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    Images of Change Intelligence

    Images from my recent series of posts on Change Intelligence. Click on any image to see the original post. Change Intelligence Quotient Coaches and Drivers      Visionaries and Facilitators     Executors and Champions   Adapters The Platinum Rule For Visionary Leaders The Platinum Rule For “Just Do It Change” Leaders The Platinum Rule for People-Focused Change […]

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    The Platinum Rule for People-Focused Change Leaders

    Recently, we have looked at communicating change with the platinum rule for visionary change leaders and the platinum rule for “just do it” change leaders. Today’s post completes the set. We will look at how people-focused change leaders can effectively communicate in the midst of change. Heart-oriented leaders help engage and care for others in […]

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    The Platinum Rule for “Just Do It” Change Leaders

    Hands-oriented leaders make the change happen on time, to budget and to specifications. They are the people you turn to when you want change to take hold. They “just do it”. In Barbara Trautlein’s model of change intelligence (CQ), executors, drivers and facilitators are high hands change leaders. But Enough About You. What About Them? Self-awareness about your CQ […]

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    Images of Leadership and Change 2014

     A review of my 2014 posts in images. Click on any image to see the original post.               _ -

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    The Platinum Rule for Visionary Change Leaders

    Head-oriented leaders are strategic and purpose-oriented, adept at inspiring others toward the bright new future. They serve as a lighthouse to help guide others toward the long-term vision for change. In Barbara Trautlein’s model of change intelligence (CQ), visionaries, drivers, and champions are high head change leaders.   But Enough About You. What About Them? Self-awareness about your […]

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    Change Intelligence: Adapters

    Change intelligence (CQ) highlights the need to focus on hands, heart and head for successful change. There are three dynamic duos – CQ styles that complement each other:  Coaches and Drivers Visionaries and Facilitators  Executers and Champions But there is a simpler way. If heart, head and hands are all necessary for leading change, wouldn’t the ideal change leader style combine […]

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    Change Intelligence: Executors and Champions

    Change intelligence highlights the need to focus on hands, heart and head for successful change. In today’s post, we will start with the hands – task leadership in change. (By the end, we will cover the heart and head as well.)  Change needs action-oriented leaders. Someone has to plan the work, watch the budget and manage the schedule to […]

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    Change Intelligence: Visionaries and Facilitators

    As we continue to think about change intelligence, today we’ll look at the dynamic duo of “visionary” and “facilitator”. Change Leader: The Visionary Barbara Trautlein describes the visionary as strategic, futuristic and purpose-oriented. In other words, he or she is a high head change leader.  Visionary leaders are important because vision is essential for successful change. In Kotter’s […]

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    Change Intelligence: Coaches and Drivers

    In this blog series on change intelligence, we’ll look at the styles of “coach” and “driver” today. Change can be discouraging. Change require sense-making, and sense-making requires emotional and cognitive energy. Being deep in the performance valley increases the stress of the change. When you are deep in the performance valley of change, who walks with […]

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    Change Intelligence Quotient

    Given that 70% of large scale changes fail, we need to slant the odds in favor of success. We need better leadership for change. So, what makes someone good at leading change? Articulating the vision for the change? Connecting with people in the trenches of change? Technical skills, such as project management or design? And, the […]

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    Practicing Leadership Skills in Safety

    Leaders trying out new skills can pose problems to their organization. Sometimes the new skills work perfectly from the start. Sometimes these skills create problems for the people around the leader. So how can leaders master the skills they need with minimum risk of collateral damage? My fifteen year old son has his learner’s permit. […]

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    Images of Goals and Metrics

    From my blog posts on goal setting for leaders. Smart Goals . . Leading with Goals . . Management by Objectives? Or Leading with Goals? . . . Too Many Goals? . . Got a Goal? Get a Metric! . . Good Goals Gone Bad . . Spoiling Good Goals with Bad Metrics .

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    Spoiling Good Goals with Bad Metrics

    The Veteran’s Health Administration exists to give the best possible medical care to America’s military veterans. One way to do this is to set goals for standards of care. But the VHA’s good goals were spoiled with bad metrics. According to the Washington Post: The agency has made it a goal to schedule appointments for […]

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    Good Goals Gone Bad

    Goals are powerful leadership tools that focus attention and effort. Good goals go bad when their power blinds us to critical information or strategic changes. Good Goals As a leader, goal setting is an essential part of your leadership toolbox. Like any tool, you have to use goals right: Set SMART goals. Smart goals are specific, measurable, actionable, […]

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    Got a Goal? Get A Metric!

    Goals are powerful leadership tools to focus attention and effort. But goals are incomplete without a measure of success. Basics of Goal Setting As a leader, goal setting is an essential part of your leadership toolbox. Like any tool, you have to use goals right: Set SMART goals. Smart goals are specific, measurable, actionable, realistic and time-bound. […]

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    Too Many Goals?

    Goals are powerful leadership tools. They focus attention and effort on the key accomplishments needed for organizational success. If goals are good, are more goals better? As a leader, how many goals should you set? Basics of Goal Setting As a leader, goal setting is an essential part of your leadership toolbox. Like any tool, […]

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    Images of Active Listening

      From my series of blog posts on active listening for leaders.   Two Steps to Active Listening .   You’re Not Listening . Listening in the Performance Valley . Energy for Active Listening

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    Energy for Active Listening

      Leaders who listen well are more effective, more persuasive and more engaging than leaders who don’t listen. Carol Wilson¹ lays out five levels of listening: 1. Interrupting  2. Sharing  3. Advising  4. Attentive Listening 5. Active Listening We have thought about Levels 1-4 in previous posts. You’re not listening if you’re interrupting, sharing or advising (Levels […]

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    Listening in the Performance Valley

    Listening is a key skill for leaders. Leaders who listen well are more effective, more persuasive and more engaging than leaders who don’t listen. Listening is especially useful when the other person is trying to make sense of change. Anticipating and adapting to change requires substantial cognitive effort – what I call sense-making. Sense-making creates a performance […]

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    You’re Not Listening

    Active listening is a key skill for leaders. In a previous post on Two Steps to Active Listening, I defined active listening as “the art of listening with intensity to truly hear what the other person says, knows and feels.” Leaders who actively listen are more effective, more persuasive and more engaging than leaders who don’t […]

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