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One could argue that as a practice, change management is becoming accepted in larger organizations as “something we need to implement to get people to change.” As a change practitioner of many years, this acceptance seems encouraging.

But do most leaders and organizations really understand the basic tenets of changing behavior? As we help business to implement change more quickly and more effectively, there are important truths that must be acknowledged and addressed.[…] Continue Reading »

The new 20-something hire is walking down the hall with her eyes fixated on her phone screen again. Is this what the future of the workplace looks like? Maybe.

An estimated 36% of today’s workforce is millennials, wtih 46% expected by 2020.

Between baby boomers and millennials is a gap in workplace expectations and values. With such different values, how can these two generations work together?[…] Continue Reading »

The term “smart creative” is often heard today in the hallways and conference rooms of some of the nation’s leading tech companies. Not surprising, since it was coined by Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman. But the concept is not necessarily unique to Google, or even to the tech world.

Smart creatives (SCs) can be found almost anywhere, from the corner coffeehouse to the corner office.[…] Continue Reading »

What you teach employees during mentoring, coaching or skills training will be out of mind as soon as you’re out of sight unless you reinforce the learning. For that you can thank the “forgetting curve.” This psychological principle, first identified in the 19th century, posits that much of what we learn is quickly forgotten, most of it within hours.[…] Continue Reading »

You’ve probably never heard of Byron Lionel Kohlbusch from Hermann, Mo. He wrote plenty of “poison pen” corporate memos but never any famous business books. Byron was a gifted manager, who groomed great salespeople in unconventional ways. This Thanksgiving, as I reflected on my career, I was grateful for the lessons he taught me.

Here’s how he navigated spittoons, distracted driving, newbie employees, and other workplace dynamics.[…] Continue Reading »