Bloom Where You’re Planted – Part One

Jul 22, 2015 3 Comments by

Here’s how to instigate change. (Even if you’re not the Boss…) Note: This is the first in a series of articles I’m doing in partnership with BeyondImpact. I’ve known many of the people there for nearly 20 years. They’re a different kind of company with a culture focused not only on great business & tech solutions, but on […]

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The Pain of Uncertainty

Mar 17, 2015 No Comments by

Humans don’t generally like uncertainty, and when a lack of clarity about the future relates to something as personal as one’s livelihood, the struggle can be intense. The pain of this uncertainty can be worse that the certainty of pain!

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Pray For Rain

Oct 27, 2014 No Comments by

Watching the Kansas City Royals & San Francisco Giants battle it out this week reminds me of a baseball legend from the 1948 pennant chase. It’s a story about baseball, superstars and heroic effort. It’s also about leveraging your best people in clutch situations while avoiding the urge to over-rely on your ace players and put team goals at risk.

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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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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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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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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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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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Making Sense of Silence

Aug 25, 2012 No Comments

In my last post, I described what often happens when Change Agents and Sponsors of Change fail to communicate with their stakeholders. I suggested that people could interpret a lack of communication in one of several negative ways. They might think you’re telling them: 1. “This change is simply not a priority.” – After all, […]

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What You’re Communicating By Not Communicating

Aug 07, 2012 2 Comments

Change Agent Tip #40: Don’t Wait. Communicate. It’s hard to over-emphasize the value of communicating with stakeholders when you’re implementing change.  “Failure to Communicate” is consistently listed as one of the top causes of lackluster change results even though common logic, past experience and routine risk management would tell us to err on the side […]

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MASTER Communications

Jul 20, 2012 No Comments

Change Agents are often asked to draft and deliver specific messages as a part of stakeholder communication. Whether a given communication event will take place by sending an email, posting website content, releasing a video or conducting a meeting, it’s easy for the details to fall through the cracks without proper planning and diligence.  Hence […]

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Follow the Herd!

Jul 04, 2012 1 Comment

I’m a huge fan of Freakonomics. In their books, blogs, films and podcasts, co-authors Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt regularly explore what they call “the hidden side of everything”. They research cool topics like aligning incentives to motivate behavior, proving or disproving causality and digging into data related to all matters of systems theory as […]

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Culture Change Tip #23: Answer These 8 Questions

Mar 06, 2012 No Comments

Before you pull the trigger on your big culture change – consider answering a few simple questions… So far in this series, I’ve suggested a few ways that Change Agents can start the process of moving their culture in a specific positive direction. I started by recommending that they choose very carefully what elements of […]

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Change Agent Tip #20: Accentuate the Positive!

Jan 15, 2012 No Comments

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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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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