3 Simple Tools to Create the Needed Commitment to Change

By | 2017-10-14T14:21:44+00:00 October 14th, 2017|Change|

A few years ago, we were asked by a large pharmaceutical manufacturing company to help transition ten of its fifteen plants to a just-in-time inventory system. The technical aspect of change was led by another consulting firm. But as the “go live” date approached, senior leaders realized that front-line operators weren’t as committed to the new system as those who had been involved in the analysis. We weren’t surprised by this finding for two reasons. First, not everyone can participate in the [...]


By | 2017-10-04T17:52:10+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Change|

I'm excited to be part of the local Barnes and Noble book signing event called Authorpalooza. It will be held this Saturday, October 7 from 1:00-4:00 pm. Should be a fun event. Stop by and say "hello"!Date: Saturday, October 7, 2017 Location: The Shops at South Town Address: 10180 State Street, Sandy, UT 84070 Hours: 1:00-4:00 pmPhone: (801) 233-0203

Changing Where People Sit Accelerates Change

By | 2017-09-20T17:19:52+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Guest Blog|

Several months ago, we took a taxi from our hotel to our client to teach a class about change. After a longer than normal ride, we realized the driver didn’t know where to go. Because we didn’t speak the same language as the driver, we found it hard to communicate that we were going in the wrong direction. After several failed attempts to find out where we were (including changing taxis), we eventually arrived in time to teach the workshop. But not until [...]

Stephen Woessner Chats With Kendall Lyman (posted on Onward Nation)

By | 2017-09-06T23:27:25+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Guest Blog|

Kendall Lyman is the author of “CHANGE THE WAY YOU CHANGE!”, a founding principal of The Highlands Group, a firm specializing in strategy, organizational change, and leadership development. He helps leaders around the world to navigate change, improve employee engagement, and transform culture. Kendall has consulted with a wide array of organizations ranging from Fortune 500 to small and midsize firms.What you’ll learn about in this episodeIncreasing your own capacity as a leaderTips and strategies for expanding your influenceDeveloping the self-awareness needed to [...]

The Change Dilemma (posted on Impact)

By | 2017-09-09T08:59:47+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Guest Blog|

Business and organizational change efforts of any significant magnitude have proven to be ineffective in realizing their goals. Research indicates that 70% of change efforts fail. Leading change has become as integral to a leader’s success as managing the balance sheet or implementing a new customer service program. Yet most leaders lack a complete picture of how change happens. Too many continue to tinker with tactics and short-term fixes while hoping for transformation and long-term improvement. Many leaders are still asking others [...]

Turning Small Talk to Big Talk (posted on Businesstoday.co.om)

By | 2017-08-23T19:27:39+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Guest Blog|

Recently a colleague recounted a story from an event she attended, which was preceded by a cocktail party. She lamented that an hour of inane conversation felt like an eternity and that everyone in the room probably could have made better use of the time by doing something else. Why can’t we agree to eliminate these events altogether and end the small talk? It’s a tempting thought, but of course it’s not realistic. Cocktail parties, networking, and social gatherings aren’t going anywhere, and [...]

Building An Effective Business Case for Change (posted in Leadership Excellence – HR.com)

By | 2017-08-09T17:29:15+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Guest Blog|

Organizations will embark upon large-scale change efforts numerous times throughout their lifespans. The degree to which these efforts are successful will vary, largely because of two common barriers to implementation—loss of focus and momentum, and resistance to change. The loss of momentum happens so easily, as change initiatives take a backseat to day-to-day duties, client demands, and the endless list of time-sensitive things that arise.   Full Article >

Book Review: Change! The Way You Change! (posted on EthicsGame)

By | 2017-07-21T17:14:57+00:00 July 21st, 2017|Guest Blog|

Contemplating organizational change is perhaps one of the most daunting tasks for any organizational leader. While the company’s P&L or other performance indicators may scream out for change, a walk through the graveyard of failed change efforts causes all but the most courageous to hide and hope for the best. In their very accessible and practical book, R. Kendall Lyman and Tony C. Daloisio provide strategies and stories so that leaders can take heart and master the process of change. The core message [...]