Keep the Change Posts


It is summer and your employees are thinking about days at the beach, not days behind a desk. They are looking for a break from the routine. So why not go with it? Instead of trying to keep them focused, give them what they want. Here are th...
Wherever I travel in the world, people seem to know the movie Jaws. It is a great movie and surprisingly, can help us understand how to keep change alive in organizations. In sum, Jaws takes place in a beach town...
"We have too many meetings! I have no time to do my work!" Have you heard your team say this? If so, you have meeting malaise. Just last week, a team I am consulting to said those exact words. Of course this wasn’t the first t...
Prevent Pot Roast Planning
Published: 2012-11-29
Thinking about the upcoming holidays, my cousin Barry reminded me of an old story about pot roast. You may know it. It goes like this: A child was in the kitchen watching his mother cook a pot roast. The child said to his mom, "When you cook po...
The research is clear – the main reason change fails is lack of buy-in. So what can you do to overcome the odds and get real buy-in for important organizational changes? I asked seasoned internal change leaders for their input and this...
The other day I was talking to my sister, Beth Polsky, about change. She is a veteran TV producer. We soon realized that in TV, ch...
I happened to sit in on a change launch meeting last week. I was blown away. The leader did every...
"This is the age of the Corporate Athlete. People need to be physically, psychologically, and socially fit to succeed in the new volatile and complex world we live in." I spoke with many top endurance athletes to find...
Bob Johansen, author of Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain World, said: "This is the age of the Corporate Athlete. People need to be physically, psychologically, and socially fit to succe...
Our company’s latest global research shows that the pace of change has not let up since 2011. Still, 62 percent of respondents are involved in three or more changes at work. And there is no sign of letting up. Add to this what Bob Johanse...
Corporate learning functions are critical to driving organizational change. We are in the middle of analyzing our 2012 Global Best Practices Research on Leading Change and "culture change" is a priority globally. 62 percen...
By the time you read this, over 25 percent of New Year’s resolutions have been broken or given up on. Another 25 percent will fail before June. There is only one reason for this. Our research shows that the people who decid...
Thinking back on my experiences over 2011, I am going into 2012 with these eight lessons about change that I learned from these eight leaders. What are your lessons? 1. The Committed Champion Effect-- Christopher...
People will complain during change. That is a given. When you hear it, give yourself a pat on the back. It means employees have accepted that the change is inevitable. They have moved past their initial fear and are struggling with how to m...
Sometimes the best lessons are learned by the mistakes of others. We have heard leaders use the quotes below over the years (first hand or through colleagues) when communicating change. Some of them are clear "no-no’s." Others could wo...
Beating the 4 Enemies of Endurance
Published: 2011-10-12
I just completed my first half-ironman race: a 1.2 mile swim, then a 56 mile bike ride followed by a 13.1 mile run. In looking back at how I’ve endured the training and the race, I see that there were 4 enemies I had to overcome to succe...
When change is announced in an organization, no one is really happy. Not even the creator of it. They might feel proud for a few minutes, but they soon realize that the gap between the idea and the implantation is huge. And so is the workloa...

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