Resilience: The Ultimate Toolkit for Your Team's New Year's Projections

Olafur Grimsson, the president of Iceland recently spoke about Iceland’s growth coming out of the crisis of 2008: a complete collapse of Iceland’s banking system, and the economic crisis that followed. What most people don’t know is that this crisis was followed by a dramatic volcanic eruption. In Grimsson’s words: “If you were given the [...]

Starting Change in the Middle

As a change agent you know the difficulty of Top-Down change. Senior executives, like the rest of us, see things from their own perspective. They  may define desired results and how to go about getting desired results very differently than you do, which typically blocks you from making needed progress.

Bottom-UP efforts are equally challenging. Even [...]

As a Leader Who is a Change Agent, Which Kind of People Do You Pick For Your Team?

Whether they know it or not, leaders in organizations are often change agents. Most experts will probably agree that a CEO’s role is to set strategy and vision as well as build a culture that will optimize the organization’s productivity. The CEO ultimately sets the direction,  responding to changes in the market and, as result, [...]

What Will it Take for the Right People to Advance in Your Organization?

In one of the organizations I worked with in the past they had saying: “If you tie a manager to a tree and wait twenty years, that manager will turn into a C level executive.” In that organization, promotion was dictated by passively sticking around. The less you heard about those managers, the more likely [...]