Influencing Change

“How many problems in our lives and in society are we tolerating simply because we’ve forgotten that we can fix them?”[1]

This week I’ve been reading various books on the subject of influence. How people change their behaviour, and how other people can persuade them to do so. So timely.

Jonah Berger’s book The Catalyst is framed this way, “Rather than asking what might convince someone to change…start with a more basic question: Why hasn’t that person changed already?”[2] Continue reading “Influencing Change”

The One Thing I’ve Learned This Week

“What is the one thing you’ve learned this week?” It was a question sent to me on Twitter and, true to form, I struggled to answer it. Only one?

The One Thing is a book I’ve really appreciated. Its core concept of “What’s the one thing you can do such that by doing it, everything else would be easier or unnecessary?” appeals to me, in a “Wow, I wish I could figure that out” kind of way. Continue reading “The One Thing I’ve Learned This Week”

Show up how you want to end up

A ten-year study of how Italy’s 15 largest cities weathered the global financial crisis of the late 2000s found that organizations’ decision-making styles before the collapse largely matched their styles during and after the crisis. Those that did formal strategic planning continued to do so. Those that used an incremental, ad hoc planning approach did so before and after. Those whose approach was described as “inertia” before fell into that same category after.*

Plus ça change…. Continue reading “Show up how you want to end up”

A New Sense of Scale

I spoke to someone recently who, like many of us, is converting an in-person learning experience to a digital one. She was discouraged because one of her go-to local workshop leaders was uncomfortable delivering online.

My response: Why limit yourself to local?

If everyone has to participate in sessions virtually, you can access anyone, anywhere in the world. Exceptional talent is more available to us now than it has ever been. We don’t have to pay for travel, and some people’s calendars are more wide open than usual. Instead of starting automatically with those you’ve involved before, consider asking yourself who you’d most love to incorporate into your workshop design! Continue reading “A New Sense of Scale”