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Why Responsive Government is an Oxymoron … and Why Your Elected Officials are to Blame

The government we want is nimble, flexible, and responsive. The government we experience, in many cases, is slow, cumbersome, and totally unresponsive.

Let’s put this another way: We want our government to operate like our favorite business. We believe, in contrast, that our government is the poster child for lumbering bureaucratic inefficiency and employees who are out of touch with the realities of the marketplace.

Twenty plus years of working with private and public sector organizations has taught me that the truth is actually somewhere between the two extremes.
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10 Words Entrepreneurs Should Use Every Day

Jay Goltz writes a blog on small business and entrepreneurship for the New York Times. His March 10, 2014 posting was titled “10 Words Entrepreneurs Should Use With Caution.” In that piece, Goltz shared 10 words that he believes have … Continue reading

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Defining a Good Change: It is More Than Results

Every change is evaluated against the result AND the damage inflicted during its implementation. Ignore the people side of the change (feelings and perceptions), and it is only a matter of time before the desired results suffer, too.

The type of change needed in today’s successful organizations is continuous. It is generated from every level, and it requires engagement and commitment from those involved. You can mandate compliance. Commitment and engagement to make change work are volunteered when you focus on more than the end result. Continue reading

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A Result to Remember: It’s Not the Product. It’s the People.

Delivering customer service – at least the way it is practiced in most companies – is easy. The customer asks you for something, and you give it to them.

Building a culture that is obsessed with serving customers is hard.

Carl Sewell’s family of auto dealerships is at or near the top for sales and service with the brands they represent for one simple reason: They are the best at sustaining a culture that serves customers. Continue reading

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The Missing Measure that Drives Culture Change

Culture change follows behavior and performance change not the other way around. If you buy into that premise, the behavior and performance you expect, enable, measure, reward, and hold people accountable for will become the habits that define the culture. The best organizations have clarity, alignment, and execution across each of these areas.

And that leads to the question of “how do you know a change is taking place?” Continue reading

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How Powerful is Your Hunch?

Great work leads to great results. In this guest blog, David Sturt from the O.C. Tanner Institute shares what was learned from research about how great work happens. This is fascinating info. Continue reading

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Another Book About Change?

Why did you write a book about change?

The host of a recent radio interview was being polite and, I suspect, genuinely interested. But the question is an important one—a quick search on Amazon.com found over 150,000 book titles that have something to do with change.

Let’s assume that some of those titles are duplicates for hardcover, paperback, Kindle, etc. That still leaves thousands of books written on the subject. Aren’t those enough?

The short answer is, “No.” Continue reading

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Connect with People Where They Are

Scott Keller and Carolyn Aiken, consultants at McKinsey & Company, suggest that 80 percent of what leaders care about and talk about when trying to enlist support for change does not matter to 80 percent of the workforce.

To gain the commitment for the change that you want, you must connect with people where they are. You do that by making the change relevant and real. Continue reading

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The Problem and Opportunity with Change

Another blog post about change? Really? The last three I posted aren’t enough? How about the thousands of other books, blogs, and articles on the subject?

I am with you. I don’t need to hear another message that changes are coming and I need to get on board.

And yet, we are confronted with this reality: Most of our efforts to make change work don’t work as well as we had hoped … or even at all. Continue reading

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Good Change – Bad Change

Don Draper, the fictional advertising guru on the television show “Mad Men” says, “Change is neither good or bad. It simply is.” Good luck convincing your team of that. We all want the change we introduce to be accepted based … Continue reading

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