In an earlier post I discussed Efrat's cloud, a very simple way to describe why we resist change. Efrat's cloud explains that in order for us to be happy we need satisfaction and security. Our need for satisfaction creates a pressure on us to want to change while the need for security creates a pressure on … Continue reading The potential behind our resistance.
How we resist change.
In a previous post I described Efrat's Cloud, a very effective way to explain why we resist change. Human thinking and behaviour is very complex. In order to make something complex easier to understand a picture can paint a thousand words. While Efrat's cloud is a picture that describes the dynamics of our thinking and … Continue reading How we resist change.
Why do we resist change?
"There is a cloud that, in a way, haunts me, or at least I keep finding it everywhere that I look, and that is Efrat’s Cloud." - Dr. Kelvyn Youngman. In 1995 Efrat Goldratt was a Ph.D. student in Israel. She is the daughter of Dr. Eliyahu Goldratt who conceived the Theory of Constraints Thinking … Continue reading Why do we resist change?
You don’t have to explore your past to have a breakthrough.
Most people understand that our current thinking and behaviour is caused by our experiences in the past. If an experience worked for us, then our brain stores the thinking and behaviour for later use and creates a neural shortcut. If it didn't work, then the thought is more likely to degrade. There is a little … Continue reading You don’t have to explore your past to have a breakthrough.
Our brains sometimes work against us.
As human beings, we have the capacity for curiosity as well as logic and reason but the way our brains sometimes work against us. Over time, we develop thinking and behaviours that don’t serve us as well as they used to. Sometimes that old thinking and behaviour causes us problems and reduces our ability to … Continue reading Our brains sometimes work against us.
Can the Life Styles Inventory™ (LSI) be used as a cultural diagnostic?
The Life Styles Inventory™ (LSI) is one of the Human Synergistics International tools for individuals. It is actually two tools: The first is Life Styles Inventory™ (LSI 1). This tool provides participants with the answer to the question “How do I think I think?” The second is Life Styles Inventory™ (LSI 2). This tool provides participants … Continue reading Can the Life Styles Inventory™ (LSI) be used as a cultural diagnostic?
Try adapting these seven organisational techniques to your personal path to excellence
A colleague recently sent me an article titled "Bad to great: The path to scaling up excellence" from McKinsey.com. The subtile is "Before senior executives try to spread best practices, they should use seven techniques to clear out negative behaviour that stands in the way." The key message is: "Yet case studies and rigorous academic research show that if you … Continue reading Try adapting these seven organisational techniques to your personal path to excellence
What causes Passive or Aggressive Leadership behaviour?
Both passive and aggressive behaviour is defensive. All defensive behaviour originates from within our thinking. At the core of all defensiveness, whether it is physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual, is a thought, which often has grown into a belief that we must protect our selves from others, go it alone and be self-sufficient. In essence, … Continue reading What causes Passive or Aggressive Leadership behaviour?