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This blog is for leaders, managers, consultants, coaches — anyone interested in doing change better, whether personal, professional, or organizational.

Most of us, when asked, embrace the opportunity to change — but meaningful change is very hard to do. It’s hard to initiate the change, even harder to stay the course, hardest of all to make the change stick. It takes extraordinary effort to stop doing something in our comfort zone in order to start something difficult that would be good for us in the long run.

Here you'll find tips and info to help you understand, navigate and do change better.

Arguing for Your Excuse? Use This Tool for Change

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All success starts with change. To make something better, you have to look at the present situation, decide to make a change, then improve and grow. Success comes as a result of improvement and growth, but the process starts with change. If you want to improve business results, you first must accept that your present situation is not cutting it and you need to change to improve. Embracing change goes beyond the "decision" to change. You must experience a change in yourself -- a shift in your thinking, in your wants, and in your willingness to be uncomfortable as you...
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3 Human Obstacles to Meaningful Strategy

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Most organizations have a strategy that includes a vision of what they are working to become, a shorter term mission supported by initiatives and goals, and a set of values that guides how they work and behave in the world. The strategy provides structure to promote desired change. When unwanted or unexpected changes happen, organizations look to their strategy for guidance and support to work through the adversity. People can do this, too. Having a strategy & defined core values can help keep you stable and more resilient when change doesn’t go your way. Three basic reasons people shy away...
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When Change Doesn't Go Your Way

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Sometimes things change in a way you don’t like, want, or expect. I refer to this as getting “lifed” — life just throws a major curve ball and you find yourself suddenly having to deal. This can happen at work — a big announcement, a favorite leader leaving the company, a horrible new boss, or being given the opportunity to go be successful somewhere else. It definitely happens outside of work — and, well, that list of possibilities is pretty endless. These are the kinds of changes that rock your world , the kind that make you ask the big...
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Buying-in to Change: An Affair of the Heart

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Read any sales or marketing book and somewhere in there the author will remind you that selling is a logical process, but buying is an emotional process . To buy, your prospect must “feel” that what you offer is not only able to help solve his problem, but also that yours is the right and best solution. When it comes to selling change within an organization, you may also need to demonstrate and sell that there is a problem to solve in the first place before you move on to providing a solution. It is pretty common to hear supervisors,...
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Change and the F-Word: Feelings

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There is a subject people often find uncomfortable to talk about, especially in business, despite being a universal human experience: feelings.   I often say “Feelings” is the F-word of business.   You might be surprised to hear how many different feelings come up when we discuss the topic of feelings in leadership workshops. Just the mere mention of the subject can bring out feelings of anger, frustration and irritation in participants. But though we don’t like to talk about it, we all have feelings. In fact, we even have feelings about our feelings — and about everyone else’s feelings....
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Building Change Agility with "Time Under Tension"

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Time Under Tension (TUT) is a concept used in personal physical training. The basic concept is that you increase muscle transformation with increased time under tension. For example, rather than just lift and lower a weight, which takes about 3 seconds, you could use a 6-count to double the muscle’s "time under tension," lifting for 1 count, holding the weight for 2 counts, and lowering the weight for 3 counts. Exercise bands can be used this way as well, keeping tension in the bands the entire time while performing an exercise. Using time under tension methods for weight lifting builds...
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Five Steps to Reduce Noise & Get Focused

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Do you and your team get bogged down with “noise” that you are compelled to respond to but results in missed targets or opportunities? It’s one thing to be distracted from time to time, but another to continuously struggle to maintain focus on the most important, highest priority strategies, goals and metrics. We already know that structure is required for change ( The Essential Role of Structure — and Why We Hate It ), and that if you want to change something you have to change something. But where to start? With what kind of structure? What does that even...
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Money on the Table: Why You're Not Getting Full ROI on Your SMART Goals

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Last week’s blog, The Essential Role of Structure -- and Why We Hate It, focused on structure as a necessary tool for meaningful, sustainable change. A common structure used in business to drive change is the SMART (Specific, Measurable Attainable, Realistically-high, Time-bound) Goal , though most leaders don’t think of goal-setting in that way. Instead, goal setting is an event and a means to a very specific end. People are actually very natural goal setters. We learn the behavior as kids, doing everything from learning to use the toilet, to riding a bike, to learning to read. Schools are founded...
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The Essential Role of Structure -- and Why We Hate It

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Structure is essential if you want to make change stick. In fact, I can say from personal experience — my own life and from years of coaching and consulting, without the right structure to support it, change won’t happen or be sustainable. Probably the most obvious idea of personal change and how structure matters is diet and exercise. Have you had the experience of walking around the gym carrying a clipboard, marking down each exercise and rep on your workout plan? And the first thing any dietitian will ask you to do is to track your food. Whether counting points,...
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The Three Truths of Change Resistance

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Resistance to change has many faces. It can be visible, invisible, stated, unstated, active or passive. It can be as simple as setting aside a project to work on something more comfortable to actively sabotaging a change effort. If the only constant in this world is “change”, then why haven’t we all adapted and made change a way of life? What is it that makes change so hard? It comes down to three basic truths. Truth #1: We Are Wired for Comfort. Have you heard the term “confirmation bias?” We all have it. None are immune. As we have experiences,...
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