Category Archives: Lead change

Troubleshooting Tips and Brain Based Benefits

When learning or leadership problems pop up – how do you troubleshoot to ensure that all those you mentor, coach, teach, or facilitate will takeaway more?   Below are brain-compatible strategies I use and I’d love to hear your tips.

An Inuit Elder Taught Me How Ravens Walk and Soar as We Can Too

When I worked in the High Arctic in the 90’s, I met a wise Inuit elder who inspired me in new ways to face everyday challenges. He shared how ravens on Baffin Island (up by Greenland) surprised everybody when they began to walk one-day in the 80s. “Before that, ravens… Read more »

Your Brain on Peer Support

To support colleagues and draw support from peers means to first discover what brains crave in common and how they operate. How so? Imagine for instance, that we could build a learning community together to support all. Imagine that each will benefit from shared strengths that improve our circles daily…. Read more »

Namungos to Disrupt for Innovative Choices!

After a lifetime of attending and leading conferences to get more from our awesome brains, I see why participants leave some traditional gatherings with so few takeaways. Interested in more meaningful outcomes from your next meeting? My namungos (fictional characters with real brain parts) show a few cool ways we… Read more »

Change the Metaphor to Improve Learning – Speak Up and Feel Heard!

To improve learning is to change the metaphor so that all students and their teachers relate positively.  When kept silent – too many teens face boredom and frustrations that come from silent toxins. The opposite is also true.Students who speak up and feel heard do far better in every class!… Read more »

Discovery Builds a Brain Based Culture

Games are the most elevated forms of investigation, according to Einstein. So too are active projects, most young adults agree! Discover how brain chemicals, life experiences and genetics play key roles in learning choices and outcomes! See how your brain transforms barriers into benefits and wiggles problems into possibilities. Build… Read more »

Boost Teacher Brainpower Past Tests

Let’s boost teacher brainpower, past tests and tribulations – so that students and schools can win on the other side of distracting disputes!  

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50 Questions to Lead Bloggers

Leadership is changing fast and if ASTD is right in 2012 Leadership Handbook – a new kind of leader is already on the horizon! Could any of the new era leaders listed below help to usher in that finer future we all crave?

Calling all Game Changers

Shift your question from, How can I win? to ask, How can I lead a winning plan?

Game-changer questions for brilliant new game plans, move players to more sustainable ground together? The opposite is also true.

Making Change Easy

eweber   April 25, 2012   3 Comments on Making Change Easy

Change often feels anything but easy …

Ever ask with that popular poster, How can you fly with eagles when you work with a bunch of turkeys?

It feels as if your brain is hard-wired more for chipping away at endless daily routines that tank your talents. You suit up to lead lofty adventures, yet too often ruts keep you pecking away like turkeys, day after day. Do you ever wonder why you slide back so easily into doing the same boring things that spin your wheels but go nowhere? It may seem reasonable once or twice. But over and over again?

Some people blame their supervisors, others say lack of funds keeps them down in the dust.

Are you aware though, that blame robs creative oomph, drowns change and leaves you stuck in ruts? Fault finding blocks focus from seeing those game-changing horizons that complainers only crave.

It doesn’t have to be that way, and your success often depends on how you handle detractors. When Gordon, a British Columbia School Superintendent, tried to involve parents in the daily interactions of his large district, several secondary school faculty threatened to quit.

Cynicism trumped his changes at every step …

Protesters insisted that when outsiders (namely parents) try to control their classrooms, they can no longer teach effectively and test scores suffer. Critics countered even small suggestions to include parents, with anxious retorts that parents know nothing about secondary school content, yet act as if they’re in charge.

For months Gordon tried to win over detractors, while a vocal few spread cynicism across schools averting any progress toward collaboration. Nothing worked and gloom spread across change suggestions like the aftermath of nuclear fallout spreads across a once-vibrant village.

Allies opened spigots of hope …

Then Gordon called a meeting with four highly-respected teachers.

After a few hours of brainstorming they’d integrated four disciplines under one umbrella topic – LIGHT. Each of the four classes met learning standards and yet lessons also included student-led topics that teens enjoy.

Enthusiasm carried that first meeting into shared pizza and late night noodling ….

Tone Tools Design Goodwill in War Zones

Ever have a day when work became combat, and your workplace a war zone? When problems arise, the last place leaders look for solutions is within differences that caused battles in the first place. Have you seen it?

Gary, manufacturing manager in NY, is more typical of leaders we meet who see differences as the cause for poor tone. We have constant problem because union reps, “stick their noses into everything, cause trouble for the entire company”, he said, ”They make no effort to help with anything,” he went on.

Why is Change so Hard?

Why is change from traditional to innovative so hard for some to embrace, and how do resources shift from people who guard status quo – to innovative leaders who sustain communities of passion? How would you answer?

Four Questions toward a Kinder, Gentler Leadership

Have you noticed how some people focus on what’s broke, and often miss the solutions?

In 30 years of international renewal work here at Mita, we’ve learned to ask four questions that lead to solutions that organizations crave. Here are four questions worth asking at your workplace:

Stack the Deck for Creative Risks

Imagine a workplace where you design & implement an innovation the world craves. Meetings where you play with what if … kinds of challenges. Yet innovation isn’t ideas delivered in talks, but it’s a design you invent, lead, and perfect. How will you stack the deck today for more creative risks?

Personal Intelligence for Organizational Growth

Intrapersonal intelligence offers you amazing tools for personal progress at work. Why then do many fail to benefit from intuitive intelligence? Become who you want others to see in you, and you’ll advance a personal IQ that stokes enthusiasm from others too.  It’s about bumping up against daily stressors without … Read more »