March 29, 2011
Empowered people don’t get that way through a corporate edict or by attending a training class. Empowerment must be earned through four actions—meeting criteria for influence, applying unflinching candor, providing insightful input, and consistently supporting the client’s decisions. Sound difficult? It is.
March 23, 2011
The empowered relationship is one of the more important aspects of orchestrating organizational transitions, but the term “empowerment” continues to be misunderstood and misused. Most professional change facilitators have some understanding of empowerment’s role and importance during implementation, but we have to fully grasp all its implications if we are to help our clients use this tool wisely.
In this new series, I discuss the difference between empowerment and delegation, how to earn empowerment, the characteristics of an empowered person, as well as building blocks—and roadblocks—to empowerment.
March 16, 2011
Let’s face it: We probably could all use more courage when dealing with the day-to-day challenges of being a change practitioner. In this post, I interview Sandra Walston, author of “Face It: 12 Obstacles That Hold You Back on the Job.” Don’t let the title fool you; this book has more to offer than guidance about career advancement. Sandra has done her research and addresses many of the obstacles that can keep us from being effective change agents”—uncertainty, intimidation, denial, apathy, self-doubt, and more. I think you will find the interview, and her book, enlightening.
March 8, 2011
In this final post of my Building Commitment to Change series, I describe eight important lessons I’ve learned while helping clients generate enough commitment to reach full realization.
March 1, 2011
Change practitioners who understand the eight stages of building commitment can apply them to help generate momentum and critical mass during various engagements. In this post, I talk about barriers to success at each stage, and actions that can be taken to move people to the next stage. Also included is a downloadable table.