Speak-up Culture: How to Encourage More (and Better) Ideas

Let's Grow Leaders

Another strategy is to clarify that you’re not asking for a 100% accurate answer. When you ask them for their best thinking at the moment or a range of ideas, it gives them permission to explore, rather than commit to something they haven’t thought through yet.

What to Do When Leaders Resist the Change They Hired You to Implement

Change Starts Here

A director of organizational effectiveness facilitated strategy sessions with an executive team, when it became clear that the owners didn’t want their decisions to be boxed in by a strategy. These are all signs that they have some resistance to their own change initiative. They hired you to implement their project, and part of that job is holding them accountable to that commitment.


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StrategyDriven Podcast Episode 34 – Making Change Work: The Problems of Change Management: Bias, Resistance, and Push

Strategy Driven

Episode 34 – Making Change Work: The Problems of Change Management: Bias, Resistance, and Push explores the problems associated with change management, namely, that of bias, resistance, and push. During our discussion, Sharon Drew Morgen, the New York Times bestselling author of Dirty Little Secrets , shares with us her insights and illustrative examples regarding: how contemporary change management models handle resistance.

StrategyDriven Podcast Episode 35 – Making Change Work: If Decisions Are Always Rational, Why Are Changees Resisting?

Strategy Driven

Episode 35 – Making Change Work: If Decisions Are Always Rational, Why Are Changees Resisting? what causes resistance to logical change. what benefits can be gained from resistance. how resistance can be avoided when making a change. Coming editions of the Making Change Work series will explore the steps to gaining the buy-in and committed effort needed to implement change successfully. what causes resistance to logical change.

015: How to Deal with Resistance to Change | Featuring Megan Burns

Engaging Leader

Guest Megan Burns is a consultant, speaker, & managing director of Operations Strategy Consulting. In this episode, Jesse and Megan discuss continuous improvement and how to handle resistance to change. Together they explore the following questions: We hear that people are naturally resistant to change. Why can it be hard to engage employees and executives to become fully committed to continuous improvement? How can you minimize resistance from the outset?

Executing Your Strategy: Avoiding The Epic Fail

Six Disciplines

Failure to understand the resources, time required to execute the strategy. • Can the staff, equipment, and processes handle the stated strategy? Failure to obtain senior leader commitment. Failure to obtain team member commitment. • The strategy is not well explained to employees. • No incentives given to workers to embrace the strategy. Inadequate understanding of the internal resistance to change.

Executing Your Strategy: Avoiding The Epic Fail

Six Disciplines

Failure to understand the resources, time required to execute the strategy. • Can the staff, equipment, and processes handle the stated strategy? Failure to obtain senior leader commitment. Failure to obtain team member commitment. • The strategy is not well explained to employees. • No incentives given to workers to embrace the strategy. Inadequate understanding of the internal resistance to change.

The Benefits of a Chief Transformation Officer for Growth

N2Growth Blog

Vrio Corp has been committed to following market trends and increasing its value proposition through transformation: investing in technology and content aligned with the consumers’ habits, emphasizing the next generation. Step 3: Strategy alignment.

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Leadership & Initiative Overload | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Resist the temptation to just advance a broad number of disparate initiatives, and alternatively focus your efforts on the completion of a few high impact objectives.

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The Big Picture of Business – Cut the Weeds: Focus on Priorities and Strategy, Avoid the Time Zappers

Strategy Driven

The caller then announced that he had a time commitment and that I had one minute to state my case. If you resist, they will go on to the next warm body. Hank’s latest book functions as a ‘PDR of business,’ a view of Big Picture strategies, methodologies and recommendations. You just finished reading The Big Picture of Business - Cut the Weeds: Focus on Priorities and Strategy, Avoid the Time Zappers !

5 Research-Based Strategies for Overcoming Procrastination

Harvard Business

When you notice an approaching showdown between logic and emotion, resist the impulse to procrastinate. Work within your resistance level. When a task sets off procrastination triggers, we resist doing it. But just how resistant are we? To find your resistance level, consider the effort you commit to that task along a sliding scale. Chances are that at this very moment you’re procrastinating on something.

