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 [...]

How to Avoid the Price of “I wish I Had Known He Felt That Way.”

It is not surprising that organizations are continuously trying to find clear solutions to better engage and retain their best employees because  turnover and disengagement are extraordinarily expensive. According to a Watson Wyatt study, a one standard deviation improvement in engagement is associated with a 1.9 increase in revenue per employee: “To put this in perspective, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Procrastination: Common Causes and Remedies

Procrastination, common causes and [...]

The Implementation Challenge: Strategic Leadership

In 2008, three experts, H. Jorgensen, L. Owen, and A. Neus published a study called Making Change Work. They presented the concern of many CEOs regarding the successful completion of change efforts and projects and found  that the “disparity between expecting change and being able to manage it” does not “hinge primarily [...]

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 [...]

TedX Video: Sebastian Seung: I am My Connectome

Over the years, working with a variety of organizations and teams, I have run into many myths in business. Some myths run deeper than others, other myths have led experts to design solutions that are less effective, and some completely block organizations from achieving desired results.

One myth that I have found interesting is that people [...]

The Birth of Something New

People are not perfect and probably the only perfection we should strive for should be a healthy balance anyway. But achieving balance often requires having a certain level of stability; a privilege most teams in our modern age do not have. Most teams cannot find healthy balances because hardly anyone gets to do the same [...]