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Successful Change and Improvement Needs Balanced Improvement Planning

Many managers confuse making changes within their organization with making changes to their organization. Both are needed. But they have to be balanced.

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Stepping Back to Step Ahead Through Reviewing and Assessing

When we don't know how we're doing we can't improve. Failing to periodically review and assess is one of the major reasons so many improvement efforts lose their way.

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Paradoxical Balancing Acts in Organization Improvement

Too often, we see the world in narrow binary, either/or terms, but top performers look beyond either/or, to and/also. Much of life consists of two opposite and sometimes opposing forces, the key is finding a balance that's right for the conditions and circumstances.

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Organizational Changes to Deal with Whirlwinds of Change

Today's societies, organizations, and people have gone — and are going — through major changes. Emerging from research are key elements and characteristics of top performing organizations in today's environment.

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Mastering Change Through Continuous Growth, Learning, and Improvement

What most of us clearly hate and strongly resist is — being changed. But when change represents learning, growth, and improvement, it generates energy and is often eagerly embraced.

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Manifesto for a Leadership Development Revolution

Strengths-based leadership development is the biggest revolution in the leadership development field in the last 50 years, paving the path for developing leaders with powerful data.

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Improvement Planning Pathways and Pitfalls (Part Two)

Discover the Improvement Planning approaches that can help you to avoid the pitfalls and pave your organization's pathway to success

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Improvement Planning Pathways and Pitfalls (Part One)

Discover the Improvement Planning approaches that can help you to avoid the pitfalls and pave your organization's pathway to success.

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Improvement Planning Infrastructure and Process

Personal, team, or organization improvement doesn't happen just because we want to get better. Unless we have the infrastructure and processes for constant and ongoing improvement, it's all just wishful thinking.

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Improvement Planning for Taking Charge of Change

Continually improving our capabilities calls for coordination and planning. The goal of planning isn't plans, however, but action.

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Change Management Can Lead to Rigidity and Resistance to Change

"Change Management" is an oxymoron. A successful change/improvement path will evolve as we approach each fork in the road and take advantage of the unforeseeable opportunities that quietly present themselves along our journey.

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Change Checkpoints and Improvement Milestones

Many paths lead to higher performance. By using change checkpoints and improvement milestones we can chart our path's success as we blaze our own trail toward ever-higher performance levels.

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Bolt-On Programs or Built-In Culture Change

Over the past few decades of working with hundreds of senior management teams while leading The Achieve Group (now AchieveGlobal) and The CLEMMER Group, I've seen the strategic, the tactical, and the totally lost.

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Balancing Top-Down and Bottom-Up Change Processes

Managers' behavior is the single most important variable in the success or failure of any organization's change or improvement effort. This starts with recognition that the organization is full of current or potential change champions.

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An Educational Process for Change and Improvement Efforts

The best approaches, to help everyone in the organization understand what's going on and why, are personal and interactive. Workshops or seminars featuring presentations and discussions by senior managers are an effective educational tool in the improvement process.

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Pathways to Performance: A Guide to Transforming Yourself, Your Team, and Your Organization

Pathways to Performance: A Guide to Transforming Yourself, Your Team, and Your Organization

Managers keep searching for the sure-fire change and improvement path. But following the trendy and popular routes often lead them over a cliff or into dead-end canyons. Cutting through the buzzwords and theories, comes Pathways to Performance — a guide to help you, your team, and your organization blaze your own successful way to high performance.

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Asset-Based Community Development is Part of Emerging Strengths-Based Movement

I had lunch recently with Derek Alton to discuss his new role as Campaign Animator at the Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement. Derek is a sharp, creative, and ambitious young innovator who is very driven to fulfill Tamarack’s mission of “collaboratively creating vibrant communities by engaging learning leaders.” I’ve stayed in touch with Tamarack’s co-founding […]

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Harnessing the Power of an Offsite Retreat

Time away from daily operations in a management team retreat is critical to “sharpening the axe.” Having seen the powerful R & R (revitalization and renewal) emerge from dozens of offsite retreats we’ve facilitated over the decades, I used to be baffled by the fact that so many management teams don’t do them. It’s now […]

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Thoughts That Make You Go Hmm on…Synergistic Opposites

Joe Folkman’s latest Forbes column, “Exceptional Leaders: Are they the Friend or the Enemy?“, provides yet more of his research on the incredible multiplying power of leaders who are BOTH likable and demanding. Finding synergy where others see contradictions is proving to be a key element in highly effective leadership. “The opposite of a correct […]

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Love, Leadership, and Productivity

Valentine’s Day hearts convey feelings of love and passion. It’s a day to celebrate romantic relationships and express our gratitude and affection for loved ones enriching our lives. February 14 is also a good time to review the powerful impact extraordinary leaders have on their teams and organizations. Exceptional leaders fan the flames of love […]

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