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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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Quote of the Week: Kotter

“Leaders establish the vision for the future and set the strategy for getting there; they cause change. They motivate and inspire others to go in the right direction and they, along with everyone else, sacrifice to get there.” John Kotter

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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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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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All new ideas begin in a non-conforming mind that questions some tenet of the “conventional wisdom.” All improvements originate in a critical mind that mistrusts the “image” projected by some powerful organism.  The innovator of ideas and social critic are essential to a free society; they are what makes the society free.” – Admiral H. …

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