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Managewhich Tip: Getting in Front of Change Through Leadership

“The enemy to real change is lip service” ~Peter Block

This is never more true than in a low trust organization.  How many times have you been in meetings where heads nod in agreement only to have nothing done?  It’s insidious because we think the group is on board when they aren’t.

We can work with opposition and disagreement.  Honesty lets us know where we stand and know where we may need to negotiate, whereas, we often miss lip service.

Managewhich Tip: Process-Focus Ain’t a Bad Thing

Photo by Nur Hussein  - find the pic on Flickr, the story is hilarious!

Photo by Nur Hussein - find the pic on Flickr, the story is hilarious!

We hear a lot about being results-focused and results-driven.  Results are important, and somewhere along the way, we’ve lost sight of the importance of the journey.

Case and point.  In 1959, Cuba had an illiteracy rate of 23%.  Post Castro revolution, in 1961, it was reduced to 4%.   Let’s just say, this wasn’t the kindest of processes, and yet, if the focus was on the result to wipe out illiteracy, they were astoundingly successful.

So How are Those Resolutions Going?

On the Wagon?  Photo by Craig

On the Wagon? Photo by Craig

So, we’re about halfway through January, and even though I suggested that resolutions are a waste of time, I bet some of you made them anyway.  How’s it going?

For those of you who are on track, congratulations!

For those of you who’ve already broken down, how about trying something different this year.

Managewhich Tip: New Rule for Productivity?

Photo by Delos

Photo by Delos

What if, like gasoline, your brain power and attention were a limited resource?  And that once your attention tank was empty, your thinking ran on fumes?

Turns out, the latest brain studies indicate that this is indeed the case.  Our attention is in limited supply, and we work in ways that squander it.

Managewhich Tips: What is “Too Busy” Saying About You?

We’re all busy. And, being busy in our culture can be a badge of honor. Busy = Important.

“Busy” is also where Managewhiches get tripped up.

Case Study 1:
Jennifer was on the receiving end of some “unpleasant” news. Her company was cutting back on hours for its hourly employees and reorganizing some of its work, and everyone was informed that “changes were coming” via mass email. Jennifer’s hours were cut in half (as she discovered by looking in the system for her schedule) and some of her duties were reassigned (as she discovered in an unfortunate incident when she showed up to work and someone else was doing her job).

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