The leaders I talk with – whether they are in corporations, nonprofits, or government – tell me that most of their days are frenzied. They feel like they are in a “constant state of urgency” – going from one fire to another. This is the issue that Steven Covey was addressing in his book First Things First as he suggested that leaders need to spend less time on what is … [Read more...] about A Constant State of Urgency
If you could change one thing in your organization that would make a REAL difference in the IMPACT you make, what would it be? What do you have to lose by giving it a try??? Start by sharing your thoughts with a few people you trust to test your idea. If others agree then get more people on board. And then – when the timing is right –broaden your movement to more … [Read more...] about What Change Should You Lead?
You are trying to change things for the better, but you keep facing lots of resistance. “If people would just go along then things would be a lot better!” Well – maybe not. Maybe their resistance will make your effort even more successful. In their excellent article in Harvard Business Review, Decoding Resistance to Change, (April 2009) Jeffrey & Laurie Ford … [Read more...] about Engaging Resistance to Change
You know that changes must be made, but the amount of effort that will be required and the size of the change seems almost overwhelming. This is often the case with important changes. But remember the old adage – “the only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time.” I suggest identifying a “chunk” of change that you are willing to go after during an upcoming three – … [Read more...] about Lead Change in Big SMART Chunks
Do it anyway. You know that things need to change in your organization. You are either wasting money or opportunities. Or you keep doing the same things over and over again while people expect a different result (Definition of Insanity attributed to Einstein). Something has to change! But the timing is not right. Either you don’t have the right big boss or if you are the … [Read more...] about The Timing is Never Right to Lead Change