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Two Big Secrets to Stopping Unproductive Conflict Before it Starts

Our relationship with conflict is really messed up. We create unproductive conflict all the time – either actively or passively – that could be stopped before it even starts. It’s time to fix our perspectives about conflict. Conflict is a needed element in driving for and achieving the best possible outcomes between and among people. […]

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The “Other 499/500ths” of Human History

“Management” is an anachronistic vestige from the industrial age. We long for the “other” 499/500ths of human history… We don’t need – or even want – managers. Instead, we thirst for leadership! In this vein, an old saying comes to mind, “You lead people, you manage things…” The earliest reference I found to this quote […]

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We Got Buy-In, © 2016, R S Tipton, Incorporated

Buy-In Sucks. Here’s Why.

If “Buy-In” was a person, he or she would be a 98 pound weakling. (Apologies to all healthy, strong individuals who weigh 98 pounds [or so], it’s just an expression!) Additionally, “Buy-In” is virtually powerless to truly drive significant, transformational change. If this is true, why do so many managers think that “Buy-In” is all […]

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Creeping Meatballism (the path toward “Meh…”)

We’re not so much a product of our environment, as we’re a product of our expectations. And, if you’re settling for “less-than” with your expectations, you’re settling for meatballs (apologies to my vegan, vegetarian and Swedish friends – it’s just a metaphor! ). With a nod to a guy named Glen Metelmann—a friend, mentor, former […]

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3 Transformational Strategies to Improve Employee Engagement

“Low employee engagement is a competitive disadvantage.” Bold assertion or obvious statement? To me it’s as obvious as the proverbial noses on our faces — a disengaged workforce means more absenteeism, higher voluntary turnover, and overall lousy productivity. But, what are we doing about it? Usually the wrong things, I fear. by Robert S. Tipton […]

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3 TOUGHEST Barriers to Change

3 TOUGHEST Barriers to Change by Robert S. Tipton I run into a lot of different barriers to change, but there are three that have proved to be tougher to overcome than the rest: 1) Suffering in Advance; 2) The Myth of Consensus; and 3) All Things Pass. Yours Truly in the Edison One, a […]

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BONUS: Epic Change Failure Cause Number 11

11. Drop the Bomb and Wait for the Sheep BTW — didn’t this guy get the memo that there’s something HAZARDOUS here? Talk about a bad lie — and an epic failure just waiting to happen. (photo credit: unknown) I’ve recently posted my “hall of shame” related to The Top 10 Ways to Ensure Epic […]

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10 Ways to Ensure Epic Change Failures

by Robert S. Tipton Most approaches to managing, mandating, or dictating change just don’t work, and some create catastrophically bad outcomes. Recently I’ve analyzed the “Epic Change Failures” I’ve seen, and I’ve developed my “hall of shame” Top 10 list related to them as a result. (Note: Just ONE on my list of ten is […]

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Change Is A Team Sport!

by Robert S. Tipton (Plus the Other 13 “Golden Rules of Change”) Change should be spelled with three A’s. And, no — it’s not because the word should be pronounced slowly, like “Chhhhaaaaannngggeee…” because it’s often a long, slow process. No. Change should have three A’s because there are three major “A-related” components that need […]

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5 Tips to Create “Quiet” in the Midst of Chaos

Success Strategy #7 for Transformational Change Leaders by Robert S. Tipton There’s a quote I love from Mahatma Gandhi, “I have so much to accomplish today that I must meditate for two hours instead of one.” Now, I’m not sure whether this is “exactly” what he said, but it’s something like that. Nonetheless, it’s jarring, […]

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