How to Make Powerful and Positive Changes in Your Organization

Date: Wednesday, September 7th
Time: 12:00 PM ET
Speaker: Steven D. Goldstein

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Dysfunction within large organizations is so prevalent that most people either accept it as an inevitable fact of corporate life or assume someone else will deal with it. But must it be this way? Steven D. Goldstein answers this question with a resounding, “No!”

In this Soundview Live webinar, How to Make Powerful and Positive Changes in Your Organization, Steven Goldstein explains the nature of dysfunction present in most companies and other organizations, why it occurs, and most importantly, what leaders, at all levels, can do to tackle these issues and improve performance.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Proven techniques for solving problems and improving performance
  • How to understand and utilize the Five Principles of Engagement
  • How top leaders can improve the way they interact with their teams, employees, and customers

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

 As we begin the new year, we introduce our All Time Best Seller series and look back at some of the classics… 

The world has changed dramatically since The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was first published in 1989.

Life is more complex, more stressful, more demanding. We have transitioned from the Industrial Age to the Information/Knowledge Worker Age –– with profound consequences. We face challenges and problems in our personal lives, our families and our organizations unimagined even one or two decades ago. These sweeping changes in society and rumbling shifts in the digitized global marketplace give rise to a very important question: “Are the 7 Habits still relevant today?” And, for that matter, “Will they be relevant 10, 20, 50, 100 years from now?” Stephen R. Covey’s answer: The greater the change and more difficult our challenges, the more relevant the habits become. How you apply a principle will vary greatly and will be determined by your unique strengths, talents and creativity, but ultimately, success in any endeavor is always derived from acting in harmony with the principles to which the success is tied.

Through insight and practical exercises, Covey presents a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, service and human dignity — principles that give you the security to adapt to change, and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.

 

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Book Review: Choosing Change

by Walter McFarland and Susan Goldsworthy

by Walter McFarland and Susan Goldsworthy

Change is a business topic that generates both fear and excitement among readers. Executives are being constantly reminded that the pace of change is ever increasing. The business impact of not being able to stay ahead of change is sometimes described as catastrophic. What’s missing from many books on change is a by-the-numbers approach to making change a repeatable process. In Choosing Change: How Leaders and Organizations Drive Results One Person at a Time, Walter McFarland and Susan Goldsworthy provide a model that helps leaders focus on the personal and organizational dimensions of change. This book is now available as a Soundview Executive Book Summary.

The authors created a framework called the Five Ds to provide an overarching set of guidelines to create change. Readers are given detailed steps to become a change-focused leader through the lenses of disruption, desire, discipline, determination and development. Once a leader understands the principles that create change in an individual, the focus turns to the organization. This section will prove helpful to any leader who, while personally full of fire to lead a change effort, encounters a tepid or resistant response from employees.

Choosing Change delivers its principles in a tight, research-dense package. McFarland and Goldsworthy are timely in their combination of findings from neuroscience and psychology. They use a level of restraint that prevents their book from falling into the “deep dive” trend that can derail books that lean heavily on the science side of management science. It is one of the most balanced, impactful books on change that executives can read today.

Book Review: Changeology

by John C. Norcross, Ph.D.

by John C. Norcross, Ph.D.

An inability (or unwillingness) to change can present a formidable barrier to personal and career success. A more heartbreaking scenario is an individual who makes repeated attempts to change only to fall prey to the same stumbling blocks each time. John C. Norcross, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Scranton, has spent more than three decades researching and working with people to overcome behavioral challenges. His new book Changeology: Five Steps to Realizing Your Goals and Resolutions makes a bold claim by stating, “Unlike 95 percent of self-help books, the Changeology plan has a documented track record of success.” Leaders have an opportunity to put Norcross’ work to the test. Changeology is now available for download as a Soundview Executive Book Summary.

While the summary can be read in about an hour, executives will need to commit a minimum of 90 days to help a behavior change take root. Norcross describes research that demonstrated 75 percent of people stick with a change behavior for one week only to fall back into their old patterns. For those that work on a new behavior for 90 days, “the probability of relapse after that is modest,” Norcross writes.

Changeology provides readers with five steps to execute a change. The steps (Psych, Prep, Perspire, Persevere and Persist) are described in detail and matched to particular segments of the 90-day timeframe. For each step, Norcross provides exercises or instructions that give the Changeology method more structure than other personal change books that give a loose framework and rely on the reader to fill in the gaps.

