Are you sure you can take it

THIS IS WHY YOU CAN’T QUITE REACH THAT BIG GOAL

It is crucial that the feedback you get is valuable – especially feedback about your Blind Spots (things about you known to others, but not to you). This is a big challenge as this information can be hard to come by, especially from your team and direct reports. However, for you to grow and develop yourself, it’s critical that you get access ASAP. Success in achieving your goals depends on it – especially the ones that really stretch you. This article aims to help you tackle this challenge.

Break through resistance

HOW TO BREAK THOUGH RESISTANCE AND LEAD CHANGE

If you had to choose a country that would resist gay marriage, Ireland would be a safe choice.  At least in the western and northern hemispheres.  Yet somehow, in 2015 a national referendum legalizing gay marriage miraculously passed. As S ...

Tired of the Status Quo_

THIS IS WHY IT DOESN’T STICK!

"Change or go." How would you react to this threat? Here are two possible reactions: "What if I fail? Will I be exposed?" "What if I don't change? Will I be left behind?" According to former former MIT Professor Edgar Schein, the brain reacts to s ...

IF & WHEN...

This Is How To Manage Complex Change

Agility = the power of moving quickly and easily (dictionary.com). To adapt to new and emerging challenges, complex change demands an agile approach. Think about it - by the time you communicate your change strategy, something significant could ha ...

Complexity

The HOW Is More Important Than The WHAT

Standing at the foot of Mt. Everest.  No water.  No oxygen.  No proper equipment to speak of. Nevertheless, must get to the top.  And fast. Teaching and travelling around Asia in the second half of the 1990s, this is exactly how I felt on my return to t ...

Fantastic Mr. Fox

TO BE OR NOT TO BE: HOW TO VERIFY YOUR TALENT

“I believe every artist had someone who told them they were dirt and someone who told them that they were the second coming of the baby Jesus, and they believed ‘em both". – Bruce Springsteen BBC Radio 4 Springsteen’s observation got me thinking… ...

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How To Make The BIG LEAP From Good To Great

Do you work for a great company? If so, what makes it great? If no, what prevents it from being so? Do its other stakeholders feel the same as you (employees, customers, suppliers)? As an independent contractor, I get to choose the organizatio ...

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3 Characteristics to Ensure Your Team Has Teeth

Anyone with internet access and a company job in 2016 is aware of at least 2 of these 3 things: 40 is the new 30. Nerd is the new cool. Cross-functional teams are the new organization. Teams are nothing new. As Schumpeter points out in “Team Spiri ...