I just responded to a post in which the author mentioned how much his son’s sticky note about him being a great dad meant to him. Here is my reply: You sticky note story reminded me of when I attempted … Read More..
How to Get Rid of Wasted Effort, Scope Creep, and Lukewarm Productivity in 2012 My prediction for the new year: Your organization will initiate many major changes with considerable hope and fanfare. But, by the end of the year, most … Read More..
(This first part of this went out in my newsletter this morning, and then I came across the research on employee engagement.) They go hand-in-hand. (Photo of Matthew Lesko. Gawker.com) Probably no surprise, but employees that identify with their organizations … Read More..
Don’t Shoot: One Man, A Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America (David Kennedy. Bloomsbury USA. 2011) is a powerful and important book. Harvard researcher, David Kennedy wondered why our approaches to dealing with gang violence were … Read More..
If you’ve read almost anything I’ve written, you know that I am a big fan of listening to people in the organization when it comes to leading change (and most anything else for that matter.) I just came across a … Read More..
I believe it was Ernest Jones who wrote, “All organizations are perfectly designed to get the results they are getting.” I think about that quote as I read the unfolding details about the conditions that allowed the Penn State scandal … Read More..
I just read a helpful reminder about the limitations of groups on decision making. (Why Brainstorming Doesn’t Always Work. Jena McGregor. The Washington Post 11/6/11) It’s pretty common for a group to meet and someone asks, “Any ideas on how … Read More..
What’s Your Communication Plan About the Change Initiative? Late breaking news: communication requires giving – and receiving – information. The “and receiving” part of communication plans is often missing. Corporate communication departments salivate at the thought that they can create … Read More..
(Note: This is a companion post to What’s Your Communication Plan About the Change Initiative? I discuss the range of things that need to be covered as well as the need to make certain that communication is a conversation … Read More..
Planning Change Checklist – The Things You Must Include if You Want People to be Engaged Here are some guidelines for holding a planning meeting. Follow these Guidelines for Planning Meetings Many of the tools for getting people involved have … Read More..