Why People Just Don’t “Get It”

Why People Just Don’t “Get It”

“This is important,” I said. “But it’s not hard, and I only need you to do this for a minute.”

He looked at me from under his furrowed brow, not convinced. 

“Please. Everyone else is smiling for the picture, and we want you to smile too.”

Still no luck. Just a strange noise of stubborn disobedience, something akin to a growl mixed with a whimper. 

Such went my pathetic attempt at 

Read More

Want to Communicate Change? Do THIS.

 Want to Communicate Change? Do THIS.

“Undercommunicating the vision by a factor of ten” is one of the reasons why organizational transformation efforts fail according to John Kotter, a prolific writer on various facets of leadership and organizational change and professor emeritus at the Harvard Business School (Kotter, 1995: 63). 

And as we all know—and as Kotter acknowledged—“Communication comes in both words and deeds, and the latter are often the most powerful form” (Kotter, 1995: 64).

Namely, actions speak louder than words. 

So if you want to communicate change in your organization,

Read More

The Agile Startup Week 14: A Pivot, a Widget and a $5,000 Check

The Agile Startup Week 14: A Pivot, a Widget and a $5,000 Check

Sometimes the calendar looms larger than during other times. For example, if you had to stand up in front of a bunch of powerful people and justify how what you’ve been doing for the past 16 weeks is worthy of their attention and money, you’d be keenly aware of the date of that presentation. You’d be thinking about it considerably; it’d always be in the back of your mind.

So it is for GILD Collective, the crafting-industry startup that’s pioneering a better way for women to get together and create something beautiful in a fun, confidence-boosting experience.

The date they’re thinking about a lot these days is two weeks from tomorrow, 

Read More