Tag: change leadership

Gibbons pseudoscience and business

Is Change Management Science? Is Leadership? Should They Be?

I’m often asked whether change management is scientific, or whether it is pure craft?  One of my main worries is about pseudoscience in society, and the business world is rife with it.  Can much be done?  This is an excerpt from The Science of Organizational Change – the chapter references are from that book. (You […]

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leadership accountability

Accountability: The difference between management and leadership

Accountability and the inner work of leadership Leadership gurus are often asked about the difference between management and leadership, and how to make the transition. My two answers: accountability, and inner work. The perfect manager, but not yet a leader Charlotte is an experienced and highly trained senior manager. She knows good management starts with […]

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Cogntive Biases in the Boardroom: Implications for leadership and strategy

Slideshow: How do cognitive biases affect senior leadership decisions, and what can business strategists and board members do to circumvent the effect of non-rational decision making behavior.     Cognitive biases and leadership decision making from Paul Gibbons

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Why We Suck at Behavioral Change

Video: In this signature talk at Microsoft’s Distinguished Author Program, I cover why behaviors do not follow intentions, plans, and strategies.  What is wrong with the ways people change behaviors (in themselves, in business, and in society) that makes it so difficult?  After watching this, watch this for some strategies that work.

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Stop Treating Business Gurus as Prophets. Question Everything!

In no domain that I can think of, do writers get a “free pass”, that is that their words are taken as axiomatic (or gospel if you prefer).  Even the most famous scientists of the 20th century, Einstein, Turing, Watson (DNA), lived with a torrent of criticism and debate through their lives. Certainly our time […]

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change management

Time to Euthanize Change Management?

If we had leaders at every level… Imagine an organization filled with leaders at every level who excelled at aligning staff with change strategy. Key change programs become priorities for them, they work hard at understanding the big picture, handle conflict assertively, yet gracefully, motivate and align staff, communicate with affected stakeholders (say customers), skillfully […]

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