Permission to Recommend

One of my key learning takeaways from yesterday’s meeting with Dr. Edgar Schein is that all change agents must be disciplined enough to wait until they have permission from the other person, who Schein call the client, before you offer your recommendations.

Help without permission isn’t help.  It’s…abuse might be too strong a word…relationship wear…it tears away from the relationship one demand at a time.

I encourage all my change agent friends to check to be sure you have permission before you offer any recommendations.  It’ll improve your and your client’s outcomes.

Why not try?

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