Leading Change

6 Leadership Lessons from One Curious Tale

Leadership Lessons from Marin Alsop

As a leader, there are times when it’s best for you to take a stand, to be certain, to explain and to defend your actions. There are times, however, when it’s best to be curious and explore. These leadership lessons from music director, Marin Alsop, show you when and how.

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The One Thing Leaders Need to Know

What is the one thing leaders need to know to ignite and sustain transformation? When offered a choice between the path to evolution and the path to stagnation, people will choose….

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Leading Culture Change: Four Delegation No Nos

You have a vision that involves leading culture change. You selected a change sponsor and have identified clear goals for you team. If you think your role ends there, get ready to watch things fizzle. You can delegate some roles and actions, but you absolutely must maintain visibility as the Chief Culture Change Officer and sustain four ongoing commitments to action.

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3 Principles for Leading Culture Change & One Success Story

In 1999 Kent Thiry became CEO of DaVita, a provider of kidney dialysis treatments. The company was on the verge of bankruptcy. It had revenues of $1.4 billion, losses of $56 million, and a share price of about $2. By June 7, 2013, after the culture change, share prices grew to $125.50. This magnificent turnaround resulted from changing the culture, and to succeed at that Thury applied 3 principles for leading culture change.

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Molding Culture Change – Get Their Fingerprints on It

People are more inclined to implement ideas they helped develop than ideas developed for them. The reasons are simple and straightforward. The drive for Identity, knowing and being valued for who I am, is an important force in the western world. (Some cultures are driven more by group identity.) We like to see the our identity played out concretely, by way of what we produce and our affect on the world around us. Ipso facto – when leading culture change get the people’s fingerprints on the clay that molds the change.

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Culture Change – Use the Culture to Change the Culture

Leading culture change is critical to the success of today’s business executives, and story telling for culture change is a must-have skill. Read more about the role of story telling in leading change.

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Step Back to Lead Forward

Step back to lead forward

Leading sometimes requires that you step back to lead forward. Learn when, why, and how while discovering a law of organizational physics.

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A Personal Story about Touching Reality and Why it Matters

Touching Reality

This is a personal story that sealed an important lesson into my being. When we refuse to touch the reality of a thing, it will express itself at another time and in another place. It will keep expressing itself until it finds a way to wake us.

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Dear CEO – What’s Your 400 Year Business Plan?

Oak barrels from the 400 year business plan

Dear CEO: What’s your 400 year business plan? You don’t have one? Things would be very different if you did.

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Pregnant CEO: Back to the Future

Pregnant CEO

Marissa Mayer is the first pregnant CEO of a major company, that we know of. With this news, we have the opportunity to re-think the boundary between work and life, Drawing the line with dashes, to achieve greater permeability, will serve us better in a variety of ways. It will even light the spark of innovation more readily.

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