The Five Phases of Climate Change Readiness: How the Continuum of Change Turns a Debate into a Conversation

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Social media, newspapers, news feeds, television — anywhere you look, you’ll find something about climate change and the devastating effects it is having around the world. Close to home, shifting weather patterns — record-breaking floods in Ontario, tornadoes in the mid-western U.S., droughts and devastating wild fires along the west coast of the U.S. and Canada — have created a stark reality. And yet, the debate about whether global warming and climate change are real continues. For someone like me, who looks to science to guide my thinking, it’s hard to understand how there can be any debate.

Why CEO's optimism and enthusiasm for change can sabotage an organization’s success

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Every CEO I have met tells me they like change. They are enthusiastic and optimistic about the changes they have launched in their organization. Ironically, it can be this optimism and enthusiasm that increases the risk your change efforts will fail to achieve their desired result.

Help! I am communicating, but my employees aren’t listening: three ways to use email to help your employees buy-in to change.

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You've sent a dozen emails about the upcoming change, or at least it feels like a dozen, and your employees act like they don’t know anything about it. You told them, in the email, to contact you if they have questions or concerns and no one did. So, you assume everyone is fine with new chairs, or software, or moving buildings, or whatever your change is. Then you start to implement your change only to be hit with a huge backlash from your employees. You're met with, "Why is this happening?" "I didn't know about this!" "I don't care that I've had to keep a pot on my desk because the roof leaks, I'm not moving."

Reduce the Uncertainty of Change With This One Simple Step

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One of the shows I used to like on the food network was Restaurant Makeover. The premise of the show was simple. A restaurant owner puts up half of the money to makeover her restaurant. The show puts up the other half of the money. But there’s a catch. To get the show’s half of the money the owner must give full control to the designer and his crew.