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 [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]

The Lie of Most Leadership Books

In an article with the above title, published on CBS MoneyWatch, Dave Logan outlines the confusing platform set by most leadership books. The three most problematic leadership books, according to Logan, are religious leadership and self help leadership books. Logan’s main claim is that “leadership, like most fields, is made richer [...]

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 [...]