Around the web – Highlights Week 43

//Around the web – Highlights Week 43

Around the web – Highlights Week 43

A list of the articles I read this week (43) and the highlights I made for them. (Last week)


7 Things Leaders Do to Help People Change

  • Ever tried to change anyone’s behavior at work? It can be extremely frustrating. So often the effort produces an opposite result: rupturing the relationship, diminishing job performance, or causing the person to dig in their heels. Still, some approaches clearly work better than others.
  • what not to do:
    • Being nice
      • Sorry, but nice guys finish last in the change game. It might be easier if all it took to bring about change was to have a warm, positive relationship with others. But that isn’t the case.
    • Giving others incessant requests, suggestions, and advice.
      • This is commonly called nagging. For most recipients this is highly annoying and only serves to irritate them rather than change them. (This is the approach many tend to adopt first, despite its lack of success.)
  • Here they are, in order from most to least important:
    • Inspiring others
      • Some people intuitively push others, forcefully telling them they need to change, providing frequent reminders and sometimes following these steps with a warning about consequences if they don’t change.
      • “Pull,” which we can employ in a variety of ways. These include working with the individual to set an aspirational goal, exploring alternative avenues to reach an objective, and seeking other’s ideas for the best methods to use going forward.
      • They want to provoke a sense of desire rather than fear. Another approach in many work situations is to make a compelling, rational connection with the individual in which we explain the logic for the change we want them to make.
    • Noticing problems
      • there is an important step that comes even earlier. It is the ability to recognize problems
    • Providing a clear goal
      • Change initiatives work best when everyone’s sight is fixed on the same goal. Therefore, the most productive discussions about any change being proposed are those that start with the strategy that it serves.
    • Challenging standard approaches
      • often require leaders to challenge standard approaches and find ways to maneuver around old practices and policies – even sacred cows.
    • Building trust in your judgment
      • Good leaders make decisions carefully after collecting data from multiple sources and seeking opinions from those whom they know will have differing views. They recognize that asking others for advice is evidence of their confidence and strength, not a sign of weakness
      • If others do not trust your judgment it will be difficult to get them to make the changes you want them to make.
    • Having courage
      • “You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.”
    • Making change a top priority
      • Many change efforts are not successful because they become one of a hundred priorities. To make a change effort successful you need to clear away the competing priorities and shine a spotlight on this one change effort.


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