door with title Complaints Dept.

When your employees voice a problem, split off the complainer from the complaint to get at the real issue (For my previous thoughts on workplace problems and a drama-free workplace, see People are the Problem and Solve it with Structure.) We live in an age of outrage. Whatever it is—jobs, schools, restaurants, auto repair, retail…

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lady in front of a chalkboard with lines drawn in every which direction - resembles how she cant make up her mind and make a decision

Are big decisions keeping you up at night? Is fretting over the benefits and risks ahead of you taking up your time for work and rest? Are you losing sleep trying to decide which path will bring you to success and which one will lead to ruin? Stop it. “I want to stop it,” you…

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Layers that Build Success Now, let’s take a look now at how the ACMP Standard actually fits into the layers. As I mentioned, the ACMP Standard has a layered structure. Starting at the highest conceptual level, it details the change process all the way down to day-to day tactical steps for implementation—which all map out…

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Layers of Change Lately, in the change management initiatives I’ve worked on, I’ve noticed more and more leaders who feel anguished and anxious because they believe they should be at a certain point in the change process—a point they still haven’t reached yet. So I’ve found myself more and more having to explain that the…

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First off, let’s get one idea clear: Your organization needs documentation – even if you’re using Agile Methodology for your development. It’s a fallacy that using Agile means you don’t write documentation. Agile seeks to minimize waste, yes. But it’s misguided to eliminate documentation altogether. Rather, you should be creating records of what you’ve done—decisions…

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Drama-Free Workplace: Part 2

Livin’ the Dream: A Drama-Free Workplace Part 2: But I Have Good News—Structure Can Fix Your Drama (People) Problem In Part 1, I discussed how drama and conflict in the workplace are usually caused by personality clashes. We talked about identifying personalities and motivations, and how understanding them can help you target the actual issues…

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Livin’ the Dream: A Drama-Free Workplace Part 1: I Hate to Tell You, But It’s Your People Do you dream of a drama-free workplace? One without personality conflicts? Or emotional turmoil? Experience has convinced me that all workplace issues are usually people issues. And it doesn’t matter what industry or what problem—if you’re experiencing a…

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You have diligently planned your project, you’ve thought about your internal marketing strategy and developed a communications plan, you’ve established your KPI’s of success, now what? If you are like most organizations you Go-Live! You already determined in your plan you are going to do a survey or you have a set date and time…

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I’ve been called smart. Many times, recently. And the truth of the matter is, I don’t think I’m that smart. The thing that I do that’s different than a lot of other people, or what I perceive as why people think of me as smart, is that I tend to look at things from different…

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