Management Consultant & Founder of Link,
a Management Consulting Group
single thing we can count on in 2005 is change. Whether it's a change
in management, your office location, or your eating/exercise habits.
Things will be different this year. Some of these changes will be
completely within your control and some will not.
Wait minute! What really is out of your control? Even when the
tsunami of layoffs hit last year, many people lost their jobs. They
did not lose their lives. If you are alive, then you will always
have a choice about how you manage change.
The new-year is upon us. It is a time to consider your talents,
your strengths, and your options. The more options you create the
more choices you will have, and the more you can create change around
With the devastating tragedy overseas, the United States at war,
and the economy beginning to recover, the time is ripe to question
where you are and where you want to be. The barriers preventing
this train of thought and action are text book factors of resistance
to change. So start asking the what ifs, solicit those trusted friends
and family around you, and begin to explore the rest of your life.
Remember to consider the question, what's the worse that can happen?
And when you realize you could recover from that; get moving.
With all the soul searching and reflection, I hope you have come
to the realization that there is no such thing as spare change.
Change either happens to you or you make it happen; there is nothing
spare about it. So go out and make change instead of waiting for
someone else to hand it to you.
A personal note in closing
Change has come to, and been made
to happen for Jeff Colvin of Link. I have taken a managing partner
position with a consulting and training company partnered with Stanford
University. IPSolutions in San Mateo, CA delivers management training,
consulting, and workshops that lead to sustainable workplace performance
improvement. The learning-in-action solutions help clients execute
their strategies by seeing how to manage complexity in their organizations
more clearly and effectively.
Please visit our web site to learn more about how IPSolutions can
serve your business; www.ipsassociates.com.
"Time may change me, but I can't change time." David
Where Are You Now?
· What's working/what's not?
· Create a balance sheet of 2004 positive/negative experiences
· Identify what is really important
Where do You Want to Be?
· Envision the future
· Define your role, contributions, connections
· Establish an image of yourself at work, in the community,
How Will You Get There?
· Break the challenging elements of your vision into small
· Begin a list of actions and time frames to support your
· Define short interval successes
What Are the Barriers?
· Identify/clarify roadblocks
· Create a plan to conquer barriers
· Remove each block and celebrate
· Ask for help as you need it
Jeff Colvin (Jcolvin@linkllc.com)
founded Link, a management
consulting group in 1997 whose mission is dedicated to the Systems,
Structures, and Behaviors that make people and companies successful.
Link's bottom line focus on process improvement is achieved through
the facilitation and training of cross-functional teams to address
key strategic goals. Learn more about Jeff
Colvin & Link...