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Message from Pat

"After you've done a thing the same way for two years, look it over carefully. After five years, look at it with suspicion. And after ten years, throw it away and start all over."

~ Alfred Edward Perlman (1902-1983)

We all know change is inevitable. We may not like it, but it's going to happen and we should be prepared for it, especially if we're the ones to "throw it away and start all over". So, how can we, as change leaders, manage change and what skills do we need to make the change smooth (as much as is possible)?

According to William Bridges, author of Managing Transitions, when management introduces change, it needs to provide employees with the four P's: the Purpose (the reason behind the change), the Picture (what will the expected outcome look like?), the Plan (how will we get from here to there), and the Part (what part will the employees play?).

As change leaders we must involve everyone. People must see that the leaders are totally committed before they fully buy into the change. We must be the watchdogs and fire up people to support the change by spreading the word and cheerleading.

Build a cross-functional team to monitor the change and to see where the problems are. Ask for volunteers. You'll be surprised at who will show up. This team is a great place to put the 'nay-sayers' of the change. Some of the most valuable input can be found among these allies and being a part of the change may change them into full supporters.

Remember resistance is a natural part of change. In our current environments, people fear uncertainty. The questions always arise: Why do we have to change if the old way is working? What will happen to me after the change? What if I don't fit into the new way? What if I become obsolete? Deal with these questions honestly and if you don't know…say so.

Acknowledge people's fears. Let them get used to the new situation and encourage and reinforce them for their efforts.

Be flexible. You must have the ability to drop what you're doing and move to something more critical. Treat everything as a temporary measure. During this time, it is.

Assess. Assess. Assess. Keep assessing the situation. Keep assessing what's being said and what's not being said. Keep assessing your effectiveness as a change leader.

Acknowledge the mess. Remember, managing change is about bringing order to a messy situation. It is not a time to pretend that it is already organized and disciplined.

"Change is inevitable - except from a vending machine."

- Robert C. Gallagher

Step into leading and play a Bigger Game in your life…don't wait…model leadership…the World needs us to do this.

Lead strong!


Embrace Change

Change happens. And while we can't control much of the world changing around us, we can control how we respond. We can choose to anticipate and embrace changes or resist them. Resisting change is like trying to push water upstream. Generally we're quick to point to others who resist change. It's much harder to recognize or admit to our own change resistance.

Some people call change "progress" and celebrate the improvements that it brings. Others curse those same changes and wish for the good old days. Same changes, different responses. The choice is ours: We can be leaders, or we can be followers.

To embrace change, we need to concentrate on five areas.

1. Focus on a vision . Our vision or imagination guides everything we do. Helen Keller once said, "Nothing is more tragic than someone who has sight, but no vision." We find what we focus upon. Whether I think my world is full of richness and opportunity or garbage and despair - I am right. It's exactly like that because that's my point of focus.

2. Choose your outlook . We reach another milestone in our growth when we accept responsibility for our emotions. We must take responsibility for our actions in response to circumstances for which we are not responsible. The only thing we can control is ourselves, so when we choose our thoughts, we are choosing our future.

3. Seek authenticity . To create something we must be something. For example, becoming a parent is easy; being one is tough. We can't teach our kids self-discipline unless we are self-disciplined. We can't help build strong teams unless we are strong team players ourselves.

4. Commit ourselves with discipline . A key difference between real leaders and those who struggle to get by is self-discipline. As Confucius wrote, "The nature of people is always the same; it is their habits that separate them." Successful people have formed the habits of doing those things that most people don't want to do.

5. Continually grow and develop . Most people see others as they are; a leader sees them as they could be. Leaders see beyond the current problems and limitations to help others see their own possibilities. It's a key part of their own growth and development.

Change forces choices. If we're on the grow, we'll embrace many changes and find the positive in them. It's all in where we choose to put our focus. Even change that hits us in the side of the head as a major crisis can be full of growth opportunities - if we choose to look for them.

The point is, change is life. Successfully dealing with change means choosing to grow and develop continuously. Failing to grow is failing to live.

Excerpt from " Growing the Distance: Timeless Principles for Personal, Career, and Family Success" by Jim Clemmer.

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Change happens within you
The pivotal path of energy
Hinging at this very moment
On your fitting into the picture
Taking healthy steps
Healing petty problems now please
Love family, friends, and all
Start with this

Eric Wolfram

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Lately, I've been looking more and more at my consumption habits. See the movie "An Inconvenient Truth" and then see where you stand on global warming and I'll bet you'll start looking at your habits.

If you are looking for relevant, down-to-earth advice, articles and tips of the day on practical ways you can go 'green', the place to look is at Ideal Bite. It's a great website. Click on the Tip Library tab to look for eco-friendly tips by topic, or on the Blog tab to read what's new.

If you know of other sites that provide information on green living. Please send them my way.

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Until next time, I wish you joy and fun and ease and effortlessness!

Pat Obuchowski
CEO, Chief Empowerment Officer

Helping people step into their roles as leaders in their businesses, their communities and the world. Helping people and organizations find their "Bigger Game™".

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Brief Biography:

Pat Obuchowski is the CEO (Chief Empowerment Officer) of inVisionaria. inVisionaria is a company devoted to helping people and organizations find and achieve their vision and their voice. She works with individuals and organizations that are looking for structure, focus and accountability to set and achieve their goals. She also works with people who are ready to make big changes in their businesses and their lives and step into the leaders they've been yearning to be. People who are ready, willing and able to begin playing their "Bigger Game." No kidding. Right now.

The approach to achieve this and create this alliance is individually based and is designed between Pat and each of her clients.


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