Navigating Change

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Adaptability

Change Master – by MJ Ryan. In an ever changing and stressful world, we are the masters of our own fate. “In other words, we need to become expert kayakers. Since we’re in permanent whitewater, we can’t see exactly where the river will take us or where the submerged rocks are, yet when we’re tossed out of the boat, we want to make sure to swim, not sink. Experienced rafters are prepared to get bounced out and recover swiftly. They expect the whitewater. They’ve learned to relate to it—and so should we.”

Assessments and Feedback

Are we making progress? A message to leaders – by Baldridge – A 2008 assessment tool for you and your company. “In today’s environment, if you are standing still, you are falling behind. Making the right decisions at the right time is critical. Following through on those decisions is challenging. In a survey of a broad cross section of CEOs, the Malcolm Baldrige Foundation

Being Creative as a Business Necessity

A Manifesto for Mavericks – by Taylor and LaBarre. Why do the most original minds in business win? “It’s time to rediscover the power of business at its best and to develop a better way to lead, compete, and succeed. The good news: Despite all the bleak headlines and blood-boiling scandals over the last five years, the economy has recently experienced a period of transformation and realignment, a power shift so profound that we’re just beginning to appreciate what it means for the future of business—and for how all of us go about the business of building companies that work and do work that matters.”

Coaching

Manage Your Time Reclaim Your Life – by Stuart R. Levine of ChangeThis. This is a great step-by-step resource to help you maximize your time and minimize pointless moments in the day that go unstructured.

Creativity

A Manifesto for Mavericks – by Taylor and LaBarre. Why do the most original minds in business win? “It’s time to rediscover the power of business at its best and to develop a better way to lead, compete, and succeed. The good news: Despite all the bleak headlines and blood-boiling scandals over the last five years, the economy has recently experienced a period of transformation and realignment, a power shift so profound that we’re just beginning to appreciate what it means for the future of business—and for how all of us go about the business of building companies that work and do work that matters.”

Management, Problem Solving, Leadership

How to Get Ahead: Act with Urgency –  by Abby Ellin.  John P. Kotter, professor of leadership at Harvard, explains why we should act with a sense of urgency everyday.

Managing Your Energy

20 Ways to Eliminate Stress From Your Life_ZenHabits – How to effectively control and manage the stress in your life before it happens.

Meeting Management

Meeting Effectiveness Assessment – Meeting Management Checklist – 10 basic questions to assess how well your meetings are being managed.  Your score at the end will inform how to make your meetings better.

Organizational Assessment, Organizational Development

Are we making progress? A message to leaders – by Baldridge.  A 2008 assessment tool for you and your company.

Criteria for Performance Excellence – by Baldridge. The 2006 assessment and review tool by Baldridge National Quality Program. This document is 68 pages and a great resource for organizational development work.

Good to Great Discussion Guide – Useful discussion guide questions with ideas presented in the books Good to Great and Built to Last.

Good to Great Overview Synopsis – Have any doubts about using the Good to Great Assessment Tool? Read this article to get the facts on how useful this process can be for your company.

Good to Great Social Sectors – Excerpts from Jim Collins 2005 Good to Great and the Social Sectors: Why Business Thinking Is Not the Answer. This highlights some useful extractions from the Good to Great Assessment tool and how to succeed in business without necessarily thinking business all of the time!

Where are you on your journey from Good to Great? – A 2006 Diagnostic Tool by Jim Collins. This includes comprehensive worksheets to share with your team and excel as an organization in the long run.

Performance Management

The Ultimate Use for 360-degree Feedback: Measuring Individual Performance Improvement – by D.Coates.  The assessment, training, measuring, and reinforcement behind a 360 review.

Sustainable Growth, ChangeThis

Accountability: Effective Managers go First – by Maister.  “We cannot expect an organization to raise its game, change its direction or pursue new ambitious goals and strategies by saying “Charge! I want all of you, the troops, to climb out of your foxholes and go put yourselves in harm’s way.” Realistically, that’s unlikely to work. Instead of saying “Charge!”, we need to say “Follow me,” energizing others through our own behavior.”

Systems for Simplicity

This I Believe by Tom Peters. Tom invented the modern business book. But in many ways, he also invented modern business. His writing gave us the freedom to treat work as something personal. He gave us permission to break the rules and to make work matter. More on the best-seller, “Re-Imagine!” and his 60 most important pieces of advice. More on the best-seller, “Re-Imagine!” and his 60 most important pieces of advice.

The Silent Revolution: Peter Drucker’s Voice Still Resonates – by Edersheim. Business has undergone a silent revolution: “We no longer hear the hum of machinery. We can’t look out our windows and see the catalysts for the opportunities that will change the way we and our children do business, get educated, and live our daily lives. the silent revolution is built with human assets. It’s all about knowledge, information, and collaborative connections—the powerful new tools driving our future don’t announce themselves with the clanking and sputtering of 19th century mills and factories, or the sprawling parking lots of 20th century malls.”

Time Management= Energy Management

168 Hours The BlankSlate of Time by Vanderkam – Sometimes creating structure during a period of change or transition is the best thing. Even if you may at first feel resistant to sticking to a schedule or routine while other things around you are shifting, try some of the suggestions in this article for help.

"The most difficult times for many of us are the ones we give ourselves."
— Pema Chödrön

“Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.”
– Karen Clark Kaiser

"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin."
— Mother Teresa

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
- Albert Einstein

“Your work is to discover your work, and then with all your heart give it to yourself.”

- Buddha