What’s Your Attitude Towards Change?

Your Change AttitudeHow do you approach change in the workplace? Do you like to initiate it? Do you have lots of questions about why and how? Would you rather see things remain as they are? Barnes & Conti CEO Kim Barnes recently wrote and article entitled, “Your Change Attitude–And How to Work with People Who Might See it a Different Way,” which begins by identifying the four attitudes that most people have regarding change in the workplace. Kim continues to discuss how you as a change leader can tap into, incorporate, and find the value in each of these attitude, especially when the outlooks differ from your own attitude towards change. According to Kim, the change process may take longer, “but when you get there, you’ll look around and find that most people are there with you.”

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New Article About Investing in Learning and Development

Nelson Soken, Barnes & Conti’s Chief Innovation Officer, wrote an article on investing in learning and development when focused attention is becoming scarce. Nelson argues that investing in learning and development delivers significant rewards to everyone in the workplace. He continues with eight principles and New Year’s resolutions for investing in learning and development.

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New Article about Effective Learning Strategies

Nelson Soken, Ph.D. Barnes & Conti Chief Innovation Strategist, wrote a new article about creating an effective learning strategy not just to get the most out of training and development, but to manage organizational change and deliver value. The article is entitled, “Training and Development: Changing Hearts and Minds to Deliver Organizational Value.”

Here’s a brief quote from  the article: “What is necessary is creating a clear and inspiring organizational vision of the future, strategically aligning it with the organizational, learning, and talent development strategy, and then delivering individual/organizational change by changing people’s mindsets and behaviors over time that leads to action and results.”

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New Article by Kim Barnes on Reframing as an Influence Tool

Framing—or reframing—is a strategic tool which is useful to exercise influence and to manage change. In this article,  Kim Barnes discusses making what is considered new and potentially threatening into something both familiar and comfortable.

So how can we use the understanding that people are comfortable with what they know and skeptical or even fearful of things that fall outside of their experience? As innovators and as influencers, we need to be willing to understand how others perceive the world. We need to find a way to locate our ideas on their map of reality.

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Character Matters: Principles for Raising, Becoming, and Choosing Responsible and Effective Leaders

By B. Kim Barnes
Reprinted from LinkedIn, January 2, 2016

As we enter another U.S. presidential election year, we have a chance to think about what’s important to us as we choose a new leader. I have been reflecting on the ethical and behavioral qualities the candidates are displaying and how they learned them. And related to that, I think about how are we raising our children to be the political, civic, and organizational leaders and citizens that we will need in an increasingly complex world.

My mother, Lorraine Shalett Shapiro, was loved, admired, and deeply respected by her friends, co-workers, and the patients she worked with at a Kaiser Hospital in Southern California. Though not in a formal leadership role, she influenced the people around her to be stronger, kinder, more honest and more self-confident. And so she did with her family. After her death some years ago, I took time to consider what she taught all of us and identified a set of character-building principles that she represented – with a light touch most of the time – and called them “Lorraine’s Laws.”

Here they are, my New Year’s gift to leaders, parents, and especially to those who believe we ought to elect them to our country’s highest office:

  • Treat everyone with kindness and respect.
  • Don’t cry over spilled milk. Acknowledge mistakes and failures; then move on.
  • Contribute in a positive way to your community. Do what needs to be done without looking for an immediate payback.
  • Avoid defensiveness. Accept responsibility for what you have chosen to do, even if it didn’t turn out as you hoped or expected. Ask for and listen to feedback and learn from it, especially if it’s critical.
  • Avoid self-righteousness and judgment. Be self-critical; don’t let yourself get away with getting “too big for your boots.” (I should mention here that my mother was born in Minnesota- though not Scandinavian, she resonated with many of the values that they brought to this country.)
  • Avoid self-dramatization and self-importance; don’t pout and don’t whine.
  • Use both your mind and your heart in making decisions. Think about the impact of your decisions on others.
  • Learn all the time. Keep an open mind; always listen to new ideas and information even if it conflicts with what you think you already know for sure.
  • Forgive those who have wronged you.
  • Forgive yourself for the wrongs you have done in the past once you have done everything you can to repair the damage.
  • Love and appreciate your family and provide whatever support is needed for one another to be successful.
  • Look for and expect the best from people (family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, etc.) – pass on compliments and positive feedback; let people know what they are doing right. Avoid gossip and negative comments about people.
  • Be proud of your heritage; respect and show interest in the heritage of others.
  • Use your talents; they are your gifts to the world.
  • Stand up and speak out for what you believe in even though you know your opinion may be unpopular.
  • If you have an issue with someone, talk it out. Don’t hold on to resentments, especially within the family or team.
  • Be interested in what others have to offer, regardless of their age, position, occupation, education, ethnic background, etc. Seek a diversity of opinion; value and seek to understand people who are different from you.
  • Bring your whole self to your work, whatever it is. Demonstrate your love and commitment to those whom you touch in your work every day.
  • Don’t come down to the level of people who treat you rudely or unfairly. Find a way to rise to the occasion and keep your dignity.
  • Enjoy your life; it is a blessing.

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