Tag Archives: Change

How to Foster an Organizational Culture of Learning

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Guest Post by Courtney McIntosh Increasingly, organizations are discovering the value of investing in a learning culture. And it makes sense, learning drives engagement, retention, innovation and so many other business priorities. That’s why I’m delighted to host this guest post by Courtney McIntosh with actionable insights and access to findcourses.com’s L&D Report 2018. Let’s all learn together about this… and please share what you and your organization are doing to promote a learning culture. Learning culture, defined by Stephen Gill, co-owner of Learning to be Great LLC as “a work environment that supports and encourages the continuous and collective …

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Subtle sabotage: The invisible impediment to change

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Change is a deeply human phenomenon, activating deeply human responses that don’t always help to advance organizational goals relative to change. But given today’s business environment—in which it seems that constant and escalating change is the fuel behind much progress and results—leaders must quickly master their ability to understand and constructively respond to the range of responses that could inhibit success. Any leader who’s been on the job for more than a day has seen evidence of some of the most frequent and noticeable employee responses to change: Open resistance, characterized by the obvious and verbalized messages that let you …

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Give ‘Em Some Space (For Possibilities)

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A significant dimension of leadership is coaching… engaging in conversations that help others make the leap from where they are to where they want (or need) to be. Whether the focus is on correcting a performance problem, expanding capacity, improving relationships, or developing within one’s career, coaching is a powerful tool for supporting others as they grow, achieve, and realize their full potential. Whether you’ve been formally trained or have simply picked it up by watching others, you’ve likely learned about the ‘mechanics’ of coaching…. and that questions are the tools of the trade.  Effective coaches construct a conversation (or, …

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Small Steps Drive Significant Change

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Last week I had the pleasure of working with a national retailer whose leadership team has established some bold goals to transform the culture and reinvent the customer experience. It’s a heady vision that, given their size and structure, will likely prove to be ambitious. Yet, given the distance this organization must travel and the importance of the initiative, they’re not calling in the brass band, turning their organizational chart on its head, or asking associates to ceremonially sign on to the new mission. Rather than taking big steps in the direction of their goals, they’re consciously and deliberately taking …

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Stop Driving Employees Nuts

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This article originally appeared at SmartBlog on Leadership in November 2012. After dedicating a large portion of my professional life to helping leaders develop new skills to improve workplace performance, I’ve come to a startling (and perhaps career-limiting) conclusion: Employee engagement, motivation, and results are less about introducing new leadership behaviors and more about just stopping the stuff that makes employees crazy. Let me frame this as a little parable. Leaders in a mythical company worked diligently to create a lovely gardened footpath. They design it to honor, inspire and rejuvenate the workforce. But no one used it. Why? Because …

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Staying Afloat

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Paddle boarding is my favorite summer pastime. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a cross between kayaking and surfing that involves standing on a long board and using an oar to maneuver around a body of water. Easy, right? Not always. On a recent outing during which weather conditions were a little challenging, I was determined not to fall into the ocean. So I focused squarely on the three most critical factors: the waves, the wind, and the wake of other vessels.  As long as I sustained that focus on those 3-Ws, I was stable and able to move …

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Career Development: It’s Not for Wimps

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This article was originally posted by ASTD in honor of 2012 Career Week. In honor of its annual Career Week, the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) partnered with Bev Kaye and me to conduct a survey designed to surface a variety of career-related issues. One dimension focused on collecting stories from members about the scariest but best career moves they’d ever made. This really captured the imaginations of those who responded but also those who’ve reviewed the findings since. Although the sample size was relative small (less than 100 courageous professionals who share their experiences facing fear and …

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