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Ideas to ignite your personal, team and company performance

Welcome to the Evolving Strategies monthly newsletter providing you with ideas to ignite personal, team and company performance during change. Evolving Strategies is a consulting firm helping companies and people learn, change and lead. Have a topic or challenge you'd like to see addressed? Email us. Thank you - Sandy

Happy new year to you!
I am delighted to share with you three initiatives we are launching to support your feedback and desire to find innovative ways to further build you and your team's skills in leading and driving change.
1. Big Picture:  The stories and suggested actions in our blogs and newsletters will be tied to the Burke Litwin Model of Organizational Performance and Change.  This framework describes 12 organizational variables and the relationships between them. Because the variables interact, a change in any one of them can eventually impact the others. This model will be useful to you by explaining not only how organizations perform but also how they can be changed. Each month, expect to learn from the experience and perspectives of change leaders from around the world tied to the 12 dimensions of the model. Receive a taste of these posts with the Climate (and) Change post below.
2. Daily Inspiration: Quick! What is the one behavior, idea, action or guiding principle that helps YOU drive and lead change? Let me know NOW before you read on! We'll create a one-page list of your responses in an upcoming post later this month so that you have a Leading and Driving Change Ready Reference to share with your teams. Expect more Change Ready References to be published throughout the year...and please contribute your ideas so that others may learn from your wisdom, too. [Coaching opportunity: Forward this email to your team members and ask them to contribute their one idea to both you and me. Then, see their ideas published with others' ideas by month's end.]
3. Let's Talk: Our inaugural 'Dinner with 10 Changers' series 2013 was a noted success in providing a small group venue for change leaders to share, learn, relax, laugh and inspire. Let me know if you are interested in attending one of these engaging dinners to be offered throughout the year. 
If you are in the Dallas / Fort Worth area, visit us in our newly opened Southwest office on Travis Street. We'd love to show you around.

Climate (and) Change: wuc = e3

“The environment is everything that isn't me.
Albert Einstein, (1879-1955), German-born physicist who developed the theory of relativity. He is considered the most influential physicist of the 20th century.

What exactly is work unit climate (wuc)? Find out how we can build one conducive for team members to perform and stay motivated. Throughout this year, we will delve into 12 dimensions that impact change, starting with how the climate of your work unit impact you and your colleagues.    more
Last Month's Recap

How to Change 'It': Write It. Schedule It. Do It.

After all is said and done, more is said than done.”
Aesop, 620-564 B.C., ancient Greek story teller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop’s Fables
It's time for new year resolutions! That said, how often have you succeeded in accomplishing previous objectives? Are you planning the goal too far into the future (maybe a little detached from your present situation)? Achieve your goals with these 3 steps to bridge where you are today and where you want to be!    more

Leadership Lessons From Lego

As my daughters and I tackled a three-day LEGO project, I realized that what makes these projects so fun and satisfying are the same things that help my clients love leading change in their organizations.”
Ken Perlman, engagement leader at Kotter International
How many of us think of large-scale change as daunting efforts with missing pieces, risks and unforeseen consequences? Engagement leader - Ken Perlman thinks otherwise in these 5 leadership pointers, inspired by an innovative LEGO-filled weekend. Want to have fun or read the manual? Ken  relates coaching a client through transformational change, to building a complex LEGO set with his daughters!    more

Three Questions to Assess Your Change Readiness

The real act of discovery consists not in finding new lands but in seeing with new eyes.”
Marcel Proust, French Novelist (1871-1922)
Situational awareness is knowing what goes on around you and responding accordingly. How do you increase such readiness to lead change in your team and organization? These 3 questions help you face opportunities and challenges of change. Read on for more ideas to build situational awareness!    more
About Sandy Schwan:
Sandy is the managing partner of Evolving Strategies LLC, a consulting firm helping companies and people learn, change and lead. 
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