Why Do We Accept the Idea That You Can't Change People Who Don't Want to Change?

We are never going to always be able to change people who don’t want to change. Thankfully, or hopefully, in a business environment, people will always have the choice not to cooperate. We morally oppose the idea of changing people who don’t want to change. But there are many situations in which doing our damnedest to change people who don’t [...]

Coaching: Can You Change Someone Who Does Not Want to Change? Part II

We consider the statement “you can’t change people who don’t want to change” a truism.

When I started facilitating change, if someone needed to transform it was believed that it was the change agent’s job to give direction and insight, but it was the client’s job to implement or acquire the change. Developments in neuroscience make [...]

Coaching: Can You Change Someone Who Does Not Want to Change? Part I

Coaching is about facilitating positive change. What if your client does not want to change? How can you challenge them to change? What are some best practices to encourage changes in your clients or employees who resist change?

If you are like me, here are some strategies you probably used:

Motivate these people to care more about [...]

Why Neuroscience in the Workplace?

We live in an exciting age. Until about ten years ago, scientists didn’t have the conditions and equipment needed in order to study the complexity of systems in the brain related to change. In recent years, brain science advanced at an exponential rate. After getting a widespread foothold in areas like emotional and physical recovery [...]

The Science of Integration Part II

What makes physics or medicine more of a science than integration of change?

Hoping that facilitating change will ever be as predictable as the results of scientific manipulations in sciences such as physics is probably a long shot, and likely not necessarily an exciting thought. But getting integration efforts to meet scientific standards of sciences like [...]

What an 8-Year-Old Can Teach You About Getting People to Changee to change

Let’s face it, unless people you manage perform their job perfectly and unless they are excellent changers (that accounts for 10% of the population btw), you are likely to need to guide those people to change. Why? Because unless people know how to change, they are not able to make the specific adjustments you need [...]

Why Do Leaders Fail?

In 1997 J. Kouzes and B. Posner wrote an excellent book about what employees need in order to follow leaders. The book, The Leadership Challenge, covers the employee perspective. Recently, Right Management (part of ManPowerGroup) conducted a study to get the management point of view.

The way leaders see it, they believe their leadership success depends [...]

The Antidote to Dealing With an Asshole Boss

The topic of changing people who don’t want to change has always fascinated me. I think, to a great degree, this fascination was nurtured by success.

We all know the truism. If you ask most people if you can change people who don’t want to change, they’ll probably say ‘no.’ But what if you can change [...]

How Can We Align Execution With the Business?

Over the years I have run into several excellent articles about how to align execution with business goals. You set goals, you set a strategy that is an initial road map to the goals, and if people follow the map and apply needed mid-course corrections, the assumption is you’ll reach your [...]

Keys for Transforming Bullies

A bully is often defined as “A person who uses strength or power to harm or intimidate those who are weaker.” The damage of bullying is great, but I would argue that, more importantly, the very definition of the phenomenon is blocking organizations from solving this problem!

Harrison Psychological Associates reports that the business costs of [...]