University Presidents Speak: Greatest Challenges Facing Higher Education

  It’s no secret that higher education is facing a sort of crisis. As public aid is slashed and students are faced with mounting debts, many are questioning the value of four-year colleges and universities. Can they remain relevant, accessible, and successful in their mission of preparing students for the rigors facing them as they […]

How Universities Find the Right Job Candidates

To enjoy continued success in the world of higher education, you’ve got to find the right staff and faculty members to join your team. Each new hire takes a significant amount of time and effort, and high turnover rates can squander it all. The Change Leader is here to help. Use the tips below to […]

The Key to Employee Retention: Start Early and Be Proactive

Hiring a talented and dedicated staff is essential to running a successful organization. What many institutions fail to do is retain good staff, and one reason for that is that they fail to invest in retention efforts. The best way to retain staff—from the up-and-coming hot shots to the solid employees who hold the organization […]

Is Your Leadership Style Effective?

Today’s education leaders face new pressures from within their own institutions and in their respective sectors. High turnover rates, constant funding cuts, decreased enrollments, increased discounting, and increasing government regulation have necessitated immediate and sustainable change, changes that are possible only when leaders gain the support of stakeholders by embodying their organization’s values and demonstrate […]

Why Recognizing Strengths is the Key to Company Growth

When it comes down to it, growth is the ultimate concern of every organization leader. How far should we expand our operations? What kind of expansion can we afford? How much will we grow in the coming quarter? In the coming year? And how much could we have grown? Of all the questions above, the […]

Thoughtful Organizational Change

Every organization continually strives to do better, respond faster, and drive profits higher – and that means change is a constant. But sometimes it takes holistic, organization-wide change to bring about real results. Demanding too much of individual staff members or departments is a recipe for an overworked and overwhelmed staff. Employees who are forced […]

The Difference Between Strategic Management and Strategic Planning

Both strategic management and strategic planning are keys to business success in any industry, but few know the difference between the two. According to a 2009 Harvard Business Review article “Four Fatal Flaws of Strategic Planning,” 88 percent of companies engage in strategic planning, yet few adequately manage their strategies, and even fewer see their […]

How Mindfulness and Self-Control Affect Work Performance

Everyone has bad days. It’s a fact of life. There will be days when you’re under the weather, exhausted from a late night, or feeling unmotivated. Though most of us simply try and power through, a lack of mental energy decreases our ability to self-regulate our emotions, increasing the likelihood of breaking rules, taking shortcuts, […]

Navy Seals’ Hell Week Reveals Fundamentals of Leadership

No, you don’t have to crawl under live machine-gun fire or lay prone for hours in the freezing surf to learn the value of leadership, but there’re lots that we in academe can learn about leadership from the Navy Seals’ Hell Week. The climactic final week of the prestigious fighting unit’s boot camp, Hell Week […]

Part III: Create the Vision and Strategy

The last two segments of our eight-part series Leading Organizational Change discussed creating a sense of urgency and finding leaders to help you implement organizational change. Today we’re going to talk about creating the vision for your change and how to create a strategy to make it happen. Develop a Vision Now that you have […]

The Benefits of Consultants

Internal Problem, External Solution Companies often expect that they can solve their problems internally, and that bringing in consultants is the last resort. But it doesn’t (and shouldn’t) be that way. The most effective leaders don’t exhaust themselves by taking charge of every job in the office. Rather, they recognize where their company has blind […]

Maintaining Team Integrity and Innovation

While some describe change as the only constant in the world, it’s often misunderstood from the business perspective. Maintaining an organization’s (or a team’s) buy-in, work ethic, and faith during times of change can be challenging for any leader—regardless of whether you work in the nonprofit sector or the corporate world. Many organizations struggle to […]

Creating a Sense of Urgency

Part II: Find Leaders to Drive Company Change

Our previous installment of the eight-part series Leading Organizational Change discussed how to create a sense of urgency in your staff and bring all levels and departments into the fold. The next step: find leaders to help you make long-term, transformative changes. Identifying Your Change Leaders Every company, corporation, and non-profit has the power to […]

Creating a Sense of Urgency

Part I: Creating a Sense of Urgency and Enthusiasm

When changes need to be made company-wide, it takes far more than a few emails to upper-management. That’s why we’re beginning an eight-part series called Leading Organizational Change. Whereas some of the model is based on John Kotter’s 8-step model that he he set forth in 1996 in his classic book, Leading Change, this series […]

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Striking a Balance: a Fun and Productive Professional Environment

Technology has changed world culture in ways nobody could have predicted. The Millennial generation is entering the workforce, a generation of idealistic, confident, demanding, and, above all, individualistic employees. They’re demanding new kinds of leaders, and CEOs of both profitable and struggling companies and corporations are recognizing the need to shake things up. A stunning […]

How a Culture of Learning Helps You Compete

How do startups compete with big corporations? They usually can’t match the salaries offered to promising applicants. They can’t offer the same benefits. Their offices don’t have pool tables and ping pong tables and bean bags laying around. Yet every year, small firms manage to survive despite powerful competition. Some even end up getting multi-million […]

Strategies to Break (and Prevent) Office Negativity

87% of companies report that employee engagement and office culture are their number one challenges. The difference between profitability and bankruptcy could have very little to do with the market or the economy as a whole, but more than likely, it has to do with the internal dynamics of your office. This is good news, […]

Building Cultures

Building Cultures that Care and Lead to an Engaged Workforce

What Employers Need to Know We currently have four (or maybe five) generations in the workforce, and according to some sources, millennials already surpass the baby boomers in numbers. Whereas Millennials, those Generation-Y whiz kids born roughly between 1980 and the early 2000s, have some strong similarities to the Baby Boomers and Generation-X employees on […]

Management Tips

Say Yes to Employee Engagement With These Management Tips

While they report feeling more involved than their global counterparts, less than one-third of American professionals describe themselves as actively engaged by their work, according to a 2014 Gallup survey. How can companies encourage their employees to become more fully engaged in the workplace? Managers may hold the key. As the gatekeepers of corporate culture, […]

Why Look at Organizations from a Systems Perspective?

If you are suffering from insomnia some night, watch Mindwalk. This 1990 film, with Sam Waterston, will either cure you of sleeplessness or it will give you a nice look into systems perspective. One of my favorite lines is, “At the subatomic level, there is a continual exchange of matter and energy between my hand […]

6 Key Questions to Solve the Toughest Organizational Challenges

When working with an organization, whether helping them thrive in a period of transition, increase effectiveness and engagement, or undergo an organizational evolution, my focus is often first on helping leadership embrace a systems thinking perspective as opposed to a more traditional analytical way of thinking. In order to approach a challenge from a systems […]

4 Steps in Solving Organizational System Problems

There’s a reason we say, “It’s only the tip of the iceberg.” Only about one-ninth of an iceberg is visible above water, but it’s not the visible portion you have to worry about. It’s the other eight-ninths that are lurking below. Corporations are like that, and the symptoms you see are often only the tip […]

Evolution vs. Revolution: Do You Know the Difference?

Change is everywhere. And whether you’re talking about your hometown or your day-to-day activities, adjustment and fine tuning is inevitable. Within the context of the organization, the challenge is learning to handle change effectively – to manage change with evolution as an end goal. From this perspective, there are basically two ways to understand change: […]

The Pros & Cons of Organizational Transparency

Organizational transparency is here to stay. In fact, some may argue it’s the new competitive advantage. With the digital age in full bloom, it’s never been easier or more convenient for institutions to open doors to how they think and behave. The expectation for increased transparency is simply a consequence of employees and stakeholders demanding […]