Change Systems Are Less Effective Because They Don't Follow Brain Rules

Research shows that very high percentages of change efforts fail. 70% of mergers and acquisitions lose shareholder value (KPMG Global Survey, A New Dawn: Good Deals in Challenging Times, May 2011). 68% of IT projects fail (Standish Group report, CHAOS Summary, April 2009). Most training fades away within 6 weeks ( John T. Wixted [...]

Are You Picking the Right Champions to Spearhead Your Change Effort?

One of the best strategies to get a change effort to catch on in organizations is to prove the applicability and success of the change in one team. Done well, the results are measured to then serve as a wonderful promotional tool for other teams.

In our experience, there is something you need to watch for [...]

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 [...]

What's Your Team Brain IQ?

The first intelligence test was created in 1905 to determine which French school children were too “slow” to benefit from regular instruction. The idea was that children were increasingly able to learn difficult concepts and perform difficult tasks as they got older.

How quick is your team able to benefit from new opportunities and [...]

Steve Jobs and Motivation

In his book titled Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson describes the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of Steve Jobs. The picture Isaacson draws is not of a man who builds motivated people.

Jobs is described as a man who cared most about perfectionism and control; a man driven by demons who could drive those around him [...]

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 [...]

Synthesis vs. Analysis, and Other Prerequisite Strategies

The way Steven saw it, innovation was a cultural foundation for his organization, not just a creative effort that was related to a specific project or problem. “Our goals for the process we are building in the organization are to minimize the rejection of new ideas and increase focus on applicability…” (Executive VP of regional [...]

Effective Strategies as Internal Simulators

Liz felt held back for the past three years. In her role as Director of HR and Operations in a large agricultural company, she had been tracking productivity for a while and saw how the growth in sales had slowed down over the last few years. “Our CEO has been in the company for [...]

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 [...]