Eight Educational Experiences with Emotions



July 5, 2021
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I am feeling joy. I am feeling encouraged. I am feeling… grateful.

The above three emotions were the result of a short future focused self reflection for me, using the Emotional Culture Deck (ECD). How are you feeling today? How are you really feeling? What emotions are you connecting with today?

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Misaligned Leadership & the Passive Resistor



June 8, 2021
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Ever wondered how it would feel if you could box up all your emotions and hide them away? It’s strange how we are driven, led or even coaxed down pathways we wouldn’t normally travel, just because of an emotion? We can decide the excitement of the new is greater than the fear of the unknown. We move the limits of confidence because of commitment, and we peer into the uncomfortable because of the joy the result may bring.

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Communications – sometimes…



July 5, 2019
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Sometimes the role is confusing… Sometimes we mess up… Sometimes our communications fail… Sometimes we get it right… Sometimes we just don’t know… Sometimes we…

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Brain Bursting in Berlin



November 10, 2016
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I’ve recently returned from the great Berlin Change Days event. An awesome couple of days over a weekend focused on exploring the art of disruption,…

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The Double Layer Conference



October 27, 2016
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I attended the ACMP Regional Conference Canada in Toronto just over a week ago. It’s probably taken that much time for me to let the…

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What’s in a Name? (Part 3 of 3)



August 13, 2015
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My previous two blog posts have very much focused on the negative frustrations, ambiguities and misrepresentations of words and phrases. I don’t want to dwell…

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What’s in a name? (Part 1 of 3)



June 23, 2015
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Have we short changed ourselves? Have we undervalued or underplayed our hand of cards? Should we be rebranding? What am I talking about? Change Management…

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Failure Can be Successful



March 28, 2015
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We’ve all been there when something hasn’t gone quite as expected. In our personal lives we accept misfires, setbacks and curve balls as part of…

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Shakespearean Transformation



June 30, 2014
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I was recently fortunate enough to visit Stratford Ontario for a couple of performances in their Shakespeare Festival. This got me thinking that for stories…

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The Adolescence of Change Management



April 29, 2014
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“Has change management hit puberty?” An interesting comment made at the recent ACMP Global conference ‘Change Management 2014’. When I heard this statement, it prompted…

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Reporting the Organizational Culture?



November 11, 2012
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What is the best method of describing the organizational culture? You’ve got all the information, positive and negative comments, qualitative and quantitative data and various…

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Assessing the Organizational Culture



September 14, 2012
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Last time I talked about organizational culture and what it means. Now, so many times senior managers in an organization will ask for a description of their organization’s culture. Great ask, but how can we get that picture of the culture?

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What is Organizational Culture?



July 31, 2012
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I have had a few conversations recently where the culture question has come up. Now I am not talking diversity, ethnic representation or the arts.…

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What is PRINCE2?

March 10, 2012
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Guest Post on “Change Whisperer” – Gail Severini’s Blog.STRATEGY EXECUTION METHODOLOGIES SERIES. POST 3Click here to read more

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Picturing the Change (Part2)



February 23, 2012
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Pictures can be created in the mind. Sometimes I like to relate change experiences to something the audience can relate to and paint a picture…

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Picturing the Change (Part1)



February 6, 2012
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I was recently reminded of the number of graphics and particularly things like change curves, charts and other line or bar charts. Any discussion about…

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Change & The Small Guy

October 21, 2011
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What an energising and enlightening experience I had this week. I had a booth at the Enterprise Toronto small business forum at the Metro Toronto…

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Trust & Change

October 13, 2011
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A longitudinal study of 400 Chicago elementary schools shows the central role of relational trust in building effective education communities. Important consequences play out in…

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Arts, Culture & Change

October 7, 2011
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A week ago I did the all night cultural extravaganza that is Nuit Blanche. For those who don’t know, it’s a sunset to sunrise event,…

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Managing Change Resistors

September 9, 2011
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If only it was as easy as saying “resistance is futile” [Star Trek fans will be familiar with this phrase]. This is the group of…

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Managing Change Acceptors

September 6, 2011
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These people are the change reactors are like the best. I know you shouldn’t have favourites, but these are the people I like to deal…

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Managing Change Enthusiasts

August 29, 2011
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Whenever a change comes along there are those people who are very happy to see the change and are very encouraging of the change event.…

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Four Reactions to Change

August 22, 2011
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Whenever a change activity is announced there are four ways that people can react to the news. Enthusiastic Accepting Resistant Destructive or Saboteur There may…

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Catching up with Kotter

July 26, 2011
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It’s been a while since I’d refreshed my mind with the wonders of John Kotter and his 8 steps for managing change. Our Iceberg is…

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