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?

 

Making Change Easy

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 ….

To spark students and parents’ talents for their high school classes, faculty sketched out and illustrated active learning tasks from multiple intelligences.  During this lively session several parents admitted they often felt unwelcomed in secondary schools, which is why they stayed away for the most part.

With a welcoming invitation to advance their teens’ school experience, no wonder parents and guardians showed up in droves to offer their ideas for a more interactive approach.  A facilitator drew people and ideas together as the group shared and sketched novel learning opportunities.

Math had bored many students earlier, but …

When the math teacher asked how parents would show rays, angles, lines, and magnification, an engineer jumped in to show the math laws that gave a cutting edge to his firm. When the science teacher asked how the human eye, solar power, and mirrors relate to light, an optometrist led the discussion.

English and social studies classes had detractors, until …

The English teacher followed with his plan for reading the novel, Light a Single Candle, and several writers tossed in cool ideas about atmosphere and mood and metaphors to consider. Finally the social studies teacher added his intention to highlight the Renaissance, which erupted the whole gymnasium with Enlightenment insights.  Shared excitement sparked wonder into individual revelations for how to ensure mutual benefit. It’s easy — just like you led us tonight, a former principal shouted out, and the group cheered.

That simple new direction spun into a menagerie of ideas across the entire community – all from one meeting with a few high-performing-minds.  Have you seen it happen where you work?

You can become a game-changer …

Ten basic change approaches in this new ebook -  Making Change Easy – equip your team with mental capabilities for winning changes made easy. Yes – in spite of change-resisters who try to trip you up along the way.

Luckily, your brain holds tools that enable you to embrace change, in spite of detractors.  You too can fuel curiosity and pound new pathways into new horizons you deserve.

Why then do so many people resist change?

If the human brain offers tools to lead innovation, why do resisters outnumber change agents like warriors outnumber peace-keepers?  This ebook not only illustrates what goes down for change- resisters, it explains how the human brain easily defaults to ruts under certain conditions.

Effective game changers facilitate from unique areas of the brain …

Gordon and his team navigated problems to sustain healthy change, through modeling attitudes and actions that literally reshape a brain’s formation. Daily choice played a larger role in missed or gained opportunities than most team members realized when the project launched.

No wonder losses emerge for resisters while wins graced rejuvenators …

How many times have you passed over a winning game-changing opportunity?  Perhaps you dreaded the consequences. Or you slipped into fear that others wouldn’t follow you. Whatever the reason, you simply lacked confidence to lead a renewal venture, that may have failed in past attempts.

In contrast, let’s assume you embrace change – and select  easy-to-follow suggestions from this ebook Making Change Easy.  Expect visible differences and yet highly successful ventures to follow.  Just as Gordon did, you’ll also roll out similar new capabilities in several key areas.  If you have further questions, or if this ebook failed to address your change issues in this area, do let us know at the Mita International Brain Center.

Change comes from doing rather than merely learning …

This book is designed to help you take risks in ways that add dopamine chemicals to build tenacity for further possibilities. How so?

Run with one good idea, and your brain will leap to the challenge and tangibly support your new nerve. Simply stated, you build new neural connections that help you to lead further winning risks. Sound worth a try?  Expect personal and organizational rewards along with a sense of satisfaction to boot.

Together, we’ll celebrate new courage as serotonin (your brain’s chemical for wellbeing) ignites your every step. Oh yes, you’ll still see cynics continue to create toxic settings along the sidelines, yet you’ll also gather newfound courage to sidestep snipers who challenge innovation’s progress.

Those who will settle for run-of-the-mill routines may still perform minimal job descriptions.  Change-makers want more.  To reduce anxiety, and increase wins, you’ll discover brainpowered tools in this ebook that activate your limbic system to make change easier in your organization.

Further Readings Related to – Change Made Easy

Mita Manifesto for Renewal – http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/change/mita-brain-manifesto/

Blame it on the Brain – 25 brain facts that impact change -  http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/working-memory/blame-it-on-the-brain/

Retention Lost in Lectures – http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/multiple-intelligences/retention-lost-in-lectures/

Facilitate Innovative Brainpower – http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/change/facilitate-innovation-with-brainpower/

Tone Tools design Goodwill in War Zones http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/ellen-weber/tone-tools-design-goodwill-in-war-zones/

Ode to Innovation Brainpower – http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/basal-ganglia/ode-to-power-of-practice/

Mita Brain Renewal for Leading and Learning – http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/general/mita-brain-based-renewal-for-leaders-and-learners/

Brainpower Beyond the Sea of Cynicism – http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/survey/brainpower-beyond-sea-of-cynicism/

Stress Tanks Learners and Leaders http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/ellen-weber/stress-masks-as-savior-to-strike-as-killer/

Wonders and Woes of Change – http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/change/wonders-and-woes-of-change/

Two-footed Questions Lead Change – http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/multiple-intelligences/2-footed-questions-lead-change/

Why is Change so Hard – http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/2-footed-question/wonders-or-woes-of-change/

Four Questions toward a kinder, Gentler Leadership – http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/2-footed-question/four-questions-toward-a-kinder-gentler-leadership/

Stack the Deck for Creative Risks – http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/multiple-intelligences/stack-the-deck-for-creative-risks/

