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Practical Wisdom on Change from Global Change Leaders

October 8, 2018

At a recent coaching conference, I met coaches, innovators and change makers from many global organizations.  Lots of energy and practical wisdom.  Some of the change leadership insights they shared include:

There will be three types of people:  those that believe in the change, those that don’t and those that stay on the bench waiting to see which way to go.  Empower and engage the believers; as they become successful those on the bench follow.  – Kristalina Georgieva, CEO of World Bank’s lending arms for middle income and poor countries

Place yourself where there is opportunity, then find ways to connect good with good. – Julie Allegro, Founder and General Partner of Fyrfly Venture Partners

Business can create solutions to the environmental crisis.  Marketing changes the way people behave.  – Joy Howard, Chief Marketing Officer of Sonos

Don’t underestimate the importance of investing in the process:  having many, many meetings to listen, engage and explain before announcing a change initiative. – Alice Hill, former special assistant to President Obama and current Research Fellow at The Hoover Institution

When leading changes, ask about personal concerns and information concerns before talking about implementation steps. – Garry Ridge, CEO of WD-40

Waypower is as critical as willpower. Waypower defines multiple ways to accomplish your goal, helping you persevere and cross the line.  – Deepa Bajaj, Head of Enterprise Data Products and Platform Engineering at PayPal

Although their stories and paths were diverse, one common denominator was clear:  these executives are learners.  Each leader I engaged with was consciously and continuously developing, accessing and testing the mindsets and strategies they need to address increasingly complex challenges. And then they took the time to share what they’ve learned.

Their example gives us the opportunity to ask ourselves:  “What has my experience taught me about change leadership? And how am I sharing these hard-earned insights with others?

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