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Change Management

Why Every Nonprofit Needs a Manifesto

Liz Wainger | Posted 07.15.2014 | Business
Liz Wainger

Nonprofits often struggle for funding, volunteers, and other resources. Frequently it's because they are unable to effectively communicate their vision, purpose, and value to their communities.

Change Makers Create Cultural Change on Campus: A Northwestern University Case Study

Alecia Wartowski | Posted 06.25.2014 | College
Alecia Wartowski

From racial and ethnic diversity to an influx of "first generation" students and the challenges of being a low income student, most college and universities in this country have begun to recognize that the face of higher education is changing.

The Only Real Question Anyone Has About Any Change You Lead

George Bradt | Posted 06.11.2014 | Business
George Bradt

The questions come in every size and shape. "What's the vision?" "What's our plan?" "What are you thinking?" "What do you want us to do?" "How can we ...

Three Marks of High Leverage Change Initiatives

Ted Harro | Posted 06.16.2014 | Business
Ted Harro

Dear Change Agent, Let's say you just took over a major business unit of a well-known consumer services company. You were brought in from outside the...

There Is a Gap Between Our Leadership vision and Our Impact On Those We Lead (Friction Source #4)

Peter Fuda | Posted 05.28.2014 | Business
Peter Fuda

The real challenge is, in the words of the legendary basketball coach John Wooden, "Are you good enough to get better?"

Sharpen Your Saw: Habit No. 7 of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Bruce Mayhew | Posted 05.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Bruce Mayhew

Sharpen The Saw is a conversation about planning and continuous improvement. Sharpen The Saw discusses self-renewal, self-care, self-respect and self...

We Accept Mediocrity (Friction Source #3)

Peter Fuda | Posted 05.20.2014 | Business
Peter Fuda

How can we complain about the marketplace or head office when we score, on average, 6 or 7 across all of these levers? My provocation to you is that we are accepting mediocrity in our organizations.

We're Very Committed, But Are Not Quite Sure What We're Committed To (Friction Source #2)

Peter Fuda | Posted 05.18.2014 | Business
Peter Fuda

The real challenge is that we don't properly scrutinize our aspirations. Specifically, is every single person in your organization crystal clear on what success looks like? Do you actually have the capability to get there? Do you have the bandwidth?

We Are Using a Set of Beliefs and Assumptions That No Longer Serve Us

Peter Fuda | Posted 05.06.2014 | Business
Peter Fuda

A leader's use of fear inducing strategies can be as much a sign of limited leadership capability as it is a sign of genuine and urgent crisis. After all, it's much easier to scare the life out of people, than it is to inspire them with a compelling vision of the future.

Steal This Idea: How to Solve our Wicked Health Care Challenge

Daniel Dworkin | Posted 12.14.2013 | Business
Daniel Dworkin

Imagine a scenario in which teams from different hospitals within a single region competed to achieve the best health outcomes at the lowest cost, shared their experiences in virtual roundtables, and earned rewards for applying peer tested best practices.

'GE Workout': Physical Fitness for Your Organization

Ray Gagnon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Ray Gagnon

The word 'organization' shares the same root with 'organism' and is no less a living thing. So in order to maintain flexibility, resiliency and top performance, your organization needs 'exercise,' too. Organizations need to stay "fit."

Collective Leadership: Transforming the Workplace for the 21st Century

Marion Chamberlain | Posted 10.20.2013 | Small Business
Marion Chamberlain

Corporate leaders have come to realize that titles and hierarchies can hinder company growth and competitiveness. Additionally, a younger generation of employees might not be as enticed to follow a corporate career ladder path.

Publicis-Omnicom Merger Provides Much Needed Opportunity to 'Step Up'

Jacqueline Corbelli | Posted 07.31.2013 | Business
Jacqueline Corbelli

Few mega deals bring the value promised The merging of Omnicom with Publicis offers a phenomenal opportunity to both companies -- that ultimately ben...

Entrepreneurialism: Is It a Help or a Hindrance?

Dan Russon | Posted 08.26.2013 | Business
Dan Russon

When it comes to entrepreneurialism, even within the same organisation there will be roles and functions where this trait is essential and others where it will be anathema.

Effective Change Management: The Five Critical Steps

Ray Gagnon | Posted 06.02.2013 | Business
Ray Gagnon

You wouldn't blink if someone told you they needed to do a better job managing their company's "budgeting" process or "manufacturing" process, would you? But managing a "change process"?

Change Your Corporate Culture -- Without Nagging

Edward Muzio | Posted 05.19.2013 | Business
Edward Muzio

When we succeed, change occurs subtly and without fanfare. It's not a program; it's a nudge. People adopt new behaviors, they forget old ones, and it doesn't feel like we did much. It's hard, in fact, to brag about it at all.

Getting "Buy-In": Mobilizing Commitment To Your Change Program or Strategy

Ray Gagnon | Posted 10.09.2012 | Business
Ray Gagnon

Leading successfully is a kind of organizational "judo" that stops trying to "sell," and "install" from above and, instead, generates organizational commitment from within.

The World's Shortest How-To List for Leaders

Spencer Critchley | Posted 09.01.2012 | Small Business
Spencer Critchley

After working for a lot of leaders, good and bad, and taking leadership roles myself, I'm convinced that this is the one thing that makes the difference: You must be willing to turn towards fear, for the greater good.

Learned Helplessness in Organizations

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 08.07.2012 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

All managers face real constraints. Effective managers differentiate between those that must be accepted and those that can be challenged.

Engaging Employees for Transformational Sustainability Results

Anca Novacovici | Posted 08.04.2012 | Business
Anca Novacovici

Put yourself in your staff's shoes (if you're not there already!). If you are told what to do, but aren't told why and what's in it for you, what is the impetus to do it? Why is this program worth the effort and why should you add more work to your already full plate?

What to Pack to Raise Your Game: The Movie

Brian Tolle | Posted 05.14.2012 | Business
Brian Tolle

I got some great feedback about my blog from two weeks ago about what to pack on the journey to raising your game. Enough so that it got me thinking a...

Be Prepared for What You Don't See Coming

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 01.04.2012 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Whenever you change something, it's impossible to eliminate all of the unintended consequences. But the more you can anticipate the possibilities, and be ready to deal with them, the greater your chances of success.

2012 -- The Year of Social Business in the Enterprise

Beverly Macy | Posted 12.16.2011 | Business
Beverly Macy

Social Media Marketing burst on the scene a few years ago to the delight of many and the bewilderment of others. Suddenly, conversational marketing b...

Greek Youth Realize Their Power: Most Important Stakeholders Finally Enagage

Vanessa Andris | Posted 08.06.2011 | World
Vanessa Andris

For months now, Greek youth have been watching their peers in Egypt and Tunisia lead the Arab Spring and asking themselves some tough questions.

How to Change Anything

Dorie Clark | Posted 07.04.2011 | Business
Dorie Clark

I ran across VitalSmarts -- a corporate training and research behemoth -- when I was teaching a course on social marketing at Tufts University. Their ...