Making Sense of Silence

Aug 25, 2012 No Comments by

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 by

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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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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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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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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Change Can Mean Loss

Apr 04, 2012 4 Comments

Change Agent Tip #26 A wise man once told me that one reason people struggle with change is that it often means we’re going to lose something. It’s Personal: Consider the last time you were impacted by a significant change at work (or in life). You may have been asked to give up something in […]

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Listen First.

Mar 15, 2012 No Comments

 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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Change Agent Tip #17: A Recipe for Readiness

Nov 20, 2011 1 Comment

It’s Thanksgiving week and like many Americans, we’ll be cooking up a huge feast with turkey and all the fixings at our house.  As I think about that once-per-year process of browning the perfect bird, I’m reminded of how much better the results turn out when I follow a recipe …and how some of my […]

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Change Agent Tip #13: Know When to Say When

Oct 08, 2011 4 Comments

I watched New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s big press conference the other day. For those who missed it, the popular politician announced that in spite of heavy pressure to run, he would not be a candidate for President of the United States in 2012. The Bottom Line: He summed up his decision by saying: “Now […]

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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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