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Welcome to: A Pot of Gold

It’s pretty clear that today’s is a rapidly changing (and quite challenging) world of work.  The question I would like to explore is, what does it mean for you as a  leader and participant, or as someone who influences others in those roles? I believe that the changes going on are occurring at a deeper […]
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Supply Chains at the Tipping Point

Supply Chains at the Tipping Point Introducing an Article Series on Supply Chain Driven Business Transformation Nugget: This is the first in a series of articles focused on the transformational role supply chains are playing in business today, and on the human and culture change implications of this role. Supply chains are often seen as […]
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If You Want Water to Boil, Turn Up the Heat!

NUGGET: Make sure your investment in change is robust enough to achieve your change goal. In another post, I wrote about one of two major mistakes that condemn changes to the trash heap of failed projects: failing to say NO to a proposed change that won’t add value. The second mistake is both big and […]
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Four Missing Pieces from Today’s Change Management Agendas

First Published 2015 NUGGET: It’s not enough to add change management steps to project plans and programs. Ensuring change success requires other more powerful and sometimes subtle actions.  Here are four. Change management is becoming a differentiating capability in organizations today. There are more accessible and useful tools and training – stakeholder analyses, better planning […]
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Introducing the SHADOWSide of Power

NUGGET: Become increasingly aware of the “shadow” that goes with formal leadership roles. It can derail your best leadership intentions – but also holds immense potential energy for leverage, learning and legacy! It was 1958, my 8TH grade (Standard 6) year. I was part of the oldest group in the school. We had all looked […]
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Everyone a Leader? Yes and NO

NUGGET: Let’s stop pretending that everyone is a leader in the same way. When there are leadership failures the buck must ultimately stop at the feet of people with institutional power, for they wear the decision mantle and authority of the larger organization or institution. Everyone IS a leader when he or she takes a […]
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Change Management as Risk Mitigation

Nugget: Investing in HOW you guide change is essential to success, not an addon.Most strategies and plans require many changes in how your enterprise works.For this reason, and because the enterprise is a social as well as a technicalentity, changes contain major inherent risks of failure. Change management, if itis put on the table at […]
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Beware: The Shadow Side of Power

Nugget: Power is an energy that requires aware and wise use. Learning how to use it is a keyrequirement for new leaders, and more experienced leaders must be continually vigilant about its use. Power is a highly charged resource with great potential for good or ill. We hope and expect thatleaders will use their institutional […]
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Upgrade Yourself As a Learner: Reason #4 (of 5) Help Others Learn

One of the defining features of our species is our ability to codify and pass information on to the next generations. We are all teachers as well as learners.  The social aspect of learning is part of our genetic makeup. Researchers recently noticed that a two week old baby recognizes body language indicating that an […]
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Upgrade Yourself As a Learner: Reason #3 (of 5) Co-Evolve With Technology

Beware. Under your radar, technology is changing work and life much faster than you think. Machines and software are becoming exponentially more intelligent and influential (even manipulative).  As they get smarter, they do more than make information more accessible, or manufacture tangible things, or do what used to be manual, dangerous, or analytical tasks faster […]