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 [...]

What if Your Boss is the Problem?

It is not uncommon that the head of the organization needs to change in order for the organization to reach it’s full potential. While the defining the problem is typically far more complex than pinpointing the influence of one individual, one individual can certainly be the key for success.

What happens when your boss  doesn’t recognize [...]

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 You Need to Fully Understand Choice-in-Action if You Hope to Succeed at Anything

At the moment, success rates of change efforts, big and small, are probably not far off from what random success rates would be without any expert change agents leading the way. Sure, there are change agents that do better than others, but with 70%  failure rates for major changes and 90% of people admitting they [...]

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 [...]

Metta World Peace - How to Inspire change?

Is raising awareness to an issue a good trigger for inspiring change no matter what attention you draw?

Late in 2011 the NBA player, Ron Artest, changed his name to Metta World Peace. The declared goal was to inspire and bring youth together all around the world. I’m all about world peace. Coming from Israel, [...]

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 [...]

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 Test of Power- Harvard Business School on TedX

“We like to sort the world into good people who have stable and enduringly strong, positive characters, and bad people who have weak or frail characters. So why then do seemingly good people behave badly?”

In this fascinating presentation, Nitin Nohria, Dean of Harvard Business School, explores what happens [...]