How to Declaw Culture’s Impact on Change: Be Dogmatic about Dialogue, not Do’s & Don’ts

“Globalization on Steroids, Hyper Industry Disruption + Job Uncertainty & Constant Change” = Reality for Most Professionals circa 2016. Less destructive, but also relevant is “Shared Media & Entertainment” (YouTube, Facebook, Amazon.world). So does cultural awareness still have an “extremely important impact on Change” as reported in Prosci’s 2016 “Best Practices in Change Management”? My gut instinct…

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Strategic Approach To Setting Boundaries & Managing Your Workload (part 2)

“Take a strategic approach to setting boundaries and managing your workload” – this was the advice I gave you in part 1. To review how this is done, here’s the summarized 4-step approach: Get clarity on the situation – is it temporary or permanent? Ask for the support you need – even if it’s just…

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How to Transform Natural Talent into Unique Strength

“What’s right with people?” – the question Gallup scientists set out to answer back in 1998. Here’s what they discovered in the process: “People have several times more potential for growth when they invest energy in developing their strengths instead of correcting their deficiencies” (StrengthsFinder 2.0). Take a moment for honest reflection and ask yourself:…

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How to Move from Imitation to Greatness

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. – Charles Caleb Colton Say what you will about Mr. Colton’s oft-used quote, but he was definitely on to something. When Bob Dylan was starting out on the Greenwich Village coffee house circuit in the early 60’s, some critics dismissed him as a pale imitation of Woody Guthrie. As…

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Back to Basics: The 3 Must-Have C’s for Your Peak Performance

Has this ever happened to you? You’re doing something fun and all of a sudden an inspiring, unexpected light bulb goes off in your head. Before I tell you about my recent illuminating moment, there’s something you should know about me. Reading for pure pleasure could well be my favorite free-time activity. In fact, I…

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Zen and the Art of Persuasion ~ 5 Common Sense Strategies to Boost Your Powers of Persuasion

AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH “Hmmm…interesting. Let me think about that.” “Ummm…I’m not sure about that.” “No, I don’t think I can go along with that.” As great as your idea might be, people are not always ready to accept it. As illustrated in the above colors, there are different degrees of resistance. Therefore, if you’d like…

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How to Prevent High-Performing Team from Becoming Toxic Silo

“Their silo didn’t work like our silo; instead of looking at the possibilities, they looked at the problems.” – Hessie Jones describing what happened when her team collided with another. In “A Revealing Look at the Impact of Silos“, Ms. Jones shows how a team that begins as a highly motivated creative unit can quickly become an…

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Good End, Bad Means: 3 Powerful Lessons Via Hollywood

Ray Donovan is a fixer. When one of Hollywood’s rich and stupid makes a mess, he cleans it up. We’re not talking about dirty dishes. Ray’s in a bind. His ex-con father owes big money to the Armenian mob. And Mrs. Minassian and her boys are losing patience fast. Incidentally, Ray hates his father. However,…

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How To Successfully Implement Change The Human Way (part 3): Practice SMART Communication

FUN FACTOR. “…as psychological researchers discover more about how the human brain works, we’re gaining insights into exactly how to crank up the enjoyment factor…” – Laura Vanderkam, Fast Company. “THE SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN WAY TO HAVE THE BEST VACATION EVER (IN 9 SIMPLE STEPS)” shows you how Planning (step 1) and Doing New Things (step 3) can…

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How To Successfully Implement Change The Human Way (part 2): Engage Workforce

FRESH START. Do you want to save everyone time, energy and other valuable resources the next time you implement a change in your team or organization? If so, change the message from “Get on board or get out of the way!” to “How can we together make this Change Initiative successful?”. As covered in part…

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How to Implement Change the Human Way (part 1): Create Vision to Engage

COLD HARD FACT. Do you recognize this picture? Change Initiative fails* External experts brought in to determine “what happened and what happens next”. Colossal waste of resources for everyone (time, energy, money). If you’d like to change this vicious circle in your team, group or organization, your #1 goal should be to build partnerships that…

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3 Shocking Thinking Mistakes You Make & 3 Giant Pitfalls to Avoid for BETTER DECISIONS

MISFIRE! How did I get this one wrong?  It was by far the biggest decision of my career. A hell of a lot was at stake – If I got it right I’d be a forward-looking genius, willing to risk everything for what I believe. If not, it would be a financial disaster for the…

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