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Best practices in Change Leadership: Your best tool is you


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Best practices in Change Leadership: Your best tool is you

  1. 1. Symphini Change Management Inc. Best Practices in Change Leadership: Use of “self as an instrument of change” March 9, 2016
  2. 2. 2 We have a lot of knowledge and many tools
  3. 3. • “There’s really no way around it. Learning any new skill involves relatively brief spurts of progress, each of which is followed by a slight decline to a plateau somewhat higher than what preceded it.” The path to mastery 3 “Mastery: The keys to success and long term fulfilment” George Leonard, 1992 Tools ? Tools ? • “We all aspire to mastery, but the path is always long and sometimes rocky, and it promises no quick and easy payoffs.”
  4. 4. 4 Our best “tool”
  5. 5. 5 Use of Self as an instrument of change “In this model, the Use of Self is a link between our personal potential and the world of change. It starts with our understanding of who we are, our conscious perception of our Self, commonly called the ego, and the unconscious or out of awareness part of our Self that is always along for the ride and on many occasions is actually the driver. This understanding of Self is then linked with our perceptions of what is needed in the world around us and our choice of a strategy and a role in which to use our energy to create change.”  “Doing Good By Knowing Who You Are The Instrumental Self as an Agent of Change”, Charles N. Seashore, Mary Nash S hawver, Greg Thompson and Marty Mattare, OD Practitioner, Vol. 36, 3, 2004.
  6. 6. Head Hands Theory Who we are Tools When we are fully committed to mastery:
  7. 7. 7 So what is “Change Management”?Our ability to make sense of the change and how people are reacting, and to intervene in the system in constructive ways is our real value. Our ability to do this with judgement, integrity and equanimity is a product of who we are.
  8. 8. 8 “Character and Presence” “Underneath what we do is who we are, and it is here where our optimum impact resides. Of all the things we draw on to create leverage for our clients, our true nature is our greatest asset. When we stay centered on this, and see it as core to the value we provide, we can live up to our full potential and help others do the same.” ~ Daryl Conner, “Character and Presence”
  9. 9. 9 The journey to mastery The sculpture, by Italian artist, Giuseppe Penone, is called, “The Life Within.” “We can’t cultivate character by acquiring new concepts or skills. It isn’t about learning, it’s about uncovering our true nature and realigning with its inherent value and impact. We must reacquaint ourselves with who we are and stop denying our essence in order to keep others comfortable. It isn’t easy to untangle ourselves from all the conditioning we’ve taken on over the course of our lives, but to excel in this profession demands nothing less.” ~ Daryl Conner, “It’s time to wake up”
  10. 10. This is hard – why bother? 10 “Be the change” = Agile Culture self awareness, humility, effectiveness, integrity, geekiness, mindfulness, equanimity, purpose Fear of failure, pride, blissful ignorance, hubris, conditioned by authority, discomfort, job security, risk VS
  11. 11. 11 Focus on: Equanimity It is a mental calmness composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation. It is a presence of mind, a grace under pressure … A state of mind reflected in a state of being. a kind of statesmanship that engenders collaboration and respect … and commands influence.
  12. 12. 12 Your Superpower Is YOU Will you “bring it”?
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