Hire A Change-Management Consultant When You Need Annihilation and Buy-In.

As I’ve grown more experience as a change management consultant, I’ve witnessed many positive outcomes which were added benefits, such as communication skills, tools for structured management disciplines and supervisor-subordinate relationship improvement. Thus, I have asked the question, which driving pressures drove the company to the point of deciding to hire an external change management or change-agent consultant? I’ve concluded …

If It Isn’t Fun, Don’t Do It!

Why should we be passionate about improving the workplace?  We should be passionate about improving the workplace because our work can either be a hilarious, fun and brilliant experience or a frustrating, mind-numbing bore.  The moments of the former in my work-life have made me long for the hilarious, fun and brilliant moments for everyone.  Also, I’ve found that greater …

Agile Concepts Applied to the C2 Environment

Agile concepts are desperately needed to revolutionize C2 industries because the world we live in has the evil force of entropy disguised as over-regulation, over-documentation and over-complication lurking behind every corner to devour good intentions of having swift command and control.  Let’s take the C2 or Command and Control environment, or even better the C4 (Command, Control, Communications, Computers) environment.  …

Guiding Rules for Managers

THE MAIN POINT (273 words—55 seconds reading time) Today we’ll talk about the guiding rules of management.  These rules are like the plow in this image…they do the work to allow you to control of your growth and get to the “swing” beyond (which is your life.)  The goal is gaining control of our work and life. Our desire is …

Knowing your work is good management.

THE MAIN POINT (489 words—98 seconds reading time) I’ve heard it said that if you can manage a Tastee Freez stand, you can manage General Electric. I say, “Baloney!” Tastee Freez stands have different work than does General Electric. Each of us has our work. We must understand that work quite well if we’re going to make good decisions about …

Failure is the first step

(Quoted when interviewed by a reporter about why it took him so long to develop the light bulb.) There are many similarities between you and Thomas Edison, which is why you will launch your success to greater heights as you implement the practical engineering process he used, a process I’m going to show you throughout this (Re-engineering Management) book. ~ …

Coaching is Solution Focused

Our consultants have been in similar management roles to yours: facing complex organizations, unique personalities, speeding down the runway, with “no time to fix it now.”  While we may not have worked at “your company,” we have faced similar organizational challenges with difficult people dynamics and no one to talk to (to protect the organization’s reputation and balance all the …

Trust Grease

Trust lubricates the organizational system.  We know this from systems dynamics.  To be systems thinkers, we must easily and comfortably integrate human subsystems into complex systems. We can diagram dyadic and triadic human relationships to better analyze, design, and implement complex systems containing human subsystems. Trust and distrust are separate but linked state variables. Trust is fragile and distrust is …

A Story About Trust

I took a course not long ago where on the first day of class the teacher said, “You all have an A.” I’ll bet you and I both wish we had more teachers like that. The reason the teacher gave for this practice is fascinating to me. She said that we practice a skill or attitude in the same mental …

Why Systems Thinking is Essential.

Why is Systems Thinking important?   Just like construction at heights, solutions are not easy.  To determine the simple effective solution to a problem, we must understand the complexity of the problem. The performance of any system depends upon its structure. Through causal mapping, we capture the structure of the system so we can determine where to intervene in the structure …

The 3 Minute Meeting

We’ll describe the characteristics and techniques for conducting three-minute meetings. We’ll consider the roles of both supervisor and subordinate in the meeting. Three-minute meetings work best in a production (regular and frequent performing the same or similar tasks) environment. In what we call project or mixed environments, we find that 15-minute meetings work well. The issues related to effective three-minute …

How to measure what we want?

THE MAIN POINT (355 words—71 seconds reading time) To date, we’ve discussed three methods for implementing a management process for getting control of our work and our life. First, we must set expectations, since meeting expectations leads to success. Second, we must know our work, so we will work on the right things. Third, we must set indicators and reference …

How to gain back control of your time.

Do you have this many remote controls at home? We all want control. However, most of us do not have control of our time. As we spend our most valuable and non-recoverable resource—time—we not only need to think about how much time we spend, but about our priorities for spending time. We tend to spend time on crises before we …