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3101, 2023

The Ocean

By |January 31st, 2023|Categories: Change Readiness|0 Comments

In last week’s post, I wrote that change readiness is primarily about the capacity to succeed in the change process. Today, I want to take this idea deeper.I want you to think about the ocean. [...]

3101, 2023


By |January 31st, 2023|Categories: Change Readiness|0 Comments

What ideas come to mind when you think of the term ‘change readiness’? I don’t know what the term means to you but let me suggest some ideas of what it means for some. [...]

1007, 2022

Positioned to Learn

By |July 10th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

We often think of change – especially organisational change – as something to be implemented and managed. Change is what happens in the organisational machinery, and in the context within which the organisation operates.Viewed this [...]

304, 2022


By |April 3rd, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Failure. It’s not a four-letter word but it’s still a dirty word in many places.From this starting point, we could explore attitudes towards failure and the importance of psychological safety as a key cultural element.But [...]

1301, 2022

On the Kubler-Ross Model

By |January 13th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

On the Kubler-Ross ModelI have written elsewhere about the Kubler-Ross Model (KRM).I have nothing against the model, but I do have a problem with it when it’s used as a model of change. Unfortunately, it [...]

3012, 2021

Competitive Advantage

By |December 30th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Whether a business survives and thrives depends on how creatively it adapts to future demands, not how well it has performed in the past. Adapting to an unknown and unpredictable future requires agility. Becoming more agile in how [...]

1111, 2021

Agile People Agile Business

By |November 11th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|Comments Off on Agile People Agile Business

Agile People Agile Business A Matter of Survival Our survival will come down to how agile our minds are. Humanity has many problems to solve - climate change, social inequality, the threat of war, [...]

3010, 2021

Cultural Knowledge

By |October 30th, 2021|Categories: Culture|0 Comments

For most of human existence, change happened slowly. For generations people hunted and foraged, or later farmed the land or kept animals. Not much changed. But that’s far from our experience today. We count [...]

2209, 2021

Getting to Know Agility

By |September 22nd, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Getting to Know Agility What do we know about the strategic creation of agile organisations?In 2014, Schulling reported on a 25 year-long study into this question. Here are 6 insights from that study.Develop an inquiry [...]

2109, 2021

Why Agility Is Important

By |September 21st, 2021|Categories: Leadership|0 Comments

Why Agility Is Important We all know that business in the 21st century is different from what it was in the 20th century. In the 20th century, competitive advantage was based on economies of scale, [...]

2006, 2021

KPIs and Change Fitness

By |June 20th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The true value of change fitness becomes apparent when you think of improvements in KPIs. Performance improvements can come from efficiency gains, or they can come from capacity gains. Building change fitness increases performance capacity. [...]

1805, 2021

The Change Fitness Story

By |May 18th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The change fitness story Everything has a story. Here’s a quick peek at the change fitness story.About 20 years ago, one of The Change Gym’s founders, Dr Steve Barlow, worked in the NSW prison system [...]

2002, 2021

Boost Your Performance

By |February 20th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

How do you boost performance in your organisation? Do you use incentives to inspire people to perform better? Or perhaps you rely on performance reviews to provide feedback, maintain accountability, and set new targets.Sure, all [...]

2801, 2021

Create Star Performers

By |January 28th, 2021|Categories: General|0 Comments

It’s often said that people are your greatest asset. But not all people equally. For instance, Google found that 90% of their teams' performance was produced by just 10% of their people. And we're [...]

2011, 2020

What we do

By |November 20th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

What we do We help leaders deliver organisational change projects that are more successful, easier to achieve, with less risk, and at less cost.We do this by helping them build the change readiness of their [...]

2011, 2020

How We Work

By |November 20th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

How we work Our initial meeting will be an introduction to build a general understanding of your needs and how we might be able to help you. This meeting is free of change.People are often [...]

1905, 2020

Succeed at Every Step

By |May 19th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

MANAGING CHANGE PAID SERIES In this short video we ask what is meant by the change process and what is required for success. Succeed at Every Step

2001, 2020

You Are the Magic

By |January 20th, 2020|Categories: Change Fitness|0 Comments

You Are the Magic Have you ever felt like you’re not very important? I think most of us feel like that from time to time. I know I have – many times.It’s easy to feel [...]