Change the Culture, Change the Game: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Change the Culture, Change the Game: The Breakthrough Strategy for Energizing Your Organization and Creating Accountability for Results Roger Connors and Tom Smith Portfolio/The Penguin Group (2011) A comprehensive, cohesive, and cost-effective methodology to achieve breakthrough results In Leading Change, James O’Toole suggests that much (most?) of the resistance to change initiatives is the result [.].

How the Most Successful Teams Bridge the Strategy-Execution Gap

Harvard Business

The strategy-to-execution gap is an enduring problem with no easy solution. ” In their seminal HBR piece , Paul Leinwand, Cesare Mainardi, and Art Kleiner outlined what senior leaders must do to close the strategy-to-execution gap. Commit to an identity. The first tenet of their framework is that an organization must commit to an identity through a shared understanding of its value proposition and distinctive capabilities. The Gap Between Strategy and Execution.

How Many of Your Organization’s Strategic Initiatives Succeed?

N2Growth Blog

Delivering on strategic initiatives on time, every time, is the hallmark of organizations that are best in the world at executing strategy, and they’re rewarded with a premium put on the value of their company. Organizations that can’t deliver on their strategic initiatives fail at executing their strategy, and organizations that fail at executing strategy will not survive. Key leaders or key groups are not aligned and committed to the intent of the initiative.

Strategic planning must change with the times

N2Growth Blog

Whether they’re developed in-house or brought in by outside strategy firms, many strategy methodologies are of little value if they don’t keep up with the times. Clearly, it’s time to reconsider how your organization goes about developing and executing strategy at all levels. Ownership: At whatever level strategy is applied, it typically has been owned by the most senior leaders in the organization. But in the realm of strategy just the opposite is true.

Communication Strategy in 13 Steps – Communicating Strategic Plan To Employees


A great strategic plan should have focus and clarity around vision, mission, objectives, strategies and actions. In order to elevate engagement and participation a communication plan needs to provide great simplicity, clarity focus without ambiguity in your communication strategy. 4) Tell and retell the history – Provide broader base around the history of the organization to create the context of how strategy plays a part in the growth of the company.

The Two Myths of Change

Lead Change Blog

The clue is getting them to commit to the intention to change their behavior. A last tip: punishing old behavior is likely to lead to resistance. Leadership change strategy change leadership Change Management positive attitudeWhat makes a leader successful? In essence, it’s all about influence. Whatever your leadership style, the nature of your organization, etc.,

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Overcome Your Company’s Resistance to Data

Harvard Business Review

Nor did I anticipate the outsize resistance that putting this simple idea into practice would engender. Over the years, I’ve learned some hard lessons about what it takes to advance a data agenda, whether that’s advocating for a new data quality program, a different type of data, or a fresh strategy that relies on data. Given the disruption, resistance is both normal and natural. Don’t let resistance surprise you.


N2Growth Blog

Global Practice Chair, Strategy N2Growth. ADVANTAGE STRATEGY. Strategy that works has got to be based on something that proves successful in unpredictable, fast moving, and changing times. A move toward the Advantage Strategy Paradigm begins with the adoption and commitment to a set of principles that guides all executives in the decisions and actions they take related to developing, planning, and executing strategy. By Mark Hefner.

4 Disciplines For Long-Term Sustainability Of Change

Tanveer Naseer

Achieving meaningful change takes significant strategy and effort, and an investment in time. This also serves to ensure involvement and commitment at every level. Has resistance been dealt with openly? You may get a good liftoff, but then unexpected resistance drags you down. business communication Guest Posts leadership accountability change focus learning strategy visionThe following is a guest piece by R. Kendall Lyman and Tony C. Daloisio.

Leadership and Digital Transformation

N2Growth Blog

Beating your competition to the future will be accomplished by those companies with vision, talent, grit, purpose, agility, creativity, commitment and determination – not just those organizations with bigger budgets. Focus Point #2: Redefine your future and get there first – resist the temptation to chase others in pursuit of their future as already defined by them.

