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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Change Mastery: Leading with Agility

Leadership from the Inside Out by Kevin Cashman remains one of my top picks for teaching leaders how tob become the best leader they can be...starting within themselves.

This is the EIGHTH of the series about Leadership from the Inside Out (second edition)

Change Mastery: Leading with Agility

a. Change is difficult but necessary.

i. Studies from the Center for Creative Leadership and Lomiger International demonstrate that leaders must deal with complex issues and tolerate ambiguity: Deal with change.
ii. Leaders must collaborate more, nurture relationships, allow others to participate in management and leadership, adapt to change, and take risks.
iii. “Things do not change; we change.” –Henry David Thoreau.

b. Change = Agility--takes place from the inside out.
i. Change causes resistance. Note that 50-75 organizational change fails. Same stats for personal change…smoke cessation—50-75% fail.
1. Outside-in approach does not work. Pushing down change meets with visceral resistance.
2. Inside-out approach works: focus on new idea and creating a personal map of what world will look like; create an open environment to talk about the change; give people time and space to adjust; leave the past behind and focus on the future.
ii. “Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.” –Aldous Huxley

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