(#7 in The Energy Bar series) Although The Energy Bar is a simple and practical tool — some people watch the three-minute video and put it to use immediately — others get stuck because they don’t know how to use … Read More..
Daivd Brooks wrote a fine column this morning titled What Data Can’t Do in the New York Times. It is a good illustration of how the three levels of support and resistance play out in business decisions. And the risk … Read More..
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..
ICON Last night’s Presidential Town Hall Debate offers a fine lesson for business leaders on how to not conduct a town hall meeting. There are two purposes for a town hall meeting: 1. To connect with the audience personally and … Read More..
Flip Flops at Work I read a blog post by John Kotter (Leading Change) at Forbes.com. He talked about politicians, executives, and flip-flops on positions. Here is my comment to his post. The good news is that executives have it … Read More..
Chicago Teachers’ Strike is a Master Class in How to Lead Change Wrong Looking for a master class in how to lead change poorly? You need look no further than Chicago. The city is embroiled in an old school management-labor … Read More..
Why is Touchy-Feely a Four Letter Word? Ann Begler, an old gestalt buddy, wrote a compelling article: The Anti-Antogonist: Conflict and Resisting the Touchy-Feely She wondered why people resist the touchy-feely. She writes, “So much of our work as conflict … Read More..
What to Do When People Don’t Trust You When resistance comes from Level 3 (I don’t like you) there are a few things this person needs to do: He or she needs to recognize that resistance to doing a deal … Read More..
How to Prepare the Message You Want to Communicate About Change I found that the most important step in the life of a change in Making a Compelling Case for Change, I other words, making sure that people truly understand … Read More..
Nearly two-thirds of all major changes in organizations fail. That’s pretty sobering information. Did you know that: only about 30 percent of re-engineering projects succeed 23 percent of mergers make back their costs 43 percent of quality … Read More..