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Declaring Commitment Oct 25, 2022

Written by Ed Cook

Commitment is a word that shows up in many places. Some commitments are more quiet and more personal. We make commitments via New Year’s resolutions, sometimes to a workout regime, sometimes to different eating habits, and sometimes to our relationships. Some of...

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How to Lead a Change You Dislike change leadership Sep 23, 2022

Written by Roxanne Brown

We’ve all been there. You’ve been given a task you don’t believe in or you have to make a decision you hate making or both. So what do you do when you have to lead a change you don’t like?

The first thing to do is get your mind...

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Recover from Change Gone Wrong Sep 14, 2022

Written by Roxanne Brown

“What if it looked like we were succeeding and now things are going wrong? How do we recover?"

It’s not unusual for a project team to get overconfident about how a change is going and then experience a big reaction from stakeholders because they...

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How can I reduce the risk to my change goals? analytics change leadership Aug 24, 2022

Written by Roxanne Brown

When we’re seeking behavior change in the workplace, measuring it can seem like a really strange thing to do. Aren’t people too unpredictable to make measuring worthwhile? What exactly would we measure? What could it possibly tell us that we...

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Change Overload and Joy change leadership Aug 04, 2022

Written by Roxanne Brown

Multiple simultaneous changes is business-as-usual for most companies. It’s often necessary for companies to make several changes at the same time in response to a risk or opportunity. So how do you manage all of this?

Practical & Tactical

If you are...

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The Joy of Change Decisions Jul 28, 2022

Written by Roxanne Brown

We see Decision-making and Change implementation as partners. This thought was sparked because…

  • When Ed came to my conferences about Change, he heard a lot of Change experts talk about the unfortunate position of implementing bad decisions
  • When I went to...
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Recognizing and Reinforcing Change Progress Jul 25, 2022

Written by Roxanne Brown

When you're leading your team to change you may wonder: How do I recognize and reinforce the progress people are making toward the change I have in mind?

Meaningful recognition demonstrates that you understand and respect the unique capabilities and...

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Team Engagement team engagement Jul 23, 2022

Written by Ed Cook

Engagement is a big word. Employee Engagement is an often discussed goal. Engaged employees are the ones who will stay with the organization. They are the ones who will do the difficult tasks and solve the difficult problems. But is this really true? Perhaps we need to...

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The Crisis of Emotional Capital joy at work team engagement May 22, 2022

Written by Ed Cook

The last couple of years forced two global experiments, one in remote education and the other in remote work. Much of these two experiments are about human interaction. They explore what it means to communicate, to lead, to teach. The final and full understanding of...

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Is It Safe to Participate? change leadership Apr 24, 2022

Written by Ed Cook

The amount of each team member’s participation is a meaningful predictor of the success or failure of the team and the company culture. Participation means being part of the team, not just showing up. The same root word for “part” (as in being part of)...

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The Joy of Managing Up joy at work Apr 10, 2022

Written by Roxanne Brown

For good reason, managing up gets a bad rap. When the concept was first introduced to me it was in the context of working for a difficult boss. Later it became a recommended strategy for getting promoted or keeping senior management happy. Applied in these...

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What's a Trust Fall? joy at work virtual teams Apr 03, 2022

Written by Roxanne Brown

What's a Trust Fall? Or rather, what’s the point of it? The trust fall is an exercise meant to increase confidence between people: “I can rely on you for my safety and success when I’m at risk personally. And you can rely on me in the same...

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