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News, views and resources on creating and adapting to change at work.
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How to ruin a really good idea

Thanks to our friend and business psychologist Dr. Paul Furey for creating this helpful video for Rebels at Work. Paul and his team train people to have the REAL conversations at work. You know, the type we avoid and then the problem either never goes away or gets worse.

DIT vs. DIY
Remember the Pixar movie "Finding Nemo" where all the fish have been captured in a fishing boat net? Nemo starts yelling, "Swim down together! Swim down together!" The fish eventually succeed, weighing down the net and boat and breaking the net open. We change agents have to keep swimming down together, leading by example, recognizing progress however small and realizing that change is always slower than we think it will be. Yet we will always achieve more "doing it together" than trying to do it on our own.
Recent presentations
After every talk we share our presentations on this SlideShare site. Here are a few you may find of interest:

What we're reading

A big reason why change is so hard: we mistakenly create technical solutions to adaptive challenges, e.g., complex and involving people. As a blogger wrote, "“Technical problems are simpler and usually have apparent solutions.
Adaptive challenges are so much more complicated and involve human beings and their emotions and crap like that.”  To understand more about how to identify the right problem, we recommend books by Ron Heifetz of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. A good starting point is "Adaptive Leadership." 
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A final thought...
What if executives spent more attention and money on developing caring, committed, self-motivated rebels and change agents than on employee engagement programs for complacent employees who are never going to care too much about their jobs and company?
Hope you find a few more lazy days of summer to replenish your head and your heart.

Lois
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