Category Archive: Change

How to Lean into the Curve – Lessons two Horses Taught Me

I don’t remember wanting a horse, but one day a white gelding showed up for me to try out. Like some people I know, he loved going fast. Once he got up to… Continue reading

5 Things to Do When Pedaling Faster Doesn’t Work

We have a bizarre capacity to pedal faster when something isn’t working. We think if we try harder the problem will magically disappear. Trying harder works for people who aren’t really trying. More… Continue reading

Overcome Resistance to Change: Magnets or Bowling Balls

If everyone likes it, why bother? Change is never enjoyed by everyone. Leaders think too much about ‘what’ and not enough about ‘how’ when making change. Failure: John Kotter suggests 8 reasons transformation… Continue reading

Leading Change: Why Things Get Worse Before they Get Better

Things typically get worse before they get better. That’s not pessimism. It’s reality. What happens when you ‘improve’ a practice or procedure at work? Productivity goes down. Frustration goes up. It takes time… Continue reading

How to Begin Again for the First Time

Meaningful contribution always includes beginning again. Begin again for the first time: #1. Begin with reflection. How do I aspire to contribute? What is true of me that enables my highest contribution in… Continue reading

A Rut is A Grave with the Ends Kicked Out

If you enjoy unnecessary frustration, keep doing what you did. Self-imposed irrelevance is the consequence of prolonged repetition. We don’t notice when patterns become irrelevant, so we serve them to the point of… Continue reading