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change change leadership Feb 15, 2018

Written by Roxanne Brown

There are lots of times when I’ve thought (exasperated), why can’t I do anything about this?!
I read endlessly about change. I’ve advised countless executives and practitioners on the ways and means of getting change done. I’m constantly thinking and talking about it. No kidding, I’m oddly fascinated and adore the subject.
And yet when it comes to some things I work on personally, it just doesn’t matter how much I know. So frustrating!
My conclusion? Sometimes you just need a little outside help to get what you want. I know, I know, not particularly insightful and a little self-serving. Definitely not my intent!
What I can share that may be of use to you are a few assets that can help -- the things I turn to when I’m working on something I really, really want. So, here you go…
Book advice:
  • Change Anything, by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Granny, David Mayfield, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler – A great resource for different strategies you can try. Some of my favorite strategies are…
    • Turn accomplices (your change preventers) into friends (positive change influencers)
    • Make it a game -- how can I make it fun to do something I really don't like?
    • Raise the price of bad behavior -- e.g., contribute to a charity you hate
    • Bribe yourself -- e.g., set up a bank account to reward yourself each time you perform the right behavior
  • What to Say When You Talk to Your Self, by Shad Helmstetter – Yup, a classic self-help book that gets your inner voice working for you.
A tool of my own:
Sending best wishes for getting what you want most this year!

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