Link Fuel

Regularly I recharge my change driving batteries by sampling the delightful links my friends send me. As I prepared for the long holiday weekend–Happy 4th of July by the way!–I thought, “Why not offer up some link fuel for my Engine for Change friends?”  Enjoy! Charles Green reveals the silly secrets of strategy in You […]

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Real Progress

When you’re driving change, you may be drawn into conversations about what progress you are making.  Whenever I’m discussing (or thinking about) progress I try to keep this C.S. Lewis quote swirling in my head: But progress means getting nearer to the place where you want to be.  And if you have taken a wrong

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Improvement is doubly possible

When you’re driving change, you’ll want to remember this quote: Improvement is doubly difficult when individual habit is reinforced by group inertia. It comes from the Navy Correspondence Manual and it’s referring to writing official letters, memos and recommendations.  But, to me it means so much more. Say you’re the first person in your work

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My “Leading Change” Story

Tomorrow Professor John Kotter visits my workplace, to see how successful we’ve become at using his model to create real, lasting change.  (link to the press release) Today I found Rogue Polymath’s post about what reading Leading Change did for him, and his post prompted me to write “My Leading Change Story.” I can’t remember

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Quote of the Week

C.S. Lewis said, Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.” When you’re driving people, your best-intended coercion is still coercion. Are you being a tyrant about your change? Why not try changing your focus to enabling the change (instead of enforcing it) and see

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Do you fear success?

Part of driving change is overcoming your fear of failing and especially overcoming your fear of succeeding. What if the change you’re driving actually happens? What if pushing your limits creates an exciting opportunity to achieve even more success? What would you do? Theodore Roosevelt said, There were all kinds of things I was afraid

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Reviving the Forgotten Man

This week’s quote comes from the speech, The Forgotten Man, given by William Graham Sumner in 1883. The Forgotten Man…delving away in patient industry, supporting his family, paying his taxes, casting his vote, supporting the church and the school…but he is the only one for whom there is no provision in the great scramble and

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