Missing the Handoff in Big Projects

Energy can quickly drain out of a big change for a variety of reasons. But I heard a new one recently. I was interviewing a senior person in an organization regarding a study I am doing on Batteries Not Included™. … Read More..

What the Magna Carta Could Teach Corporate Leaders

This month marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, a document that provided rule-of-law protection for the people. Lord Dening, a 20th Century British jurist, called it “the greatest constitutional document of all time, the foundation … Read More..

Why Use the Energy Bar?

[To gain a quick understanding of The Energy Bar, please watch this 3-minute animated video. The Energy Bar} I’m a big fan of theories and approaches on influence and change (in fact, I even developed a couple of my own), … Read More..

More on The Energy Bar

I have gotten more responses (and all of them quite positive) on The Energy Bar than any other newsletter/blog/social media post in my career. I am delighted. I did get a suggestion to improve the sound quality and add music. … Read More..

Call it change or transformation?

My friend Greta asks a good question. Pls respond. Thanks. Greta writes: Hi Rick, A question occupying my mind at the moment is the use of the word transformation rather than change. Some of my clients have recently started using … Read More..

How Come Work Doesn’t Imitate Art?

How Come Work Doesn’t Imitate Art? Last Tuesday I heard one of the finest concerts I have ever heard in my life. (And I have gone to lots of concerts over the years.) It was the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted … Read More..

The 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

The 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation Yesterday was the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation (1863). The original signed document is so fragile and faded that it only goes on display for a few hours … Read More..

Bad Bosses Are Bad for Business

According to Inc. magazine, bad bosses are bad for business. I mean really bad. This sobering article/graphic is worth skimming. Why is this so? Look at the amount of money spent on management development training every year. You’d think that … Read More..