What Happens To The Others?

When we look at organizational change and innovative processes, we focus on the benefits for our business. But what happens to the people who don’t fit into those new ideas? Change is often not going to be positive for everyone. A few years ago, Hong Kong changed their education system, and whereas before they would […]

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What Kind of Change?

When you think about creativity in your organization, are you talking about making small changes to what’s already there, or do you mean discontinuous innovation, the idea of coming up with something brand new?? Do you think about how to do things differently, or do you think about how to do different things? Are you […]

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Fighting For Your Right to Be Outdated

All the discussion about streaming sites’ VPN blocking and other attempts to stop online piracy have, to a large extent, ignored the business models that content owners are following. Many of them, like television networks, they have continued to ignore changes in technology and obvious consumer demand and instead have looked to legal and technological […]

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Lessons From the Gym: Starting the Change Process

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Anyone who knows me knows I am a big fan of taking lessons from personal fitness and bringing them into the workplace (I even wrote a book about it). This is one reason I encourage firms to design a wellness program and help their employees maintain a healthy work-life integration. Not only do you have […]

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Accept That Change is Hard

Since the 1990s the most consistent theme underlying business discussions has been “change.” We talk about being open to change, preparing for change, managing change…all of these are important. But one thing we need to acknowledge is that change is hard. And that’s OK. When you’ve had some consistency and success for years — whether […]

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Time to Reboot Your Talent Policies?

Some cooling off of China’s economy has shaken confidence around the region, leading to some uncertainty in the workplace among long-time employees who thought they knew where they were headed. This has also created an unfortunate first impression for people entering the workforce now, who are hearing “doom and gloom” stories about entire industries slowing […]

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Breaking Memory

A couple years after running my first marathon I was starting a membership at a new gym and began working with a new personal trainer. We discussed my goals and agreed on some methods for building up my body for marathons — with 2 or 3 planned for each year, with the goal of completing […]

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Evolutionary and Revolutionary Change

Change is hard, employees resist change, blah blah blah. Yes, we have heard it all before, and no, it is not all true. Yes, change can be hard, and people can be very resistant. If your company is going from producing cars to producing cabinets, you are going to need some pretty major adaptation in […]

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Make Change Easy

Even though we may like to think of ourselves as flexible and innovative, the reality is that we fall into routines at work and get comfortable. That’s good, because we can find what works best and then do it, but sometimes we need to change how we do business, and that can be awfully stressful. […]

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Double-Loop Learning

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Organizations (actually, the individuals who comprise them) are always learning. At least, they are if they want to be successful. But there are different kinds of learning. In general, when people are learning they are keeping their eyes open to what is going on around them, they are willing to question things, they see relationships […]

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