Change-Friendly Leadership

Nov 14, 2012 No Comments by

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 by

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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Brain Check

Sep 19, 2012 1 Comment

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I found a great illustration that might come in handy when it comes to helping Facilitators understand how creative people and logical thinkers can work together to get things done. Check this out: This cartoon really demonstrated for me the vast differences in the way that […]

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The Art of Facilitation

Sep 12, 2012 No Comments

As a Change Agent, one of my most common roles is that of “Facilitator”.  One moment I will be asked to guide an executive team as they make tough decisions. The next, I’ll help resolve a personality dispute that’s blocking team success. As a neutral Facilitator, I’m often called to help an individual or a […]

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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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Slip The Surly Bonds! (Tip #39)

Jul 24, 2012 No Comments

Today is the birthday of Amelia Earhart – the great American aviation pioneer. In 1928, she became the first woman to accomplish a transcontinental flight. Today, thousands of women around the world fly planes routinely. Yesterday, America and the world lost a great space pioneer: Sally Ride. She became the first American woman in space […]

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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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Be Yourself!

Jul 15, 2012 1 Comment

theBigRocks Pictures of the Week! Photography is a side hobby of mine. While my hobby might not apply to helping teams through change in a text book sense, sometimes I notice little things when looking through the lens and it just clicks for me… I snapped the following pics during the Fourth of July Parade […]

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We’re Only Human

Jul 11, 2012 No Comments

Tip #36: Consider How Your Change May Impact Existing Relationships Today’s post is a picture that tells a story of two ways one can view the impact of change on existing relationships. For clarity, it can help to think of your change as bringing about the end of something and the beginning of something new. […]

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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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Change Agent Tip #34: Fall in Line

Jun 28, 2012 1 Comment

There’s a time to fall in love and a time to fall in line. Sorry to put it so bluntly, but while some changes are perceived as being a good deal for everyone involved, sometimes change is needed for less-then-positive reasons. In the world of implementing change, the chances are good that you’ll see both […]

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Overcome EMail Overload

May 11, 2012 No Comments

Change Agent Tip #31 In my last article, I described methods for Change Agents to reclaim control of their overflowing inboxes by, among other things, setting aside dedicated slices of time each day to focus on handling email and using a 2-minute rule to knock out emails that are easy to answer. Click here to […]

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Resistance Is A Call To Action

May 01, 2012 No Comments

Change Agent Tip #29 Resistance is a very real force that works against your chances of successful change. Change Agents must not only recognize it – but actively address it or they may risk lukewarm adoption, or – in the worst case – total rejection of the change. In the first two posts of this […]

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What I Learned From the Bunny

Apr 12, 2012 No Comments

Change Agent Tip #27: Look Under the Wrapper The Easter holiday season has just wrapped up. Last week was one of the peak periods of the year for chocolate sales. Store aisles and end caps were stacked high with bunnies, bars, baskets and all sizes and shapes of chocolate delights. Anyone who stuffed an Easter […]

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