One of the strongest sections of Changeology is Norcross’ deconstruction of five “self-defeating” myths about change. By attacking frequently named barriers, such as reliance on willpower and genetic inability to overcome certain behavior issues, Norcross gives readers a head-start on the mental journey to successful change.

Three New Summaries to Advance Your Career

The desire for continuous self-improvement is part of every executive’s professional DNA. The amount of time you spend shaping and improving your organization should never completely eclipse your efforts to improve yourself. Soundview is now featuring three new Soundview Executive Book Summaries that will help you improve three critical parts of your development: communication, change and boundary breakthroughs.

by Shari Harley

by Shari Harley

How to Say Anything to Anyone by Shari Harley: In How to Say Anything to Anyone, you’ll learn how to ask for what you want at work, improve all types of working relationships, reduce the gossip and drama in your office, tell people when you’re frustrated in a way that resonates, take action on your ideas and feelings, and get honest feedback on your performance. Author Shari Harley shares real-life stories of people who have struggled to get what they want at work. With her clear and specific roadmap in hand, Harley enables you to create the career and business relationships you really want.

 

by John C. Norcross, Ph.D.

by John C. Norcross, Ph.D.

Changeology by John C. Norcross, Ph.D.: Change is hard. But not if you know the 5-step formula that works whether you’re trying to stop smoking or start recycling. Dr. John C. Norcross, an internationally recognized expert, has studied how people make transformative, permanent changes in their lives. Now his cutting-edge, scientific approach to personal improvement is being made available in this indispensable guide. Unlike 95 percent of self-help books, the Changeology plan has a documented track record of success. In his book, Dr. Norcross gives you the tools you need to change what you want within a mere 90 days.

 

by Chris Ernst and Donna Chrobot-Mason

by Chris Ernst and Donna Chrobot-Mason

Boundary Spanning Leadership by Chris Ernst and Donna Chrobot-Mason. We live in a world of vast collaborative potential. Yet all too often, powerful boundaries create barriers that can splinter groups. And this can lead to uninspiring results. To transform borders into frontiers in today’s global, multi-stakeholder organizations, you need Boundary Spanning Leadership. Powered by a decade of global research and practice by the top-ranked Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), this book takes you from rural towns in the United States to Hong Kong’s skyline and from a modernizing South Africa to the bustling streets of India, showing you how to build bridges across boundaries.

All three summaries are now available for download in multiple digital formats.

The Countdown to Culture Change is On!

We’re getting a good deal of anticipatory buzz about the upcoming Soundview Live event with Roger Connors, author and co-founder of Partners in Leadership, Inc. Soundview Executive Book Summaries will produce an exclusive Webinar titled “Creating a Culture of Change.” The event takes place on Thursday, January 20, 2011 at Noon (Eastern). Connors will help your organization prepare for current and future change initiatives and foster a culture where accountability is embraced rather than enforced.

The Webinar coincides with the recent launch of Connors new book, co-authored with long-time collaborator Tom Smith, Change the Culture, Change the Game: The Breakthrough Strategy for Energizing Your Organization and Creating Accountability for Results. The early press indicates that this book could do a great deal to create a shift in the way organization’s approach change management. Connors and Smith are no strangers to the best-seller lists, nor is Change the Culture, Change the Game their first paradigm-busting work.

Soundview subscribers have been enjoying the works of Connors and Smith for several years now. In fact, Soundview has several of the authors’ works available at Summary.com, including the classic pair of The Oz Principle and Journey to the Emerald City, as well as How Did That Happen? Holding People Accountable for Results the Positive Principled Way. The latter book generated one of the more memorable Soundview Live Webinars. There was an overwhelming response from the audience and Connors took the time to answer questions about some difficult situations. The audience greatly benefited from his knowledge, and thanks to Soundview’s Webinar Archive, you can still download the Webinar.

It might be good to listen to the last Webinar with Connors as a primer for the upcoming Soundview Live Event. So many companies are involved in change initiatives right now, and change requires a level of honesty and accountability that isn’t easy to create. Join Soundview for Soundview Live featuring Roger Connors and learn how you can change your culture and bring out the best in your business. Sign up today, and don’t forget, current subscribers can attend for FREE!