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We can be a leader who brings about change and we can also be someone who changes leadership. Which are you?


4 Steps to Influence Change Through Resistance

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Great opportunities lie on the other side of the status quo. We’ve all heard lines like, “We’ve never done it that way;” or “We tried that back in 1975…” or “That won’t work.” Something inside you knows a process, product, or result can be improved. You’re sure if they’d only listen, commit to a new » Read More


1 Way to Define Your Leadership


I was recently asked to give a talk at a conference where the theme was “Define Yourself.” In preparation for outlining what I might talk about, I reflected on all the ways that one can define themselves. Two ideas immediately popped: You define yourself by the things you do or don’t do – what you » Read More


Understanding resistance to change


Is resistance to change truly irrational? Many times, people being impacted by an organizational change initiative are called “irrational” or even worse by those leading the effort. However, even someone who is clinically insane is behaving rationally within their worldview. To themselves, people do not behave irrationally though they may be viewed that way by » Read More


Emergent Change: Shifting to a complexity paradigm


The traditional approach to organizational change has been a tightly planned process with objectives established by top management. This planned approach to organizational change is reinforced with the publication of numerous best practice case studies for change, detailed guides for leading the neophyte through the change wilderness, and studies of what is needed to remove » Read More


Paradox of Organizational Change


The following statements are often heard from those giving advice to those leading organizational change initiatives: “The first requirement is to have top management on board.” “Top management buy-in is essential for change to occur.” “Significant change will only occur if led from the top.” “The CEO determines the organizational values.” On the other hand, » Read More


Being Leader-ish: When You’re Not Quite a Leader

Half-full or half-empty

  ish. This is the word we use when something is stuck between being and not being. Between is and is not. For example, we might say, “that shirt is red-ish.” Or, “I’m feeling sick-ish.” And sometimes, “the weather is a bit warm-ish.” Describing things as ish is handy, because it helps us avoid committing when » Read More


When Did God Become a Man?


Have you ever gotten a question in your head that just won’t let go? You spend countless hours thinking about it, because you really want to understand and know?  Well, the above question is one of those types of questions. Thousands of years ago, God was given a female gender identity. But now, in modern » Read More


6 Forces Resisting Change

6 Forces Resisting Change | Lead Change Group

I recently wrote a post titled 5 Ideas To Direct Your Best Energy Toward Your Greatest Purpose. We need to mobilize leaders. Personally, I want to hate my laziness,  television,  surfing, and anything keeping me from impact.  I hope to connect with a movement of leaders who are driven to make a positive difference. Many » Read More


The gift of our leadership is the gift of our callings


The leaders of tomorrow will embark on a self-discovery journey. They will listen to and act on their callings to fulfill the lives of others. We all share an innate drive for meaning, guidance and purpose. We want to lead significant lives that matter and worth remembering. Lives that can make a memorable difference, lives » Read More


Want a Leadership Culture? Try This.


A leader once said to me “Alan, I’m a leader in my company, but I don’t know what’s expected of me.” A closer look at that organization revealed a few things.  It had succession gaps in key leadership positions.  It had little support for new leaders and no model of leadership.  It had inconsistent training » Read More

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