If you’re involved in organizational change [who isn’t these days?] it’s tempting to rush into a huge change effort. But fast change, especially without involvement, is wrought with traps. Here are 6 Traps you absolutely have to avoid if you want your change initiative to succeed.  [I wrote a longer article about this for the Organizational Development Network that you can read here. I’ve changed some of my ideas since then.] Trap 1. The Trap of Planning  Only At HQ.  Get…

Hardly a week goes by that I don’t hear someone complain about their salary. It’s a big mistake.  Don’t complain about your salary.  Certainly not in public. Not to your boss either .  There’s a difference between asking for a raise and complaining. So when I hear people complain about money, I  understand they feel underpaid and want more money but I want to tell them stop their complaining. Here’s why. First, they’re talking to the wrong person. I’m not…

When I meet with so-called creativity consultants, I am amazed how many focus on solving problems.   Creativity is not about solving problems.  It’s about creating your dreams. It takes courage and determination to  create  and hold on to your dreams.  It’s  much easier to focus on goals or problems, and solving them.  But why settle? One university colleague continuously asked me for advice on how to handle the simplest of situations.  She is in her fifties, should not be…

One of the best things about working at Keio University was that the university created an environment where everyone could succeed. There was no one standing in your way. In fact, the university did everything they could to make you a success. That included contact with first rate international scholars, a group of intelligent colleagues, one of the best libraries in Asia,research money, book money, top-notch students. Not every star shined there, but becoming a star was in reach of…

Learning Techniques Won’t Help . You got to be “into it” first. If you’re not into it, not motivated, or sick of it, you can learn the best techniques in the world and you still won’t be any good at it. One doctor friend always asked everybody else about the techniques they used in talking with patients Sometimes he tries them out but they don’t work.  This doctor  misdiagnosed his own situation. The real problem was not technique. The real…