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Navigating organisational change

Navigating organisational change

“I feel like we’re this close to figuring this all out”, the CEO says smiling. And then she adds after a little pause, “even though I know it’s much more complex and we aren’t.” Everyone on the Board is smiling now, because they are all aware of their own conflicting...

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Listen to Lead Change

Listen to Lead Change

“The success of an intervention depends on the interior condition of the intervener.” Bill O'Brien, former CEO of Hanover Insurance, famously said this. It underscores that not only does it matter what leaders do and how they do it, but that their interior condition,...

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Self-Awareness is the Start of Leadership

Self-Awareness is the Start of Leadership

Regina Vogel and I spent time this week with a group of young leaders who will be a crucial part of a Theory U initiative in the Irish public sector. As we engaged with them and got to know them, we noticed that they were conscious of their newness and that others...

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Start with Who, not What or How

Start with Who, not What or How

Bill O’Brien, former CEO of Hanover Insurance, observed of his efforts to lead transformational change in his organisation, that “the success of an intervention depends on the inner condition of the intervener.” To make clear what this means, O’Brien is making the...

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Change v. Transition: It Matters

Change v. Transition: It Matters

Change is about an external, situational event: something old stops, something new begins. Transition is about the psychological reorientation which takes place inside of us as we adapt to the change. The distinction between the two matters because this is where the rhetoric of change and psychological safety and DEI and leadership meets reality.

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