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How to make change fun

Guest Blog: Steve Salisbury Many of my clients are looking for guidance in the area of motivation and celebration during difficult change. Steve provides some great advice and agreed to let me repost it here. You can read more of Steve’s wisdom here. How to make change fun One of my clients hosted a cooking
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • May 14, 2017

Manifesto For Effective Organizational Change

I’m often asked about my thoughts on the discipline of change management – where it is and where it’s going. There is new  thinking required in our approach to change. Here it is: 1. Don’t manage change; Provoke it. Best practice says that we should gradually expose stakeholders to the future state. Go for broke.
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • May 01, 2017

How to Create a Performance Environment – Part 1

I live an hour from the mountains. They are a gorgeous site…when I stop to look. Many people allow their surroundings to fade into the background. It becomes too familiar. This is a normal attribute. We have a Propensity to Attenuate (PTA) for things that don’t change. They become invisible and automatic (do you remember
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • Apr 25, 2017

How To Develop Strategy

  I recently met up with Theresa who has moved up several layers in her organization over the last few years. “So what’s the next position for you?” “I’m not sure. The next level is VP and my manager develops strategy with ease. I can’t do that.” The only difference between Theresa and her boss is
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • Apr 17, 2017

Great Canadian Leaders are Less Canadian

In an episode of Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson introduced Ryan Reyolds as the guest and promptly plied him about classic Canadian stereotypes (seriously, who pronounces ‘about’ as ‘a boot’??). Ryan handled them with class, and then drove the crap out of their car. Nice. One of the most often quoted Canadian stereotypes is our propensity to apologize for
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • Apr 10, 2017