Change Management

How to get Unstuck on Something that Matters

As a Coach, I’m most often working with clients on getting unstuck. As a person, I get stuck too. Recently I made headway on something important to me. It was a visceral reminder of the steps that we can take to make progress on even the most difficult changes.

All my life, I’ve wanted to write fiction. As a child, stories had flowed from my hand. Then, for a myriad of reasons (some material, most unconscious) I gave it up.

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The Facilitator as Conscious Sailor

I’m working on a Facilitation Skills course for leaders and thinking hard about how to distill 30 years of experience into a day. My definition of an effective facilitator is “Someone who makes the work of the group easier, through planned and spontaneous interventions.”  I think it captures the aspect of being of service to the group, and the facilitator’s responsibility to bring something important to the table.

A good metaphor comes to mind:  The way of the Conscious Sailor.

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4 Steps to Move from Insight to Action

Hint: Being brilliant isn’t enough.

Just knowing how to do something doesn’t mean you can do it. Many brilliant leaders struggle to learn how to embody the traits to which they aspire. Think about the difference between knowing and doing. You can read a book about sailing, sit and watch someone else do it, even practice in a safe harbour – but until you steer the craft safely through a storm you’d hardly call yourself a sailor.

Insight doesn’t equal action.

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New New Years Resolutions

We’ve all read the dismal statistics on the failure rate of keeping our New Year’s Resolutions. Want a change? Here’s some suggestions:

1. Create a New Habit for 2017: A habit must have these elements to be sustainable – be a specific actionable behaviour that you can fit into your every day life. A good way to build a new habit is to replace an old habit, and to use the “I used to do this” moment as the trigger to do the new behaviour.

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How do you change when your leader changes?

One of the more significant changes we deal with at work is the change in our reporting relationship. Ray is in this position:  The person who hired her (who actively recruited her into this new company) has left – and she now finds herself reporting to a person she doesn’t know, and frankly, didn’t choose to work with.

While disappointed, Ray may not realize she’s in a precarious position. A new leader has to prove their own worth with quick results.

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