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Diversity Eggs

Could Diversity Be Done Differently?

This month I attended the ODN Europe conference whose theme was OD in Action: Influence & Impact.   One of the most fascinating Open Space sessions was about Diversity and Inclusion and whether and how D&I could be approached from an OD/Change perspective.

 

I DO believe that Diversity is about changing the way we lead and do business; it’s about culture change. Diversity is not a philosophy or theology. It’s not a CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) issue. It’s not a human resource initiative.   It’s a business issue. Read more

Know What You Can Change - Circle Of Influence

The Circle Of Influence

Do you get stressed out worrying about things you can’t control? Or do you tend to stay energized and focus on things that you can influence?  Stephen Covey explains the habit of being proactive (the first of his seven habits of highly effective people) with what he calls the circle of concern and the circle of influence.

Your life doesn’t just “happen”. Whether you know it or not, it is designed by you through the choices you make. The choices are, after all, yours. You choose happiness. You choose sadness. You choose ambivalence. You choose success. You choose failure. You choose courage. You choose fear. Just remember that every moment, every situation, provides a new choice. And in doing so, it gives you a perfect opportunity to choose to do things differently and produce different, more positive results.

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The 4 R's

Successful projects and the Four R’s

Successful projects and the Four R’s

Achieving successful projects is all about getting the basics right – the Four R’s. Just as Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic were the 3 R’s of basic schooling, according to politicians and writers in the 18th and 19th centuries. Schooling was (apparently, I wasn’t there) all about getting children to have the basic skills to take the increasingly skilled manufacturing jobs that were arriving through the industrial revolution.

Over the last 20 or 30 years there has been an evolution (rather than revolution) in how we project people look at the way we deliver projects Read more

Mind Chi and Worry

“Will it help?” – Manage change, worry and guilt

Will it help? 

This is such a simple question and so very helpful when it comes to worry.

If you saw the film The Bridge of Spies, you will have seen it was the Russian Spy’s response to the American lawyer’s question ‘Aren’t you worried?’

When you (or a friend) are dealing with change, it means, in some form, changing a habit. Changing a habit can cause you to feel the strain from stress, however this only deepens the pain as you feel the world going in a different direction. Ask yourself ‘Will it help?’ and the answer is no! For a while why not just ‘float’ a little. Fill your lungs with air and let the water gently carry you until you feel ready to paddle in your direction.

Next time you hear a friend (or yourself) worrying over something, going over and over the same territory in chicken circles just stop for a moment and with concern ask, ‘Will it help?’ Read more