Change: Better to Drive it than Struggle to Survive it!

Former GE CEO Jack Welch once said, "If the pace of change outside your organization is greater than it is within, the end is in sight". Without question, global economic and technological change continues to impact everyone. Headlines of Greek national turmoil in the face of economic disaster are only one recent example of the struggle to adapt to change in our world. 
In the business arena, some organizations have struggled to survive (GM, Palm), while others thrive (Apple, Facebook). How are you and your organization doing? Working with various organizations we see the challenges that they experience, and that motivate them to call us. At the end of the day, we all (individually and corporately) need to be innovative. The challenge is that our human nature prefers the comfort zone. By the very nature of change velocity, what we did to succeed over the last 5 years will not guarantee us success in the future.

We need to be innovative and instigate change rather than just respond to it. If we are coaching others, we need to stimulate them to find different solutions. The easiest way to do this is by stimulating reflection with these simple questions, below. Ideally this could be done every 6 months on paper and then discussed, either in a meeting if it pertains to the department, or individually if you are coaching them specifically. 

Four Points of Reflection:

Based on recent changes and current data...

1) What are some things you think you have been doing well, in terms of achieving desired results?

2) What are you still spending time doing that perhaps is not as effective now, and would be better to stop doing or do less of (posteriorize)?
3) What do you think you need to start doing or do more of to help get superior results?

4) Based on the 80/20 rule, what one change is there that would have a major impact on your performance and achievement, that you will commit to doing regularly until it forms a habit?

Note: This may seem simple, but then the most powerful truths often are. These reflection and planning questions can be applied to a number of areas, be it work performance, personal health and fitness, or sales results. Before helping to stimulate change and innovation in others, pull out a piece of paper and answer the questions yourself - then take action!


Chuck Reynolds, Chief Performance Officer
Excel Group Development

Kudos to Excel Group client Suncor Energy 

Suncor Enery was recently named as a finalist in the prestigious ICF PRISM 2010 Award, celebrating Business Excellence through Coaching. They were nominated through Excel's Western Region Partner, Joy Humphrey, who has worked with Suncor for years in support of transforming their corporate culture through coaching. 
As of December 2009, almost 300 of Suncor's leaders from all levels (Vice Presidents to Team Leaders) have participated in Excel Group's RealTime Coaching™ process.

• Click here to read the details of Suncor's nomination story.

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People can't live with change if there's not a changeless core inside them. The key to the ability to change is a changeless sense of who you are, what you are about, and what you value.
-Stephen Covey


There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction.
Winston Churchill


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