February 12, 2013
Joseph Campbell was possibly the greatest mythologist of our time. In this first post of the series, I introduce his Hero’s Journey archetype, which can help us learn how our own heroic odyssey can make us better practitioners.
September 11, 2012
Last week, I finished my series on the burning platform. I included the original story of the 1988 Piper Alpha disaster, which provided the metaphor that I still use today. I certainly feel a debt of gratitude toward Andy, as well as others who survived and died that day, and their families. Their loss and sacrifice inadvertently provided a mechanism many change practitioners (myself included) have used to help ourselves and our clients better understand the kind of commitment necessary to realize fundamental change. Next year marks the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster. A campaign is underway in Aberdeen, Scotland to raise money to maintain the existing memorial and gardens. Please consider making a donation to the Piper Alpha Memorial Fund as a way to express our appreciation for their contribution to our profession.
August 28, 2012
As I described earlier in this series of posts, what drove my original interest in the Piper Alpha event was my desire to find a metaphor to reflect the commitment needed to sustain movement away from unacceptable conditions. The burning-platform story is about the level of resolve it takes to break from the past and […]
August 21, 2012
Contrary to how some people relate to the term “burning platform,” I don’t see it as a story of disaster. To me it’s a tale of courage and tenacity that illustrates the commitment necessary to face the risk and uncertainty inherent in departing from the current state of affairs.
I never intended to give the impression that an emergency was always necessary to motivate sustained major change. If one word is associated with the story, I would prefer it be resolve rather than peril. People don’t have to face a life-threatening situation or organizational insolvency in order to support fundamental change. I’ll say more about that in this post.
June 12, 2012
Peter Meyer is a writer and lecturer, but to me, Peter is primarily a thinker. He has the ability to ask penetrating, thought-provoking questions that draw out thinking. He also shares thoughts and perceptions that I always find compelling.
I recently spoke with Peter to get his thoughts about the idea of using attraction, instead of fear, to get the results we need with targets of change. In the interview, he outlines his seven-step process for using an attraction-based approach to executing a change initiative.
July 13, 2010
Today’s post is an audio of a conversation I had with Peter de Jager. Peter and I have both been in the change business for a very long time. We’ve crossed paths on occasion, but only recently opened a dialogue, and I have really enjoyed it. Peter is a prolific speaker (he has presented keynote addresses on change management in 37 countries) and has written hundreds of articles for publications as diverse as the Washington Post and Scientific America.
In the first segment, Peter describes what he means by “a rational assimilation of the future.” He also expounds on his opinion that resistance to change is a myth, his provocative way of presenting information, and why he hates