2711, 2019

About The Change Gym

By |November 27th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

We are a team of change specialists helping organisations and individuals build more capacity to succeed at the change process. For your organisation to become more agile and successful at change, you should develop your [...]

911, 2019

Live Training

By |November 9th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

LIVE TRAINING RESISTANCE TO READINESS This live 1-day training is delivered online or onsite. Discover why resistance to change occurs and how you can turn resistance into readiness. Build engagement and succeed at change. LEARN [...]

511, 2019

Have You Gone Viral Yet?

By |November 5th, 2019|Categories: General|0 Comments

I remember the first time I heard the concept of going viral. An associate told me that you create a piece of content, put it on a social media platform, and wait for it to [...]

211, 2019

You Need a Strategy

By |November 2nd, 2019|Categories: General|0 Comments

Swiss adventurer, psychiatrist, and author, Bertrand Piccard, makes a very interesting observation about how most people approach life. He says, “To construct our life, we’re going to need to learn some strategies, but in reality, [...]

2808, 2019

A Difficult Change

By |August 28th, 2019|Categories: Change Fitness|0 Comments

I want to tell you about one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life.I created a website. That might not sound like much but hang in there – there’s an important message [...]

2110, 2018

Linda’s Story

By |October 21st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Linda came to me after a successful career in the corporate world. She was facing a period of change in her life and she was a little nervous about it. She needed some [...]

1009, 2018

Is Coaching a Form of Education?

By |September 10th, 2018|Categories: Coaching|0 Comments

The backlash A few months ago, while talking with an experienced coach, I made the comment that coaching is a form of education. That statement encountered an immediate backlash. According to this person, [...]

3008, 2018

The Change Quadrant™

By |August 30th, 2018|Categories: Change Fitness, Coaching|0 Comments

The idea of change fitness didn’t just come out of nowhere. It has been shaped by the ideas of great thought leaders, including Lewin, Sternberg, McAdams, Maruna, Koltko-Rivera, Prochaska & DiClemente, Seligman, Gergan, [...]

2808, 2018

Why Coaching Fails

By |August 28th, 2018|Categories: Coaching|2 Comments

I have been coaching for over 16 years and I wish I could say that all my clients made fantastic progress. Some did, but others were disappointed with the coaching outcomes and some [...]

2708, 2018

Should I Become a Coach?

By |August 27th, 2018|Categories: Coaching|4 Comments

Coaching as a Career Choice As the title suggests, this article is written for people who are considering moving into coaching as a career. Many others have already made that transition – some [...]

2508, 2018

On ICF Accreditation

By |August 25th, 2018|Categories: Coaching|0 Comments

What are accredited programs? Our flagship program, the Personal Change Fitness Program (PCFP), is accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF). That may mean something to some of our readers, but in this [...]

2308, 2018

Beyond the Me Project

By |August 23rd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The mystery of things I recently purchased a book about famed Australian artist, Margaret Olley. In that book I read these words, penned by Lou Klepac; “if we stopped judging objects by their [...]

2008, 2018

Change Readiness Assessment

By |August 20th, 2018|Categories: Change Readiness|0 Comments

What Does Our Change Readiness Assessment Check? The Change Gym provides comprehensive change readiness assessments for organisational change. We check 3 key areas of an organisation's change readiness. These are the: Stakeholder engagement [...]

2008, 2018

What’s Next?

By |August 20th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

We need to be willing to change. Change is the essence of life. Those words aren’t mine: they come from American psychiatrist Dr. Gordon Livingston. After listening to people telling him their woes, [...]

1107, 2018

Change Readiness Training

By |July 11th, 2018|Categories: Change Readiness|0 Comments

The Change Gym provides change readiness training and coaching for organisational leaders wanting to better understand this important issue. There is a large body of literature on the nature of the change process [...]

3006, 2018

What Makes Coaching Work?

By |June 30th, 2018|Categories: Coaching|0 Comments

In this article, I want to examine what makes coaching work. A friend of mine recently went to a business networking meeting. The speaker was a business coach. After the presentation, three separate [...]

