Strategic Change: Even Though It's Good For You It Doesn't Mean It's Easy
by Rachel DiGiammarino
“Change is no longer the exception, it’s the rule.” How many times have we heard that before? Particularly from the business perspective, more books, articles, case studies and blogs have been written on the subject, a relatively new and dominating field of change management has emerged, and strategic agility has become a highly prioritized competency for leaders. Businesses should be simultaneously trying to figure out how to adapt in order to keep pace over the competition, retain dedicated staff, demonstrate value-add in their products, and increase customer loyalty. Harvard Business School Professor John P. Kotter wrote Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail, which was first published in 1995, and re-published in 2012 with a new preface by the author. His “Eight Steps to Transforming Your Organization” still hold true today and are what make or break a leader who is responsible for guiding institutional change.
Influencing Inside Out
by Heather Meeker Green
Have you ever wondered how you could be more influential in situations in your life? Having studied, observed, practiced and taught best practices to being influential for decades, I believe a good start is to first influence yourself and then you can be influential with others. If you go into the situation without having influenced yourself first, you may be unprepared and resistant and find that getting to a good outcome is tougher that you hoped. To me, influencing yourself first means putting yourself in the right mindset and planning a little so the conversation will flow in a positive direction.
On the Air:
Listen to the 20-minute radio interview between Heather Meeker Green and Jim Blasingame of the Small Business Advocate discussing approaches and attitudes to workplace conflict, derived from lessons espoused in Tear Down the Wall: Be Your Own Mediator In Conflict.
Accordence is excited to share a sampling of its time-tested, real-world applicable negotiation strategies in a variety of useful formats:
Blog Post: It's All In Your Attitude, Right?
Webinar: Influencing Without Authority
Audio Presentation: Negotiation Best Practices
We also encourage you to engage with Accordence through some of our other thought channels: