So many of our clients are in some phase of reorganization that is seems almost the norm. It may be.
In this month’s letter, there is more focus on dealing with challenges and reorganization. Thoughts and self-talk are key to our well-being in life … even more so when dealing with change. Watching a range of approaches used by our clients gives us some perspective on what works best.
Most of the blogs this month apply more broadly than reorganizations. There is also a discovery I found that will help me in my photography expedition to Iceland. Looking forward to the expedition is very exciting.
“As we express our gratitude we must remember that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” John F. Kennedy
Stress or Challenge?
In my early childhood as I roamed among the imaginary dinosaurs, my wise grandmother would say, “When you don’t think you will be successful, we call it ‘stress’. When we think we will make it, we call it ‘challenge’.” Now Harvard has done a study to prove that she was right
The study results of “Turning the Knots in Your Stomach into Bows” reported in Journal of Experimental Social Psychology which found that embracing stress enhanced performance in tests as well as in presentations to groups. Specifically, the report says:
“The Harvard study is part of a growing body of research to find that the best way to handle stress is to embrace it rather than to minimize it. Whether it’s a student facing a final exam, an executive delivering a big presentation or an athlete preparing for a championship … [continue …]
Reorganization as an Opportunity
I have experienced many reorganizations as an opportunity. I found that in the first six months after an organizational change, the concrete of the bureaucracy was wet and had cracks. I could get things done and changed that were not possible when the organization was stable.
Reorganizations always come packaged with good-sounding reasons that it will improve the business and better serve the customer. There is always skepticism and questioning of the leaders and the rationale.
It is in these key moments, when others are confused or angry, you can find opportunity. Tie what you want to get done to …[continue]
Travel Tracking App
The travel section of the New York Times (24 May 2015) listed three mobile Apps for tracking travel and pictures for yourself or to share. I downloaded “LiveTrekker” app and I am very impressed before I even try it. I could see using this app frequently for our local walks in the woods or finding that great little restaurant we found the last time we were in New York City. A vacation travel log is an obvious opportunity. I also see this as a great tool for teams distributed around the world to share their life experiences with each other. [Continue …]
Futurists say that the total sum of human knowledge doubles every year or two—and that the rate is increasing.
“There were five exabytes of information created by the entire world between the dawn of civilization and 2003,” Google CEO Eric Schmidt said at a conference in 2010. “Now that same amount is created every two days.”
Have a wonderful Summer …
.. for all of our friends in the northern hemisphere!
Our summer will include continued work on building Change Masters Academy®. We are currently piloting a new coaching product called “Communication Trax” that looks very promising. This coaching process is aimed at high talent clients who want help with one single area. It is a combination of videos and 1:1 coaching with Carol Keers. This will be available remotely with videoconferencing or in-person.
The Sport of Business video series is on track to be released later this summer. Early reviews have created a high level of excitement.
We are also updating the “branding” of our materials and websites so they will look a bit different than in the past. Every time we update websites, we miss some typos even after several reviews. If you see any, please let me know.
Your comments and questions are always appreciated!