Knowledge, Passion and Power: 3 Simple Change Principles to Release It

Leverage is a reason that leaders use when choosing to work in collaboration as well as hire consultants, who have the skills of helping leaders see multiple perspectives.  This is especially an asset when dealing with difficult, complex, even wicked problems.  This quote rings true in our experience with change projects:   “If knowledge isContinue reading “Knowledge, Passion and Power: 3 Simple Change Principles to Release It”

Change Leaders: Why Should Anyone Trust Your Vision? John Kotter and Harvard Business Review

There are many trends about change management that I imagine Dr. Kotter has seen in his long career. As we prepare for the Association of Change Management Practitioners (ACMP) 2011 conference next week, including sharing new Skype videos with change authors on our updated site, ChangeManagementResources.com, I’m sharing nuggets of change leader material here including John Kotter’s highlights of some common assumptions about how leaders approach change.

Selecting a Coach: 10 Questions to Ask Your Prospective Coach

Terry “TJ” Wisner interviewed me about how to select a good coach for your needs. I cover the 3-C model of coaching and offer 10 questions useful for deciding who would be great in helping you achieve solid results through selecting a coach for your needs. –Deb

Co-Creation in Theory U: Leading from the Future as it Emerges & the Road to Commitment

Theory U features concepts intended to help leaders and managers in the public and private sector break through unproductive patterns of behavior. This includes not listening to their staff and clients’ and producing ineffective patterns of decision making. Otto Sharmer’s diagrams and practices include accessible illustration on paths in listening, for example, reinforced through the book, as a key focus on the left side of the U:

Synchronicity! Meaning Making and Sense Making

What is the place of synchronicity in how we facilitate change and transition? This session explored how we help ourselves, and therefore help data from the field of existence emerge. We’ll present Theory U, a tool, method and way of seeing and facilitating change, which invites data to emerge through shared meaning making helping co-create and sustain the change process.

Write Your Business Plan in Pencil and consider a Vision Board

In my case, I used a sheet of flipchart paper to list three major categories.  Then do a quick brainstorm to list all your present business work via post-it notes, or use a spreadsheet.   It is then easy to review your activities by grouping them in categories or simply the use the big three:Continue reading “Write Your Business Plan in Pencil and consider a Vision Board”

Strategic Agility: Adapting to Now & Next

What is Strategic Agility? There’s ample evidence that, no matter how much analysis and planning is done, strategic planning is inherently flawed, quickly out of date, and rendered ineffective due to slow and incomplete execution. This post gives examples as well as an overview of three consultant perspectives highlighting principles of strategic agility and execution including tactical choices for competitive advantage.

Right Sizing Your Education Options

Scott Wachtmann, who recently completed a non-traditional high school and higher education course of study, guest authors this post with a fresh view into education. If you are in higher education or are facing high school and college education choices for yourself or have children who are, you may find his story compelling as well as informative. Scott shares links and resources as well as his story.

Control Issues in Teams: How Do You Take Charge?

People don’t resist changes, they resist being controlled… The second of of the MCG series in helping leaders and teams develop skill in order to meet changing goals. Also includes “change AND die,” the Leadership Control model, and “resistance is a resource” references.

3 Steps to Grow Team Performance: Membership, Control, Goal

ANYTIME a functioning group changes in membership including when it forms, status and or role questions arise.  If someone leaves the group, roles shift, the group churns. Small groups are often microcosms of the organization and reflect organizational health in the way they form, grow, perform (or don’t), ebb and end. This post is about howContinue reading “3 Steps to Grow Team Performance: Membership, Control, Goal”