What I Learned From the Bunny

Apr 12, 2012 No Comments by

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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Listen First.

Mar 15, 2012 No Comments by

 Change Agent Tip #25 One of my favorite parts of helping people deal with change is the chance I get to work with some incredibly talented leaders at all levels of my client organizations. One such leader had a great way of boiling complex behavioral expectations down to simple phrases that I like to call […]

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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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Tip #21: For Culture Change: Choose Your Battles Wisely!

Jan 23, 2012 1 Comment

I love college basketball. My favorite team is my alma mater, the University of Illinois Fighting Illini. Coach Bruce Weber’s over-achievers had just clawed their way into the Top 25 this past week only to lose to a feisty Penn State squad. While the loss was tough for me to watch, I did hear a […]

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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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Change Agent Tip #12: Don’t Let Buzzwords Get Lost in Translation

Oct 05, 2011 1 Comment

Every domain of expertise has it’s buzzwords. I have heard buzzword horror stories from Change Agents working in fields as wide-ranging as medicine, agriculture and technology.  They each described communication problems that arose from people assuming others understood what what was being said when they used what seemed like common terms. Here are a few […]

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Change Agent Tip#11: Access Equals Impact

Sep 26, 2011 1 Comment

In this final post of a 4-part series, I’ll wrap up a recipe for change success based on the notion that Change Agents should treat their work like a project. The first three posts suggested you apply classic project management discipline to: … clearly define and manage change activities, … execute change adoption plans based […]

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Change Agent Tip #8: Know What to Manage

Aug 27, 2011 1 Comment

When it comes to driving significant change in an organization, the old paradigm “…you manage things and you lead people…” is fairly accurate and surprisingly useful. Today’s tip covers how to recognize which elements of a Change Agent’s work are best addressed by management techniques. My next post will address the elements that require Change […]

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Change Agent Tip #7: Show a Little R-E-S-P-E-C-T!

Aug 15, 2011 1 Comment

In order to be effective as a Change Agent, it’s not only critical that we are viewed as being aware of how our change will impact a given stakeholder’s daily life. We also need to be seen as being empathetic to the stakeholder’s frame of reference. In the most effective Change Agent-to-Stakeholder relationships, this pattern […]

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Why People Resist Change

Aug 08, 2011 4 Comments

In my last post, I described a process Change Agents can use to gather preliminary data about the types of resistance they may expect to their change. As you follow through on the surveys, interviews and site visits as I described, you will start to amass a wealth of raw data. This data will contain […]

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Rooting Out Resistance to Change

Jul 31, 2011 3 Comments

Every change is subject to some level of resistance and stakeholders will express it in any number of ways. Instead of simply tolerating resistance or cowering in the face of it – Change Agents should seek out the loudest detractors and leverage the momentum they can provide. The first steps to converting negative resistance into […]

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Change Agent Tip #4: Be Careful Driving the Bus

Jun 20, 2011 4 Comments

Sponsors and Change Agents often use a common metaphor when they encourage the targets of their change to “get on the bus before it leaves“. When it comes to helping people deal with change, the only outcomes worse than seeing stakeholders miss that bus could be seeing them get on the wrong bus or even […]

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Change Agent Tip #3: Engage Your Boss – and Their Boss

Jun 12, 2011 4 Comments

Most significant change initiatives show up on the radar of your organization’s leadership team at some point. The most effective changes are given executive sponsorship attention early in the planning stages. The classic disasters are noticed only when things go wrong. The best Change Agents aggressively verify Sponsorship all the way up the org chart. […]

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Change Agent Tip #2: Communicate Using Multiple Channels

Jun 08, 2011 No Comments

Change Agents seeking to plant key messages about their change in the minds of stakeholders must compete with a growing cacophony of information being fed to their target audience. A great way to be heard is to deliver consistent, clear messages using many different channels.Here’s a short list of stakeholder channels I’ve seen or used […]

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Change Agent Tip #1 – Define Your Change

Jun 06, 2011 No Comments

It may seem like an obvious thing to do, but many organizations begin rolling out big changes with no clear definition of what they’re changing or who needs to know about it. Here are a few pointers on how to effectively define your change: Write it Down: Capture the definition of your change in writing. […]

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The Great Soda vs Pop Debate

May 25, 2011 7 Comments

It was sweltering Saturday in my Florida backyard, so I took a break from my lawn work and grabbed an ice cold pop to quench my thirst. Say What? Did I just call my soft drink a “Pop”? Yes.  And here’s why: A while back, a cool graphic circulated around the internet showing the various […]

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