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How to Deconstruct Resistance to Change – 3 Real Life Scenarios

August 17, 2017 by Leave a Comment

I recently gave a speech on the subject of "Delivering Results in an Era of Change" to a group of CEOs that are members of the Association Forum of Chicago. This is a 4000 member organization that serves the large number of associations that are headquartered in the area. The overall theme of the meeting was Construct, Deconstruct and Reconstruct. Over the last several months I have seen that theme repeated with clients and their relationships with peers and subordinates in organizations that can be consistently characterized as undergo... Continue Reading

How to Manage a Team Dialogue Constructively

June 29, 2017 by Leave a Comment

I recently facilitated a meeting with a very successful team of financial advisors who manage client assets in excess of $7 billion. The executive committee of this group has been a client of mine for many years. Two retirements, one recent and one pending, had created friction within the team as it struggled with issues of planning and succession. I'm happy to report a very successful outcome to the meeting and I hope that you find lessons learned about how to manage a team dialogue in a constructive fashion relatable to your situati... Continue Reading

Are You Winning the War for Talent?

April 6, 2017 by 2 Comments

15+ years ago Jim Clifton of the Gallup organization wrote a book called The Coming Jobs War.  The consultant, McKinsey and Company, warned that they saw a "war for talent" brewing for the foreseeable future. Both groups warned that having a "good" job will increasingly be difficult to obtain and this struggle will have negative repercussions on the mental health of our societies. Even though the unemployment rate in our country today is a historically low 4.7%, meaning that 7.5 million of the labor force is unemployed, there are 5.8 millio... Continue Reading

Developing Resilience in the Workplace

April 6, 2016 by Leave a Comment

I read a recent article in the New Yorker Magazine, "How People Learn to Become Resilient", by Maria Konnikova, and it made me think of a client company who I've worked with for 15 years that is currently in its third year of a merger process, now with a second acquirer. This issue of resiliency in the workplace made me think of how many of my clients are navigating in incredibly difficult waters over such an extended period of time. I know some have dealt better than others, some have left and many are dispirited. A high performing organiz... Continue Reading

Don’t Bother With Those New Year’s Resolutions, Unless…

January 6, 2016 by Leave a Comment

Did you know that the second week of January is the busiest week of the year in US health clubs and gyms? Much of this increase is related to New Year's resolutions to "get in shape this year" but 80% of these new members drop off by the second month. That means there's only a 20% chance that you'll consistently use your new gym membership more than once per month. What does this tell us about the power of our New Year's resolutions and setting goals in general? It says that there's quite a gap between good intentions and achieving results.... Continue Reading

Flowers and Positive Thinking Should Start Blooming Now

March 12, 2015 by Leave a Comment

The mind is everything. What you think you become. – Buddha I was having breakfast with a client on the Friday morning of Super Bowl weekend. It was a bright sunny day in Chicago but characteristically very cold. My client was whining a little bit about being in the throes of winter and I declared that on this bright, sunny day all we needed to think about was that spring was just six weeks away. Two days later Mother Nature dumped over 20 inches of snow on us and partially crippled the city. So much for me trying to accentuate the positiv... Continue Reading

5 Common Misconceptions About Change – And What You Can Do About Them

January 27, 2015 by Leave a Comment

As I've written about before, change is a very challenging thing to deal with – both personally and professionally. In Europe and North America, almost 50% of marriages end in divorce. That's with TWO people! Making change happen in your own company, even if it's for the soundest of business reasons, has an even gloomier outlook, according to an article published on CNBC: Leading a major change effort in any organization, let alone a large and complex one, presents a first order challenge, often among the most difficult of any executive ... Continue Reading

5 Myths About Changing Behavior

November 25, 2014 by 1 Comment

To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly. - Henri Bergson, French Philosopher (1859 – 1941) Fast Company magazine is a publication that I have followed for many years. In 2005, the cover of its May issue was entitled "Change or Die". Needless to say, that caught my attention given the fact that change is one of the key things I discuss with my clients. Here are the 5 myths about changing behavior that were discussed in that article and some ideas about what you can do to learn about... Continue Reading