Don’t waste your change efforts!

Don’t waste your change efforts!

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Any change requires effort Too much change often leads to change fatigue To drive meaningful and lasting change, efforts around learning and acting both have to occur Ensure that both ‘efforts’ are included to avoid wasted (and failed) change efforts   Personal or corporate change is always seen as ‘hard’.  It doesn’t have to be difficult, but it always will require effort to break out of the current status quo, experiment with new behaviours, and then practice them consistently to make them the new norm. When we go through rapid change, these efforts can be taxing.  Change fatigue often happens when the pace of change is too great and people don’t have the bandwidth or resources to invest the efforts into change processes. Deciding which changes that you face are important and necessary can be a great way to bring your focus and effort on the changes that you want

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Back to office or back to the future?

1 month ago 0 0 167

Summary: Return to workplace scenarios following COVID are loaded with challenges. Staff have new expectations, experiences and capabilities after being forced to work from home over the past 12 months A leader would benefit from taking a considered approach to getting staff back to the office, and use the opportunity to redefine the way work is performed. Opportunities also exist to build culture, enhance relationships and deepen staff commitment by doing it right. In Australia, we have done an outstanding job of suppressing the Coronavirus, allowing us to contemplate shifting to a post-pandemic footing. One of the big questions that is challenging businesses and business leaders is that of getting the staff back to the office after mandatory work-from-home scenarios. What should a leader consider as they make this assessment for their business?  Should back to the office be simply a return to the past, or should something more valuable

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Are you insane in your approach to success?

2 months ago 0 0 202

I once sat in a training seminar where they ‘challenged’ the group with a (pretend) statistic: “Less than 10 percent of you will implement this fully, and less than 5% will be successful”.  They were obviously trying some reverse motivation – but without realising it, they were clearly identifying the biggest issue with what they were doing.  They were asking their ‘students’ to be insane in their approach to success. The definition of insanity: Einstein has been credited with saying ‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result”. How does this apply to people and organisations trying to generate sustained success? The answer is simple: you are insane if you think doing what someone else has done will make you successful. It doesn’t seem to make sense – it is insane to do keep doing the same things and expect different

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The simple success formula

2 months ago 0 0 195

In business, we are often looking for the perfect answer to our problems.  The answer to our complex problem should be ‘simple’ – but is it really? The idea of a simple answer to uncertainty and complexity drives so much of the coaching and consulting industries, because: People want simple answers to complex problems People buy certainty to escape uncertainty, and simple appears more certain than complex. A critical question arises, however: If the answer was simple, wouldn’t you have already discovered it and implemented it? When we consider the nature of business, it is impossible to think of every business as the same.  Each business has unique attributes and histories, including cultures, strategies and purposes.  There are different capabilities, skills and processes. There are different capacities to operate and to adapt. So how do we help such businesses? We can look at ‘models’ – frameworks that generally apply to

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The key to making your New Year’s resolutions work

4 months ago 0 0 139

Do you want to leave 2020 in the rear view mirror and make a fresh start in 2021? We often see the end of the year and the start of a new one as a time to reflect on what we have done in the year and what we would want to do differently in future. This pressure to reflect and do differently often emerges as a series of new year’s resolutions. Saying doesn’t make it so NYE resolutions are notorious for failing those who set them. Saying with conviction what you are going to do is not enough to make it happen. The statistics on how many people actually follow through and accomplish their New Year’s resolutions are rather grim. Studies have shown that less than 25% of people actually stay committed to their resolutions after just 30 days, and only 8% accomplish them. (Forbes.com). Gyms are joined, new

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Making meaning

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A parent and child walk through a shopping centre and both see a man dressed in a red suit, with a white beard, sitting in a sleigh. It is mid December, and carols are pumping out of the speakers nearby. Both parent and child are exposed to the same stimuli, yet they make such different meaning from what they perceive. The child is filled with excitement and wonder and have thoughts and beliefs that are vastly different to the parent. The parent may know something different and interpret the scene in a completely different way. Neither is right or wrong – they are simply making meaning. We all attempt to make meaning from what we encounter. It helps understanding, decrease uncertainty and provide the ability to use such meaning to help predict things like this when they happen again.  Everyone starts their meaning making from what they already know –

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Making resilience real

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In times of extreme change – as we have seen in 2020 – resilience becomes a key property of individuals, teams, and organisations that want to not only survive, but to thrive. Resilience is often used to describe an ‘ability to cope’ – like a spring that bends under pressure that then ‘snaps back’ when the pressure is released. As we have learned from the accelerated and amplified change of 2020 and the COVID pandemic, not everything that changes ‘snaps back’ – which means that the change pressure doesn’t go away, it remains in place and may even get greater. Consider your business circumstance through the pandemic, and in particular what has changed for your customers: What changes have occurred that will now remain as the new ‘normal’? What changes occurred that will ‘snap back’ to the way they were when the change pressure is removed? What changes have been

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A zen performance philosophy

8 months ago 0 0 495

Last week, I posted on the idea of entitlement.  This struck a chord with many readers and raised many questions. In this week’s post, I offer some ideas in what else you could do. Key points: Endeavour, Earning and entitlement are three different ways to live your life Each of these ways requires a different focus in what you do, and what you get back They also massively change the way you impact others. The large dissatisfaction that seems to be present in the world can be reframed when we consider the 3 ‘E’s of expectancy – Entitlement, earning and endeavour.  What we expect changes when we understand the nature of our expectation.  There is a mot that can be learned from Zen philosophy that can change the way we live our lives, remove distress and create more value. These three frames describe different ways to approach achievement. The first,

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Should they be in charge? (Assessing leadership)

1 year ago 0 0 611

The Australian opposition just selected as new leader, and the UK Tories are currently starting the process of finding a leader to replace Ms. May and take them forward. It is likely that the people selected for these roles are not chosen on their ‘ability to lead’, but rather may other elements.  In a ‘perfect world’, how do we go about assessing leadership, both in current leaders and leadership aspirants?  In truth, people are routinely terrible at identifying and selecting great leaders. Whilst we are desperate to identify them, install them and even emulate them, knowing what will make a great leader is fraught with human error. In our desire to find and become great leaders, we often get sucked into the myth that is the cult of leadership. Why are we suckers for the cult of leadership? Humans seem to have a need to raise onto pedestals people who

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Is it time to fight your biggest enemies?

2 years ago 0 0 689

Sometimes they feel like your closest friends. They seem to want to keep you safe, keep you comfortable. But these two ‘false friends’ are your worst enemies if you want to succeed in business or in life. These old friends are fear and habit. They are insidious. They don’t walk around bold as brass. Most often they hide themselves away and ‘whisper’ into your ear. They sprinkle just enough of their magic on what you do to keep you stuck, keep you scared and keep you small. Have you ever sat in a meeting where someone says “yes, but we don’t do it that way!”. Or someone might find a way to get their point across with something like “But what if we don’t do it!” These are simply versions of your false friends speaking up to keep you stuck. There is some sort of comfort in not changing, not

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