Leadership & The Expectation Gap

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. Nothing engenders confidence and creates a trust bond like delivering on promises made, and likewise, few things erode confidence and credibility like commitments not kept. The following three practices will help create an organization that delivers on its commitments: Collaborate early and often : Decisioning in a vacuum, or without all the facts, will place you in a deficit from the beginning.

The Vision Code: A Guide to Creating a Compelling Vision

Skip Prichard

Meandering from point to point is not a coherent strategy and yet it is far too prevalent in many organizations. They will never commit to it. Not to mention that it must be future-ready, shock-resistant, and idiot-proof. Create a Compelling Vision.

7 Tools to Build Your Willpower

Lead Change Blog

Struggling to resist checking your phone? Recent research shows that strengthening willpower is the real secret to the kind of self-control that can help you resist temptations and achieve your goals. In a recent study , scientists first drained the willpower of participants through having them resist temptation. Compared to people who just rested for a brief period, those whose moods were improved did significantly better in resisting temptation later! Commitment.

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Change Is Dead, Get Ready For Reinvention

Lead Change Blog

As individuals and organizations we often continuously push back and resist change; even when we understand that change is an ongoing necessity if we are going to effectively adapt and sustain any form of continued relevance in moving forward into the future. . There are a variety of reasons as to why leaders and team members resist change and these include: . an unwillingness to part ways with or release strategies that have led to previous success, .

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Learning Trends Quiz: Are You Pacing With The Current Trends?

Experience to Lead

Being reluctant to adopt new learning strategies can block your and your team’s growth and prevent you from reaching your highest potential. Individual learners should be able to adapt to the material if they’re committed to learning it. L&D Team Strategy Strategic Alignment

5 tips for a healthy work-life balance when working remotely

Strategy Driven

Cutting out the daily commute, spending more time at home and scheduling work around family commitments should make for a much healthier work-life balance. Resist the temptation to snack rather than eat proper meals, or even forget to eat altogether.

First Look: Leadership Books for April 2020

Leading Blog

Peterson lays out a path to achieving this summit, with a series of leadership maps organized around the four essential basecamps on the path to Entrepreneurial Leadership: Think Like a Rocket Scientist : Simple Strategies You Can Use to Make Giant Leaps in Work and Life by Ozan Varol.

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7 CEO Success Tips – How To Be A Better Leader

N2Growth Blog

The future speaks to your realized existing conditions and the defined time-frame that a specific strategy is to be executed to impact your next steps. oriented approach to develop and execute winning processes and strategies that will cover the life?cycle The Future Picture Horizon: This is the time-frame that the strategy will be executed along with the future expectations. C6: Exit the Strategy. timed and executable strategy?forward By Damian D.

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Engagement in the Implementation of Strategic Intent

Strategy Driven

Regardless they are resistive, contrary and fighting the system at every turn in the road. First, they are physically committed, so they are hard working. They have body commitment. Second, they are intellectually committed so they are actively working to make improvements to the process and the product. They have head commitment. They have heart commitment. The Opportunity.

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Linds Redding’s Short Lesson in Perspective

In the CEO Afterlife

As an ex-ad man and a lifelong aficionado of great creative, whether it is art or copy, I could not resist the urge to check it out. Everything that tumbled out of our heads and mouths was committed to paper. To resist the urge to self-censor. Branding Human Resources Leadership Life Marketing Strategy Writing Advertising art Business Creativity design illustration In the CEO Afterlife John Richard Bell Leaderhip Mentoring Social Media The CEO Afterlife Vision

How Smart Leaders Translate Strategy into Execution

Harvard Business Review

Too many CEOs and other leaders today are uncertain about their role in executing strategy. Unlike a traditional CEO, the Chief Execution Officer gets involved in the details of strategy execution by: translating the strategy into measurable objectives, sharing the story of the strategy with internal and external audiences, establishing a feedback system, and by aligning the reward and recognition system with strategy. Share the Story of the Strategy.

