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Recognising The Demands of the Change Process

By |2019-03-21T22:05:11+11:00March 21st, 2019|Categories: Change Fitness, Leadership, Managing Change|

This article examines why people find change difficult and how managers and leaders can help employees find success.

We all know change is, at times, demanding. It takes us outside our comfort zone and challenge us at every level.

In a 2017 article in the British Journal of Management*, Rafferty and Jimmieson explore three demands that cause people to struggle. Let’s look at them.

Disturbance

The authors write, “any modification to habitual patterns is disturbing, as functioning in repetitive ways helps individuals to […]

Change Fitness and Change Readiness – How are they similar and different?

By |2019-03-02T09:56:39+11:00February 21st, 2019|Categories: Change Fitness, Change Readiness, Managing Change|

How are change readiness and change fitness similar, and how are they different?

They are similar in that they both relate to the change process. One is about being fit for the change process and the other is about being ready for it.

The Marathon

For example, think of a significant change as though it were a marathon that must be run – it is long, demanding, and difficult. If you’re not fit […]

Is Change Readiness about Getting Ready to Begin?

By |2019-03-02T09:57:13+11:00February 14th, 2019|Categories: Change Readiness, Managing Change|

Getting ready to begin a change is certainly important. Many people think change readiness is mainly about getting ready to begin – organising things in preparation and ticking off the checklist. Sure, this is important, but it is a long way from what change readiness means.

To be ready for change is not to be ready only for the beginning of the change process, but to be ready for all the change process. It is readiness to complete the […]

HOW DO YOU ASSESS CHANGE READINESS?

By |2019-03-02T09:57:46+11:00February 13th, 2019|Categories: Change Readiness, Managing Change|

This article will help you understand how to assess change readiness in an organisation. This is important information if you manage organisational change.

Change readiness has been on my horizon for almost 20 years. It was the topic of my PhD research and for the past decade it has been the focus of my business. Therefore, in this article I want to help you understand what change readiness is and how to assess it.

Organisational Change Readiness

In reading this […]

THE 3 ‘A’S OF ORGANISATIONAL CHANGE

By |2019-02-27T13:39:34+11:00February 11th, 2019|Categories: Change Fitness, Change Readiness, Leadership, Managing Change|

We need to start thinking more systemically about organisational change. I mean, we need to move beyond the first A (acceptance) and start thinking about the other two (acceptance and adaptability).

Approach

Lewin, Hiatt, Kotter and others have helped us think in terms of the first ‘A’ – how managers should approach organisational change. And it’s true – the way managers and leaders approach change makes a difference to how things turn out. They need to clearly understand […]

THE HOW AND WHAT OF CHANGE FITNESS COACHING

By |2019-02-27T13:40:32+11:00January 12th, 2019|Categories: Change Fitness, Coaching|

To a greater or lesser extent, many coaches do their work in the applied psychology space. In other words, they are interested in what goes on in the mind of their clients. So, it is important for coaches to help their clients develop a mindset that enables them to achieve what they value.

When we examine what coaches do, we notice two important issues. The first is HOW THEY WORK with clients, and the second is WHAT THEY WORK ON.

How […]

HOW CHANGE FITNESS COACHING WILL HELP YOU

By |2019-02-27T13:41:14+11:00January 9th, 2019|Categories: Change Fitness, Coaching, Programs, The Change Gym|

This article will help you understand the value of working with a change fitness coach.

HIGH VALUE OUTCOMES

Success.

Have you ever watched a master at work? A master makes it look easy. However, becoming a master is anything but easy. It takes dedication, commitment, and years of practice. Becoming successful is not easy.

Becoming successful involves change. The master wasn’t always the master.

Success doesn’t make people successful. Success is what happens when we grow and learn and make the most of […]

What’s So Special About Change Fitness Coaching?

By |2019-02-27T13:42:38+11:00January 8th, 2019|Categories: Change Fitness, Coaching|


What’s So Special About Change Fitness Coaching?

What’s so special about change fitness coaching and why could it interest you?

Coaching is an exciting industry and there is scope to specialise and find your niche. But whatever your niche may be, all coaches have something in common: they want their clients to make positive change in their lives.  It is therefore important to have a clear understanding of how people succeed at change.

Different ‘Types’ of Clients

You don’t need to […]

What’s the Problem with Organisational Change?

By |2019-03-21T11:54:02+11:00December 11th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

What’s the Problem with Organisational Change?

If you lived one hundred years ago and you asked, “What’s the problem with organisational change?”, a good answer would have been, “We have no scientific understanding of what to do.”

Since those days, countless books, articles, courses, programs, and experts have come along telling essentially the same message – research tells us there is a right way to manage change in organisations. We have had this knowledge since the 1930’s and […]

How to Manage Client Accountability in Coaching

By |2019-02-23T14:43:53+11:00October 29th, 2018|Categories: Coaching|


Accountability

We are all accountable for what we say and do because we are part of a system. Our behaviours affect others, and their behaviours affect us. This accountability takes many structures – such as accredited training, reflective practice, and on-going professional development. These structures are not hoops to jump over so you can call yourself a real coach. They are part of an accountability framework by which you prove you know what you’re doing and “the coaching profession” […]