Is Your Project Breaking Apart or Breaking Open?

If you’ve ever worked on, managed or sponsored a project you know that project plans, schedules and budgets are great planning tools at the beginning but then something seems to happen in the middle.
We have status reports that measure if our project is over or under (don’t laugh too hard at that one) budget, on or behind schedule but one […]

Resistance to change IS protection from threat…are you unknowingly that threat?

According to Dr. A. J. Schuler, author of Negotiate Your Way to Success, there are 10 common reasons why people resist change.
Common Reasons Why People Resist Change

Risk of change is seen as greater than risk of status quo
Connections to people disturbed – “tribal bonding”
No role models for new environment
Fear of incompetence or looking incompetent
Feeling overloaded, overwhelmed
Healthy skepticism
Fear of hidden agendas […]

By |October 5th, 2011|Change Strategies, Empathy, Leadership Skills|0 Comments

Endings are boring, negative, and emotionally heavy so let’s forget about them and just get on with what’s new, exciting, and fun!

Not so fast says William Bridges, author of Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change, who contends the single biggest reason why changes fail is that no one thought about endings or how to manage their impact on people.

Bridges distinguishes a change, which is situational (e.g. new boss, new role) and external, from transitions which are the internal psychological processes people […]

By |June 16th, 2011|Change Strategies, Empathy, Leadership Skills|2 Comments

Getting Everyone on the Same Page

Last week,  Mr. Krishna Bahadur K.C., the Chairman of the School Management Committee, of Shree Shanti Niketan Primary School was looking for ways to mobilize his community towards common goals.

He was looking for a common denominator to bind the stakeholders that were impacted by future change initiatives.
Key Question
So I asked “What’s important to them, that is also important to you?” A long […]

By |November 25th, 2010|Change Strategies, Core Values, Leadership Skills|0 Comments

We are all the same!

We are all the same. This statement came to life this past week while working with community leaders in Sundarbazaar, a semi-developed village of Lamjung, Nepal. The group of 15 was comprised of Head School Masters (principals), and the chairperson s from the School Management Committees, who together with the government, are responsible for providing and funding public education in 10 […]

5 ways to Use a Change Initiative as a Leadership Development Opportunity

During tough economic times, when hiring freezes are prevalent and staff capacity is low, many organizations staff their new initiatives (programs and or projects) with consultants, contractors, or staff with performance challenges. If you get what you invest in these initiatives, then it’s no wonder many are disappointed at the lack of sustainable success. Dust off that succession plan and put […]

By |August 3rd, 2010|Change Strategies, Leadership Skills|0 Comments