Overcoming the Barriers to Corporate Entrepreneurship

Strategy Driven

Professors of business and corporate strategy (which includes me) research and lecture about the goal of long-term “sustained” competitive advantage, driven by grand plans that mesmerize and seduce the most seasoned leaders and leadership teams. Instead, longevity is based on entrepreneurial thinking and innovation – in exploring ways to adapt corporate and business strategies in response to market, technological, and social and cultural change. Resistance from Within.

The Best Leadership Books of 2020

Leading Blog

Competing in the Age of AI : Strategy and Leadership When Algorithms and Networks Run the World by Marco Iansiti and Karim R. When traditional approaches are inadequate or resisted, advanced leadership skills are essential. 2020 has tested us.

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It’s the Manager: Moving from Boss to Coach

Leading Blog

They cover five major topic areas—Strategy, Culture, Employment Brand, Boss to Coach, and Future of Work—an offer 52 discoveries from Gallup’s largest study of the future of work. N OT SURPRISINGLY, a Gallup World Poll found that the great global dream is to have a good job with mission, purpose, and at a living wage. But the vast majority—85%—hate their jobs.

Love and Leadership | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

If you’re not committed, passionate and intentional in your focus on something besides yourself, you might be in a leadership role, but you’re not a leader. They resist at all costs letting that dreaded public display of compassion slip out. People’s resistance to display compassion, other than to family and friends, is what makes it so complex.

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5 Ways to Close the Strategy-to-Execution Gap

Harvard Business Review

In an ongoing global survey of senior executives , more than half of the respondents said they didn’t think their company had a winning strategy, and two-thirds said they didn’t think their organization had the right capabilities to execute its strategy. What we found surprised us: Companies that are great at both strategy and execution don’t follow the prevailing practices of their industries. First, these companies commit to an identity.

Simple Truths of Leadership Turn Common Sense into Common Practice

Leading with Trust

Some leaders charge headlong into setting strategies and goals for their teams without giving much thought to building trust. If your team doesn’t trust you, you get resistance, disengagement, apathy, and, ultimately, failure. Do you trust that I’ll follow through on my commitments?

StrategyDriven Podcast Episode 32 – Making Change Work: What is Change? and Why is Change so Hard?

Strategy Driven

Coming editions of the Making Change Work series will explore the steps to gaining the buy-in and committed effort needed to implement change successfully. The Problems of Change Management: bias, resistance, and push. If decisions are always rational, why are changees resisting? Coming editions of the Making Change Work series will explore the steps to gaining the buy-in and committed effort needed to implement change successfully.

Don’t Get Seduced Into Skipping Stones

Lead Change Blog

He challenged me to resist the temptation to take on too much, pour too little into each commitment, and become too enthralled with what’s next that I miss the here and now. As I’ve searched for wiser strategies, here are five alternatives to consider adopting as well. Decide to be fully present at every leadership commitment you make. Resist running around looking for what’s better and next. Skipping Stones.

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Employer Branding and Talent Attraction in a Post-COVID World

HR Digest

Starbucks uses social media for advertising its commitment to diversity and its open work culture. Companies that have resisted furloughing their employee or cutting jobs have definitely acquired added value to their brands.

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What You Need to Know About Trade Show Marketing

Strategy Driven

The Strategy. Prior to committing to a presence at a trade show, a marketing strategy must be created. Attaining a sale or leads is generally the primary objective; however, during a trade show, this may encounter some resistance. The First Impression. In a world of e-commerce and online activities, trade shows can be overlooked; however, this offline alternative is far from being unimportant.

Three Key Elements for Making Change Happen | You're Not the Boss.

You're Not the Boss of Me

Here are three things that must be in place for it to happen… Focus, Commitment and Capability. Here’s the impact if one or more are missing: Focus & Commitment without Capability = Change that you WOULD make if you knew how Commitment & Capability without Focus = Change you MAY make if you were clear about what it was. Capability & Focus without Commitment = Change you COULD make if you were willing. How will you gain commitment from others?