they ignore a few simple rules for communication effectiveness.  Today I will offer six basic rules that you should consider when sending out messages to large groups of stakeholders. Here’s my short […]

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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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Listening Cycles

Jan 30, 2011 1 Comment

Studies have claimed that the average person has thousands of advertisements thrown in front of their eyes and ears each day.  Most people get dozens if not hundreds of emails per day.  Add to that the signs, billboards, newsletters and announcements and you have a cacophony of messages vying for people’s attention. With all of […]

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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 theBigRocks.com in 2010.   As a way of saying thank you, I’m sponsoring a free drawing for a $50 Amazon.com gift card. […]

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Action Items

Jan 24, 2011 1 Comment

Big change initiatives can usually benefit from taking advantage of a project management best practice called “action items”. In their simplest form, action items are an on-going, ad-hoc “to-do list” of smaller tasks that need to be addressed in order to maintain project momentum. In my last post I listing my first five tips for […]

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3-2-1… Action!

Jan 22, 2011 No Comments

I’m on a plane heading for an all-day alignment workshop with a new client.  We’re going to hash through dozens of questions, generate a bunch of answers and hopefully resolve an untold number of ambiguities over the course of our dialogue. But since this meeting will be the first time that most of the team […]

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8 Ways to Deal with Resistance to Change

Jan 16, 2011 7 Comments

Resistance happens. Even with Change Agents. In fact, you’re setting your change initiative up for failure if your strongest supporters are blindly “selling it” without having thought through their own concerns or those of your stakeholders. In my last post, I told the story of traveling home this past week using an e-Boarding Pass for […]

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Now Boarding: Resistance

Jan 14, 2011 1 Comment

I’m a change agent.  I help my clients discover the change agents inside their organizations and build their skills to affect change. But that doesn’t mean I always dive willingly into change myself.  Case in point… The other day I flew from Minneapolis to Orlando on a business trip. This was my boarding pass: The […]

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Shoffee Picks a Win-Win When

Jan 08, 2011 5 Comments

Q: When is the perfect time for a business to introduce a major change? A: There is no perfect time. But you can choose an optimal time based on your internal & external business cycles and the expectations of your customers. One Great Cup of Joe I had a great customer experience recently with the […]

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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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Give it a Rest!

Jan 03, 2011 1 Comment

Coming back to work after the long holiday break this morning was rough.  My vacation had been just long enough to fully unwind from what had been several months of non-stop work – but now I was ready to jump back into a challenging project.  So I set my alarm to wake up a bit […]

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Making Ground Rules Stick

Dec 31, 2010 3 Comments

In an earlier post I shared some effective ground rules that your team can use to get along and be productive.  I’m sure many of you have more good team guidelines that have worked for you – and I’d encourage you to agree on a similar list when you kick off your next team project. […]

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Rules, Rules, Rules

Dec 28, 2010 15 Comments

Anyone who’s participated on a project in a team setting has probably heard the term “ground rules” tossed around.  Sometime the term applies to a useful set of axioms that cooperative team members follow to guide their civil and productive interaction.  Sometimes it refers to a nice poster on the wall of all company conference […]

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