Category Archives: Managing Change

Pace is Important

It is important to make sure that the direction is clearly defined and that everyone has a chance to get behind it. Moving too fast and assuming everyone is excited about the direction is a mistake many leaders make. When the team is not given a chance to talk through the direction, they miss the chance to

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Why look back?

I notice that pleasant memories of the past tend to pop up when we are frustrated with the effort required in the present. The thing is that we tend to forget the bad part of our pleasant past. Our past was not likely as pleasant as we remember. This is especially true if we are remembering a

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Dangerous Nostalgia

Regret is also a habit of the nostalgic. Remembering watershed moments is important but allowing ourselves to become overly affectionate about the “good ole days” can cause us to miss the good of today or the potential of the future. It can also set us up for regret when things do not turn out like they used

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“No” doesn’t always equal wisdom.

Not every idea is a good idea, but every idea has a potential to inspire the direction the team should choose. We must be careful to explore ideas that cause us a little discomfort because these are the ones that could potentially move us to do something that we never considered possible. Saying no too soon squashes

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The DSQ

Not everyone has the best interests of the team in mind when they loudly protest a change. I find that often the loudest protests are an emotional defense of the status quo. The protest is not often against the decision itself, but is against the decision to jeopardize the comfort level the protester is enjoying. When the

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Responses to Good Decisions

Leadership requires a person to have a certain level of awareness of who they are leading. It is unwise to question the validity of good decisions simply because they elicit an unexpected response of intense emotion from teammates that already have a history of strong emotion toward necessary change. This is not to say that leadership should

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What’s next?

The next step can be much more uncertain than we are willing to admit. Sometimes we don’t know what to do next and that can be a very scary feeling. Another way to look at it is that there is freedom to try something new. When we know what we should do next, we often feel an

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Potential Limiting

Nothing limits potential like living in the past. The greatest wins and losses both have a way of anchoring us so that we don’t move. It’s illogical to expect to move things forward when our focus isn’t on tomorrow but rather on yesterday. A loss or hurt becomes worse when you allow it to limit the future.

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Extending a Preferred Future

A case could be made that the only change we actually like is a change that ensures an extension of our comfortable, preferred future. There is nothing immoral or nefarious about this reality. It’s just a human trait that was given to us so that we would be risk-averse enough to have a better chance of survival.

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The Contradiction of Change

Change is an interesting phenomenon. We spend so much time guarding our lives against it but at the same time, we find that our mind space is filled with thoughts about how things could be different. This is because we like change when it is on our terms. Change that originates outside of our own imagination or

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