2206, 2018

Bob’s Story

By |June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Coaching|0 Comments

Meeting Bob When I first met Bob he seemed like a savvy business consultant with all the right answers. He was a guy in his early 4os, well-presented, well-spoken, and he appeared confident. [...]

2206, 2018

Brian’s Story

By |June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Coaching|0 Comments

I first met Brian through LinkedIn. He lives in Australia, loves learning, and is a medical professional. He was interested in change fitness because he encounters many clients who say they want [...]

2206, 2018

Julie’s Story

By |June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Coaching|0 Comments

Julie is a self-employed coach living in Australia. She comes from a professional background, and, although she considers herself a capable and skilled coach, she found it difficult to know how to [...]

3103, 2018

About Change Fitness Coaching

By |March 31st, 2018|Categories: Coaching|0 Comments

Written by Dr Steve Barlow You might be wondering what's different about change fitness coaching. Is it what you're already doing, or is it something different? Let's explore this idea. Tradition Innovation is [...]

1306, 2016

Letter to Coaches

By |June 13th, 2016|Categories: Coaching|0 Comments

“We don’t see things as they are: we see them as we are.” Anais Nin. Our perspectives dominate us. Social learning theorists claim that much of what we know we learn from the [...]

312, 2015

Patterns in Behaviour

By |December 3rd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The world is full of patterns. Sometimes they are irregular, like the edges of coastlines. They can mirror Mr Miyagi's famous saying, "same, but different" - like snowflakes are the same, but each [...]

312, 2015

Why Is Change Hard?

By |December 3rd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Every year organisations large and small spend lots of time and money dealing with change.  Not because they particularly want to, but because they have to to stay ahead of the game and [...]

2511, 2015

Recruitment Intel

By |November 25th, 2015|Categories: Recruitment|0 Comments

This article examines the importance of assessing change fitness as part of the recruitment process. Are you a recruitment professional? If so, I'm sure you pride yourself in selecting the very best talent [...]

2511, 2015

Training for Change

By |November 25th, 2015|Categories: Programs|0 Comments

I recently participated in a LinkedIn discussion on the topic of whether soft skills training has any lasting effect. Other contributors made some very interesting and valuable points. Some commented that the positive [...]

2511, 2015

Why Strategy Matters

By |November 25th, 2015|Categories: Managing Change|0 Comments

Change management strategies stand at the pivotal point between successful change and failure. Let’s look at this more closely by considering a few things about pivotal points. A see-saw has a pivotal point [...]

2411, 2015

Change Fitness Put Simply

By |November 24th, 2015|Categories: Change Fitness|0 Comments

Personal change fitness is a person’s ability to be the primary agent of change in their own life.  This means within them they have the psychological resources and capacities needed to successfully navigate [...]

2411, 2015

Was Frank Wrong?

By |November 24th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The year was 1969.  The singer was Frank Sinatra. The song epitomised Sinatra’s spirit – I Did It My Way. There are millions of people who want to do it their way. And [...]

2411, 2015

Just Do It Now

By |November 24th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

I am a little impulsive at times and that has sometimes led me into trouble. But whilst impulsivity has its risks, so does procrastination. Ever since I was young I have recognised the [...]

2411, 2015

Potent For Change

By |November 24th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The root of the word potential is the word potent, meaning power.  Our potential is our intrinsic power to make certain things happen. Our potential for success is a measure of our power [...]

1611, 2015

The Power of Optimism

By |November 16th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

People change because they are optimistic about the future: their future. They see things they can look forward to, things they want to be part of, things they want to share.  This optimism [...]

1611, 2015

Why Change?

By |November 16th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

There are over 7 billion people on the planet and every one of them changes. Not once, but hundreds or thousands of times. Each person has their own reasons, so the reasons for [...]

1611, 2015

Change Fitness

By |November 16th, 2015|Categories: Change Fitness|0 Comments

‘Change fitness’ is a term we have coined to describe the psychological capacities that enable people to be successful at change. It is easy to understand if you compare it with physical fitness, [...]

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