Category Archives: Creating Change Agents

How to Be a Naysayer

I was recently asked by a stakeholder for advice on how to resist change in a professional way. His company is going through a dramatic change and, though he thinks the direction is a good idea, he disagrees with how … Continue reading

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The Power of I Statements

Last year I took one of the Brave New Workshop’s women-focused programs. Like me, the majority of the attendees were women who work in historically male-dominated fields. One of the topics taught during the workshop was using “I” statements to … Continue reading

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Disarming the Tension

Leading change is hard. As change agents, we often need to react to situations in the opposite way from what our emotions would lead us to do. Instead of fighting fire with fire, we need to quench the fire with … Continue reading

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Are You Really Ready to Change?

Leaders set the tone for their organizations. As a leader, are you preparing your organization to be successful in the future? OrĀ are there preconceived notions that you bring to the table that are clouding your ability to set your team … Continue reading

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It’s a Brand New World

The challenges that face companies today are so different than those when I was in college and preparing to start my career 15 years ago. I went to engineering school where the curriculum focused on understanding the science, coming up … Continue reading

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How to Solve a Lack of Accountability

It is a new year and one of the biggest pain points we hear from prospective clients and from colleagues is dealing with a corporate culture that lacks accountability. Nothing is more de-motivating than to eagerly join a new company, … Continue reading

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Staying Open to Improve

I remember a conversation I had with my grandmother when I was young. One of her pet peeves was hearing someone say “no, but…” As a teenager, “no, but” was definitely part of my vernacular! It was in my first … Continue reading

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Mandela’s Legacy: Forgive and Lead

My father had the honor of working with Nelson Mandela, a man whom he described as the embodiment of the best that a person can be. With Mr. Mandela’s passing, I would like to reflect on what we as leaders … Continue reading

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Expressing Gratitude

This time of year our thoughts often turn to reflection on what we have accomplished and to thanking those people who have helped us along the way. Recognition is priceless and can be inexpensive. What matters is that the expression … Continue reading

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1 Question to Uplift the Conversation

After reading so many articles about major issues with product and website launches over the past few weeks, I wanted to share “A Question You Should Ask Every Day” from Geoffrey James of Inc.com: Just out of curiosity, what do … Continue reading

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