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Coronavirus - How To Cope With Social Distancing, Working From Home And Other Anxieties

Coronavirus has changed everything. Most of us are now working from home. We are all experiencing the effects of “social distancing” and other impacts of the current lockdown which have dramatically restricted our lives. The biggest of which is that we have no idea when or how this will all end. Many of us are feeling anxious.

I offer the following 5 practical suggestions:

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Managing Personal Change - In Times Of Crisis

Leading, managing and surviving organisational change is inseparable from managing personal change.

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VIDEO: Avoid Selling Your Ideas - Change Without Migraines

How To Inspire Your People In Tough Times

How do you provide inspirational motivation to people living with the constant insecurities engendered by the current climate?

How do you deal with downsized workforces populated with employees who suffer from any or all of the following negative emotions: insecurity, dread, apathy, passivity, carelessness, and resentment?

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Are You Leading Through the Crisis … or Managing the Response?

The coronavirus crisis, like every crisis, is unfolding over an arc of time with a beginning, middle, and end.

The actions of executives and their teams now, in the midst of this crisis, will significantly determine their fate.

Addressing the urgent needs of the present is the work of management.

Leading, by contrast, involves guiding people to the best possible eventual outcome over this arc of time. Here's how:

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Leadership - Embracing Change Amid Uncertainty

As leaders, we are shouldered with the role of anchoring our employees and organizations. We do our best to show up for them, offer direction and make decisions for moving forward, despite our own concerns and feelings of uncertainty.

But leadership is about influencing and creating a better future. We have to practice active hope by becoming active participants in bringing about what we hope for – even when there is a large gap between our reality and desired future.

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Pay Attention To Your Existing Leadership Strengths.

We are often so focused on trying to fix our weaknesses that we neglect to nurture our strengths.

There’s an entire industry of books and seminars founded on the assumption that if you just learn the right set skills and behaviors, you’ll be a leader...

I’m here to tell you there’s an easier way - pay attention to your existing leadership strengths.

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3 Magic Words for the Coronavirus Crisis

How to cope, help, and influence millions of people to stay home.

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The 10 Most Effective Strategies for Staying Effective in The Face of Coronavirus Crisis

In times of stress and anxiety, it's easy to fall into patterns of despair and panic. However, the antidote to this and a simple recipe for regaining posture and poise is to continuously implement habits of reassurance and effectiveness.

The reason you have to continually maintain vigilance is because the id wants to find reasons for panic and disorder, but by intentionally taking command of one's thought processes and emotional intelligence, what seems enormous and all powerful soon appears what it really is, a temporary issue over which you possess ultimate control.

So try these formulas for transforming your distressings into blessings.

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Crisis Of Confidence In Business Leaders To Manage Disruption, Like Coronavirus

Only 15% of business executives worldwide have confidence in their company's own top leadership to successfully manage disruption – including unexpected events like pandemics, technological advances, shifting demographics and climate change, a global analysis from the international executive search firm Odgers Berndtson reveals today.

This lack of confidence is striking since 95% of executives also believe that managing disruption well is now critical for companies to succeed in turbulent times.

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Critical Leadership Lessons During A Pandemic

Leading during a pandemic is clearly more challenging than navigating a smaller crisis. Yet the lessons learned for responding and communicating as events unfold is the same.

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Why On The Ground Leadership Is Important

In business, true leaders are on the ground engaging customers and reviewing their projects. Good leaders are those who are on the ground, addressing issues before they arise and ensure a certain quality control is in place to mitigate problems.

On the ground leadership is important in business for a number of reasons.

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How To Step Up Your Leadership In Times Of Adversity

As a leader, your job is to keep your feet on the ground and your sights on the big picture while still tending to what is needed right now.

Getting breathless and panicky isn’t going to help. You have to find coherence and calm — because people are following your lead, whether you realize it or not.

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Corporate Culture and Its Impact on Strategic Change

The power of culture is an important consideration when planning change.

This paper will help you understand the dynamics of organizational culture and what contributes to supporting or obstructing change initiatives.

It will also address whether or not to attempt shifting a culture,and how it should be approached if such an endeavor is warranted.

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Dealing Effectively with the Seven Key Challenges of Major Change

Have you ever led a major change and out of nowhere some big hairy challenge reared its ugly head?

