Change Management

Change Management

The Adaptive Leader As Facilitator of Change

Posted 3:30 PM by
Ki ThoughtBridge works with individuals, organizations, and entire communities teaching and equipping them to lead change in an integrated manner.  We provide a range of resources and tools that we teach others to use.  It is difficult and very rewarding work, and we are passionate about doing the best work with our clients.  Part of the challenge is that the change management process begins with a description of symptoms that are causing us discomfort and disease. We have ideas about what might be causing the problem; we listen to the client’s self-diagnosis and attempted remedies, and what the... Read more →

Empathy Not Apathy: Choosing to Lead Change

Posted 4:00 PM by
There are very few people who are paying attention to the current political climate who aren’t also alarmed by the number of personal attacks, vicious verbal assaults, falsehoods, vindictiveness, and escalating hostility in our public discourse from too many leaders. The man who occupies the highest political office in the land is a prime example of the decline in respect for those with whom you are in disagreement. Another recent example of someone with no filter is a Representative from Iowa who eagerly shares his racist rants, mistruths and affinity with a belief in white supremacy. The problem is... Read more →

Negotiation Lesson #5: Labor Management Negotiations

Posted 1:36 PM by
Negotiating When There is No Trust, No Working Relationship and a Bad History One morning in early January, the phone in my office rang and the individual on the other end of the line laid out the following negotiation challenges:My name is ___________ and our organization has to negotiate with the most powerful union in our state.They openly brag that they’ve won everything but the kitchen sink. Contract negotiations three years ago were nasty and contentious; as a result, we don’t like them and they don’t like us. We don’t trust them, but we... Read more →

Change Is An Inside Job

Posted 8:22 PM by
Change. Leaders predict and manage it; mobilize and lead it. Followers demand and deny it. The current clamor for change is influenced by a view of reality that the world is in a state of deterioration, disruption, and decline. Supporters of this view point to shrinking resources, increased poverty, violent conflict, and divisive rhetoric as a rationale. Others perceive the current world condition as being in an historic period of transition, a process of tremendous growth and transformation, and a time during which many innovative creative opportunities exist for forming a new and different future.  Which of these views is... Read more →

21st Century Organizations: A Crucible of Organizational Conflict

Posted 9:30 PM by
Crucible: A vessel designed to withstand extreme temperatures without melting or cracking.  - Webster’s Dictionary  Can your organization withstand the extreme heat generated by conflict and globalization?Massive, rapid, ongoing change - changes, in technology, markets, economies, competition, communication, and governments have meant organizations have had to rapidly change their strategies and structures to survive and thrive. Change triggers transition which increases the frequency and intensity of organizational conflictGlobalization has created a more diverse economic market place and a more diverse workforce and has heightened cultural proximity.  Organizations must communicate across geographical, cultural and language boundaries.  The opportunities for miscommunication and... Read more →

Creating Space for Adaptive Leadership Development

Posted 9:48 PM by
The definition of space has varied meanings: “a period of time; a limitless area in which all things exist and move; an empty place; the region beyond the earth’s atmosphere; a definite place; the distance between people; intervals between time; an arrangement of items.” None of these convey the importance this concept has become in leadership development. From quantum physics we have learned that space is a field of energy and infinite connection rather than vast void. The connections are not discernible to the human eye; and can be detected and substantiated indirectly through scientific tools.  The inability to... Read more →

The Urgent Need for the Inner Work of Leadership

Posted 2:02 PM by
Exercise "The more we love, the less we fear; the less we fear, the more we can love. If we exercise our bodies, we can lower our cholesterol. If we exercise loving-kindness, we can re-open the clogged arteries of the soul." -Br. Mark Brown Society of Saint John the Evangelists Above is the daily message I woke up to this morning. What a timely one it is for my soul feels a heaviness reminiscent of previous times, times when the Country’s shadow re-emerged, that part of the cultural psyche that is the repository of the least... Read more →

Dealing with Difficult Conversations

Posted 1:26 PM by
In a recent encounter with a very able colleague lamenting about having “lost it” in a situation in which there was in her view highly unprofessional behavior, I was reminded of how difficult it can be to be in such situations, and the courage and skill required to confront the individual involved.  It is a particular skill that Ki ThoughtBridge brings to our work, and one we always include in our leadership and negotiation trainings.  There are numerous instances in our personal and professional lives that can precipitate “losing it” but there are reasons why this doesn’t happen; the... Read more →

Living The Question

Posted 5:01 PM by
Ki ThoughtBridge's unique Integrated Model of Leadership (IML) includes The Inner Work of Leadership, and is essential to the development and practice of adaptive leadership. To think we can develop effective leaders in times of significant transition and complexity without engaging them in this deeper level of work is similar to thinking a book can be read by just reviewing its table of contents. The interior life of a leader is powerful data; it influences perceptions, shapes assumptions, and affects behaviors. Staying connected to this source helps leaders to be able to manage their emotions and behaviors and accurately... Read more →