Are You Man Enough to Report to a Woman?

Women in management positions have a unique set of challenges to deal with. As a woman who has managed and worked side by side with men for many years, I have certainly come to appreciate the development women need to make in order to work in senior positions in business. From what [...]

The DNA of Effective Teams

Richard agreed to work with his R&D team mainly because of repetitive pressure from the manufacturing group. As Systems Division Director in the telecom industry, he knew it was delaying other departments and frustrating clients when deadlines were not met. Richard’s VP realized that development deadlines are not always in [...]

Brain Science and Changing People

Most people assume that executives can go to a presentation or be exposed to models, and if they understand those models, the logic and reasoning, they will be able to apply the needed changes.

Brain science says otherwise.

In the last ten years neuroscientists discovered that there are two very different systems in the brain: one for [...]

Politics and Conflicting Interests Preventing Change

When teams do not make needed adjustments, your organization is stuck, blocked from optimizing productivity or accessing its full potential.

Mark, the Director of HR and Operations for a large transportation company, couldn’t believe he drove two hours to attend the strategic change meeting. It seemed like a total waste of time. When the strategic consulting [...]

Giving Organizations Access to Their Potential

“The most important thing right now is to redefine roles in a way that serves our sales efforts. I can understand the need to be involved as an owner…we need to serve the business with our strengths and that starts with looking at things soberly.” (COO, manufacturing industry)

Bill has been with the company for over [...]

The Application Test: Cooperation vs. Application

To successfully change other people, and especially people who do not want to change, requires overcoming many traps, one of which is overcoming the power that habits and years of repetition have on people.

We are all creatures of habit. Studies show that people resist changing and making needed adjustments even when their health depends on [...]

People Who Do Not Want to Change are Blocking Your Organization From Growing

“Probably the most important thing for us right now is alignment and structure. Growing successfully beyond a start-up requires us to align the functions of different departments under a clear vision. Most of our team is accustomed to responding moment by moment, so we are not focused in our efforts. In my opinion we [...]

Leading Up to a Crisis

“Tomas is a relatively young manager. He has just inherited an environment that is post-turnover of 2 other directors before him, all taking place in the last six months. At this point Tomas has to deal with a full-blown breach of trust. Three of the senior scientists in our R&D department reporting to Tomas, have [...]

When Some of the Team is Ignoring Needed Changes

“We have experienced several waves of growth over the past two years. In the first year we  quadrupled in size, and we are now ten times bigger than we were two years ago. With growth came new challenges and I’d like to see that we remove them out of our way.” (CEO, Security software industry)

Johan [...]

Accelerating the Acquisition of Skills

We tend to think of people who do not want to change as specific difficult individuals who block a team’s ability to optimize its potential, but in fact, in most organizations, 90% of the people in those organizations should be included in this category.

“The new team leader is phenomenal. Her energy and incentives have made [...]