I identified seven of those big challenges that can occur anytime over the life of a major project. Do any seem familiar?

You’ll find ideas and tools here that you can start to use right away to address that challenge. And all of these videos, assessments, e-books, and white papers are free.

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VIDEO: How a Common Goal Can Create Strong Forward Momentum - Change Without Migraines

Whatever Your Career Ambitions, Your Leadership Skills Will Be Critical. Ten Leadership Qualities You Want To Master

I think everyone, at one time or another, has ambitions to be a good leader. Let’s look at the top qualities a leader should master.

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Why Coronavirus Will Stimulate Innovation

In addition to the immeasurable suffering and loss of life, the deadly coronavirus is already impacting the world economy, hurting stocks, halting travel and meetings, impacting the daily ritual of going to the office, and quarantining millions.

If the history of pandemics is a guide, this contagion, like all others, will spark a wave of innovation, proportional to how it alters the shape of society.

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Why Inclusive Leaders Are Good for Organizations, and How to Become One

Companies increasingly rely on diverse, multidisciplinary teams that combine the collective capabilities of women and men, people of different cultural heritage, and younger and older workers.

But simply throwing a mix of people together doesn’t guarantee high performance; it requires inclusive leadership — leadership that assures that all team members feel they are treated respectfully and fairly, are valued and sense that they belong, and are confident and inspired.

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Woman-To-Woman Leadership Advice

I am always looking for additional woman-to-woman leadership advice.

Here are a few tips I’ve found recently. Which resonate with you? What advice would you offer?

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Why Change Management Needs Leadership To Achieve Digital Change

Leaders must be proactive in getting employees on board with the digital change that must happen to meet the changing business landscape.

Change management tactics are changing too...

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Why A Programme Based Change Management Model Delivers Results & Realises Benefits

There are many change management methodologies, and they all have various strengths and weaknesses.

Based on my own experience, it is my belief that the broad principles of programme management can be set out in a simple model and using simple language that can be applied to change management methodologies within any organisation of any size.

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Project Management Principles - 10 Excellent Ways To Fail A Project

Project failure can easily be achieved by ignoring some of the following core project management principles...

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Why Use A Project Management Maturity Model?

In most organisations the evolution of project management, programme management and change management skills typically lags far behind the development of other capabilities within the company.

This can be summarised as progress driven by pain...

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Change Management for Organisational Leaders - Starting Out

You have an idea, you have a vision for a significant visionary change, and/or your organisation is facing major external challenges...

It is fairly obvious to you that the size, scope and complexity, priority, timescale and strategic importance of the proposed change is such that it is a step change, and as such should not be introduced as part of "Business As Usual" as it would disrupt the day-to-day running of your organisation.

It is also apparent that if this potential change initiative is to proceed, it needs to be regarded and handled as a specific initiative and will require some form of change management process.

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Conflict Resolution Tips In Change Management

In a business and organisational context conflict arises between colleagues, between departments, groups and teams; up and downline the line between managers and their subordinates.

The underlying elements of most of these organisational conflicts are the 3 "P's" of people, personalities and politics.

In a change management context, as a change leader here is how to be prepared for this:

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5 Characteristics of Facilitative Change Leadership

Facilitative leadership is the exercising of communication skills, social skills to achieve a collaborative approach.

It is one of the keys to dealing with resistance to change:

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Preparing Your Workforce To Embrace Change

Taking apart what you know to build something new, different and better, will inevitably follow a period of mistakes, false starts and uncertainty. So just how do you get a workforce to embrace change, when all they want to do is run in the opposite direction?

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Digital Transformation Is All About Change Management

No matter which framework companies choose to execute for digital transformation projects, the key factor to its success is who is in charge of the change management.

Here is why change management matters:

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Fear Is A Bad Leadership Team Principle

The CEO’s most important job is to model behaviors that squash fear, such as minimizing emotional outbursts, encouraging teammates to challenge him or her, and fostering debate...

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Building Trust By Closing The “Say-Do” Gap

Your colleagues must be able to count on you before you can truly be able to count on them. But first, you have to understand the nature of trust...

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Change Management Leadership Qualities - The Renewable Leader

So how does a leader become a "renewable leader", what are the leadership qualities that make this possible?

