Change behaviours

What synchronised swimming can teach you about managing change

When it’s about the whole and not the parts… One of our favourite Olympic sports was the synchronised swimming events.  Teams take on an almost celestial embodiment as they perform elaborate, synchronised moves both in and out of the water, in perfect harmony. According to the book ‘How to Watch the Olympics’, synchronised swimming is …

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When your organisation is facing change, where do you focus your attention?

You focus on the area that needs changing, right?  Well if that was your answer, then you’re in agreement with most. The traditional change management approach usually focuses on what we call the ‘receivers of change’, that is, those people who experience the change – the impacted frontline sales, service or support staff. This traditional …

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Creative ideas event: Vivid Sydney

3 creative ideas to help get cut-through for your business

Musings from Vivid Sydney 2016 Year on year I find myself excitedly caught up in the wonderful vibe and energy of Vivid Sydney. I love experiencing our gorgeous city and community through the lens of light, sound and all things creative – it really captivates me.  So naturally I was thrilled and deeply grateful to …

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Never mind stars… what happens when thoughts collide?

Holding two conflicting thoughts or beliefs at the same time can create a powerful drive for change Cognitive Dissonance is the uncomfortable tension that comes from holding two conflicting thoughts or beliefs in your mind at the same time. The often given example is that people smoke even though they know it’s not good for them. The …

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Why can’t we embrace change even when its good for us?

There are documented cases of heart patients resisting change even when it’s those few little pills taken at precise dose and timing (with minimal side effects) that prevents certain pain, even death. So why refuse change in the face of such irrefutable, even life-saving logic? This is change immunity at its extreme but it’s not …

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