Renewal Runs Deeper than Dollars http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/general/renewal-runs-deeper-than-dollars/

Personal Intelligence for Organizational Growth http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/innovation/personal-intelligence-for-organizational-growth/

Lead Differences with the Brain in Mind – http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/ellen-weber/lead-differences-with-the-brain-in-mind/

The Brain on Hope – Lessons from Chilean Rescue – http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/tone/the-brain-on-hope-lessons-from-chilean-rescue/

Mindful Transparency Promotes Skilled Leaders -  http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/ellen-weber/mindful-transparency-promotes-skilled-leaders/

Hidden Traps Undo Brainpower – http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/tone/hidden-traps-that-undo-you/

Lead Questions for Innovative Brainpower http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/2-footed-question/lead-questions-for-innovative-brainpower/

25 Marks of Innovative Brainpower at Work – http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/multiple-intelligences/25-marks-of-innovative-brainpower-at-work/

Change Me First – http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/general/change-me-first/

Soar with Ravens – Lead Innovative Change – http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/multiple-intelligences/5-ways-to-soar-with-ravens-walk-forward-lead-innovative-change/

25 Signs an Organizational Model is Broken – http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/serotonin/25-signs-organizational-model-is-broken/

Protect Turf or Ride the Surf – http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/merger-mita-question/protect-turf-or-ride-the-surf/

Revisit Mistakes to Boost Brainpower – http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/change/revisit-mistakes-to-boost-brainpower/

5 Keys into a New World Order for Work – http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/rewire-brain/5-keys-into-new-world-order-for-work/

Organizational Brainpower for Innovation – http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/multiple-intelligences/innovation-or-indifference-organizational-brainpower/

Change Focus to Reboot Motivation – http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/innovation/change-focus-to-reboot-motivation/

Brainpower for Democracy or Demolition? http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/2-footed-question/brainpower-for-democracy-or-demolition/

Inspire Change in Those who Run in Ruts http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/general/inspire-change-in-those-who%E2%80%99d-rather-run-in-ruts/

Circle Gatekeepers to Launch Innovations – http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/general/circle-gatekeepers-to-launch-innovations/

Why Brain Renewal is not for You http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/rewire-brain/why-brain-renewal-is-not-for-you/

10 Secrets for Brain Bursts at High School http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/multiple-intelligences/10-secrets-for-brains-at-high-school/

Urgent Call to White House – Help Teens! http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/multiple-intelligences/urgent-call-to-white-house-for-teens/

Higher Education Reinvention – http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/multiple-intelligences/higher-education-change-opportunities/

Brainpower Responses to Universities in Crisis – http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/general/brainpower-response-to-universities-in-crisis/

Could Neuro Discoveries Transform Universities? http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/change/could-neuro-discoveries-transform-university/

Death of Education Dawn of Learning – http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/general/death-of-education-dawn-of-learning/

Brain Parts Promote or Stomp Out Change – http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/multiple-intelligences/brain-parts-promote-or-stomp-out-change/

5 Comments

  1. Ellen,
    I truly appreciate your site. Today’s post is particularly important in demonstrating the science behind the brain’s role in calming the body and triggering innovation. The behavioral changes we make – just starting them, doing them, cultivating them – fires those neurons in new ways that seem to have endless potential. If corporate American could really groc this, we’d see more progressive initiatives toward reducing stress at work while boosting the potential for innovation. Simple mind-mapping and doing some simple breathing exercises for example, in my opinion could have huge implications in a staid workplace desperately in need of sweeping change. @JudyMartin8

  2. eweber says:

    Judy, thanks for your kind words. What a delight to meet you and to see the wonderful work you do! I am convinced that our work shares delightful boundaries and I will be reading more of yours with keen interest!

    Love your focusing in on “the brain’s role in calming the body and triggering innovation.” Without this Judy, we’ll do the same things in the same way – and get the same old results that left us in the dust.

    I also agree with your insight that – “ The behavioral changes we make – just starting them, doing them, cultivating them – fires those neurons in new ways that seem to have endless potential. “ Yet sadly, folks rarely see the wonder they could get by working more with the brain than against it!

    Corporate American may not be willing to grasp this, Judy, but that won’t stop emerging entrepreneurs from running for gold with it in the current era!
    When you engage your great suggestions of “mind-mapping and doing some simple breathing exercises for example, in my opinion could have huge implications in a staid workplace desperately in need of sweeping change.” We add 8 distinctive intelligences that bring workplaces alive so that people begin to lead innovation with the brain in mind.

    Just completed the latest Kindle – MAKING CHANGE EASY http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007XLAMFM to show how to mutually mentor for instance – so that the same old guard cannot simply pass on their mistakes as if they were regal, and so all folks can learn from one another’s newly engaged brainpower Since I am facilitating another group of leaders soon – I am excited about having the Kindle for leaders to try simple brainpowered tools at their own pace.

    Thanks for this discourse and let’s keep talking! Best @ellenfweber

  3. Whoa!I just love your website!This article is so for me right now!I particularly loved that illustration about that British Columbia school!who would have thought that those parents had so much to offer?Personally,I am,rather,was afraid of change but after reading this article I just realized how easy it is to embrace change ;-)

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