What does "engagement" and "empowerment" mean in practice?

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Change Management - Processes That Work For People

The traditional command control approach to organisational change invariably starts with the sponsorship of new initiatives from the top.

Senior management then assemble a project team to develop the ideas - and these become a recommendation that is then sold to and eventually resisted by large sections of the wider organisation.

Sound familiar?

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Making Change Management Work in 2020

Five tips for change leaders:

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The Fifth Commandment Of Highly Effective Leadership: Be An Assertive Communicator

Being an effective communicator is listed as one of the top skills in almost every job description, and it's very high on rating your emotional intelligence score.

When I provide leadership training, I often share insights into what I've learned about four different styles of communication:

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Conflict Resolution Tips In Change Management

As change leader, be prepared! In a business and organisational context conflict arises between colleagues; between departments, groups and teams; up and downline the line between managers and their subordinates.

The underlying elements of most of these organisational conflicts are the 3 "P's" of people, personalities and politics.

Here is how to deal with this:

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Issues with Senior Management Not Accepting The Need For Change Management

"How to obtain stakeholder engagement when they 'just don't get it'?"

My suggestions are:

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Reducing Change Management Risk With Change Readiness Assessments

Change management risk assessment is based on the premise that "organisational risk" is the inverse of "change readiness". In other words, the more ready the organisation is to change, the lower the risk of failure of the change initiative.

Here are some useful ways for defining and calibrating change readiness and taking steps to mitigate the likely causes of change failure.

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Resistance To Change - I Was Told To Sack Her, But She Saved The Project

Resistance to change is often a mask for deep-seated fears and resentments that directly arise from the disconnect that occurs as senior management willfully do not seek and respond to direct feedback from the frontline - and the human consequences of their decisions.

Some years ago, I was troubleshooting on a particularly messy large IT project...

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The 5 Practical Keys To Dealing With Resistance to Change

Here are the five keys to dealing with resistance to change at an operational and tactical level.

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Resistance To Change - Understanding The Critical Disconnects And How To Deal With Them

Resistance to change is a direct consequence of leadership failure and management failure.

Read on for a good understanding of the multiple factors that lead to resistance to change and how to address them:

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How To Manage Change - An Executive Summary

How to manage change? This article provides you with an executive summary of all the key subjects you need to consider plus access to a wide range of free resources:

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Change Management And The Evolution Of Digital Transformation

Notwithstanding its popularity, research reports conducted in the past couple of years revealed that 70 to 80% of enterprises who invested in digital transformation failed to realize any business value whatsoever from these efforts; and the biggest barrier is employee resistance to change and organization culture.

Read on to discover how DX should be treated in a holistic manner — to include a set of strategic actions, execution, and organizational culture change:

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White Paper - Digital Transformation: Bring Digital to Life with People & Change Management

The manufacturing industry is facing several challenges that are interrupting the effective process of wide digital transformation.

This whitepaper explores these problems and proposes how to go about motivating your workforce to accept the benefits that DX brings.

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Change Management In Your Contact Centre: 4 Strategies to Align People and Processes as You Move your Tech to the Cloud

Here are four strategies essential to improve your contact center through the lens of change management, so you’re set to move to the cloud and mature your systems without a hitch.

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Video: You Can't Influence Talent. Do THIS Instead...

I made a short video to help answer the biggest influence question I was asked in 2019.In fact, it was easily the biggest influence question of the entire decade - and I answered it in two minutes and fifty seconds (with the help of my high school math teacher and McDonald's.)

The question is: "How do I get people to do what I want them to do?"

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Change Management: Ensuring Effective Two Way Communication With All Your Programme Stakeholders

A good Communication Strategy is at the heart of any successful change process.

The more change there is going to be then the greater the need - and especially about the reasons, the benefits, the plans and proposed effects of that change.

Here the key questions and guiding principles:

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Change Management: A Better Way To Explain The "Why"

Most leaders can walk their team through the what and the how behind change management efforts, but fall short on the why.

Here's how to make it meaningful:

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The 6 Critical Leadership Qualities That C-Suite Execs Often Miss

Do you want to be more effective as a leader? Preparing for the top spot in an organization—whether it’s CEO, CMO, CTO or whatever you “C” in your future—means cultivating these six critical qualities...

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