The job is safe. It’s secure. I know it.  It pays well. That’s what I hear from people when they talk about staying at a job that no longer challenges them.  They offer these as reasons  for staying in a job they don’t like and not doing something else. They say they will make a change some day.  Some day?  Do they know how long they will live?  Do they know when they will die? Do they think they will…

It’s complacency, lack of courage, and fear that keep us stuck where we are Start taking small steps towards the life you want.  Talk to a friend in another department about a transfer.  Invite a new colleague to join you for lunch. Ask the waiter to take the burnt lamb chop back to the kitchen for the rare one as you requested. Small steps lead to larger steps.  Courage builds up over time, especially when your courage has positive results….

My client, Jake Kincaid, headed a pharmaceuticals firm in Japan when I worked as his consultant on workplace issues. He wanted to implement cost-cutting measures, and he told me he couldn’t understand the Japanese people who worked for him. The company’s employees were resisting change, he said. He couldn’t get them to fully implement cost-cutting measures. How come? Jake had overheard a group of employees complaining about his full time driver and limousine—one of the perks of his job. The…

You’ve seen hundreds of presentations. Me too. I’ve seen good ones, great ones and a lot of bad ones. I wish it were different. There are times when I sit  in the audience, and think, “didn’t this person have any training or any practice before this presentation?” Maybe the answer is yes, but sometimes it’s hard to tell. We’d all like to see and give  better presentations.   If you want to get better, make a list of what works and…

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…