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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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How can I reduce the risk to my change goals? change 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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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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Change: Learn Your Way Forward change change leadership leadership Aug 22, 2021

Written by Roxanne Brown

Change is an active learning process. Even when the destination is clear (most often it's not, even in the most stable times), the path there involves a lot of test-and-learn activity. We like the "learn your way forward" way of thinking about change, or ...

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What-if Scenarios: Risks Change Professionals navigate every day change change leadership leadership Jun 17, 2021

Part of the What-if Series: Risks Change Professionals navigate every day. What do you do as a Change Professional when you've just started on a project that's been in progress for a long time already?

Many Change Professionals believe that they're at a disadvantage when they don't start on a...

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Are You a Great Change Leader? change change leadership development leadership Apr 17, 2021

Written by Ed Cook

It’s a fascinating exercise to pose the question, “Are you a great Change Leader?”  The personae that tend to emerge break in one of two directions,  Lawyer or Scientist.

The Lawyer will begin with a recitation of presumably amazing evidence...

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If You Think Change Will Be Hard, It Will Be change change leadership leadership Feb 27, 2021

Written by Roxanne Brown

If you think change will be hard, it will be. We’ve seen it over and over again. If you believe your people can’t handle change or don’t like change then you are pretty much guaranteeing that it won’t go well. If you believe that your people...

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Our Vision of Work Can Be change leadership joy at work leadership Feb 18, 2021

Written by Roxanne Brown

The first time we created Joy at Work on a team (a huge group of 250 people located all over the country), everyone asked us how we did it…

Was it more…

• Team lunches?
• Ice cream socials?
• Scavenger hunts?
• Roleplay simulations?
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Spreading Joy Can Help You Feel Joy Yourself change leadership joy at work Jan 25, 2021

Written by Roxanne Brown

Spreading joy can help you feel joy yourself.

You may feel frustrated by your work.
You may feel frustrated by your colleagues.
You can also let that go temporarily and just imagine you love your work and enjoy working with your colleagues.
With that in mind, what...

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Change is a Learning Process change change leadership joy at work leadership Jan 22, 2021

Written by Roxanne Brown

It’s not usually WHAT you want to change that upsets people, it’s HOW they feel they (and others) are treated in the process that is most upsetting. The best you can do is be intentional about how you want it to feel and decide what must be true for...

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Connecting to Your Intention as a Leader change leadership leadership Jan 21, 2021

Written by Roxanne Brown

As a leader, you do things all the time that no one will ever know you did. No one will ever know how you struggled over the decisions, the work, the sacrifice you made or the arrows you took. It’s impossible for others to know. They aren’t you and they...

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