Four of the biggest mistakes change leaders make before they launch a change network

If you’ve ever been involved in an organisation change you’ll no doubt have heard the term “Change Network”. The term carries a lot of baggage and whilst there’s no standard definition there are some common characteristics of what we mean when we refer to a “Change Network”.

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Put simply a change network can be described as a group of people in an organisation who have responsibility for helping the organisation land the changes and helping people in the organisation adapt to the future state.

First off, it’s important to know that a change network isn’t a silver bullet to making sure that your change goes well. Sure, when established and empowered correctly they can contribute to that process (sometimes contribute significantly!). …


Joe Biden could change American politics if he wants to

In two weeks, Joe Biden will fulfil a lifetime ambition as he is inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States of America. This election has been historic for many reasons. Firstly, there was the long slog and blistering battle between more than a dozen candidates in the run up to and during the primaries. Secondly, this was a hotly contested election between Donald Trump fighting to retain incumbency, and a lifelong political operative, Joe Biden. Thirdly, this election was fought against the backdrop of a once in a generation global pandemic which fundamentally reshaped almost every facet of public life. …


10 questions to review 2020 and prepare for 2021

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Abraham Lincoln was quoted as saying, “give me 6 hours to chop down a tree and I’ll spend the first 4 sharpening the axe”. So, if it’s good enough for honest Abe to spend a good chunk of time preparing, it’s good enough for you and me, too.

I’m not a terribly organized person, but I do have a few habits (or cheats) that help me overcome that — and one of those is planning. On a daily and weekly basis, this takes the form of planning each day (I use Michael Hyatt & Co. Full Focus Planner) by listing out the three biggest, most-pressing tasks for the day and then working out how to integrate them into my day. Annually, however, I like to take a “step back” and also spend a bit of time “looking forward”. …


He’s leading in the polls, but it’s time to double down on a winning strategy

All the leading polls are indicating that Biden is going to win in November. But, as we’ve learned before (painfully so, for some) the polls aren’t always right. Aside from the fact that the polls aren’t always right there are, of course, statistical models that show Trump as the winner. I’m sure his campaign managers are paying close attention to those models.

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Here’s the thing though, whilst Biden is ahead in the polls he’s at risk of spreading himself too thinly in the run up to the election. …


What Netflix can teach you about making sure you keep your long-term goals in perspective

In February 2007 Netflix delivered it’s billionth DVD — that’s right, billion. This was a mere 7 years after they offered themselves for sale to Blockbuster for $50million. At this stage, Netflix and Blockbuster had their horns locked in a serious war to win in the DVD rental business. Blockbuster, bolstered with incumbency, a massive retail operation, and a history of understanding the market. Netflix was emboldened with newcomer status, serious marketing chops, and an impressive logistics operation.

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It seemed like what would play out would be a race for market dominance. But, instead what happened was that Netflix began to pivot their business. They had just delivered a billion DVDs and were successfully challenging market giants and they began to pivot. This wasn’t Netflix being afraid, it was them being prescient. They looked into the future and realised the victor wasn’t going to be the company that could offer the most DVDs at the lowest price. …


Remote work isn’t going away soon so here’s four things to consider as you adapt

In the early months of this year many companies faced the prospect of going ‘remote first’ overnight. It wasn’t a choice — many were thrust into this world with no guardrails and no precedent to guide them. The optimists thought it might last a few weeks and sent staff home with a note of “we’re shutting the office for a little while”. Others were a bit more cautious and were issuing guidance to their staff that they were “following the science and would return when it was safe to do so”.

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As a consequence of the pandemic some people, myself included, haven’t been in an office since late February. If you’re a senior leader or a manager in an organisation this might represent a fundamental change in how you’ve done business to date. In an office environment where you have proximity with your people you get all of the benefits that come with that. Huddling around a whiteboard, walking up to a coworkers desk to chat with them about something, seeing one another day-in, day-out. Of course, it’s not all rosy…too many meetings that drag on for too long, people not respecting the “headphones means do not disturb rule”, long commutes, etc. Being in office is neither inherently good nor bad, but if you’re used to it and you’re not longer in the office it’s different. …


How to appropriately use data to stop losing subscribers

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Are you noticing what I’m noticing over the last few weeks?

I’m not talking about the endless health-related news cycle, hot takes on working from home, or thoughts on whether or not we’re slipping into an economic meltdown — I’m talking about the hundreds of emails flooding inboxes about how every company is responding to the threat of the novel coronavirus.

Honestly, I think the only time the unsubscribe button gets the same levels of attention is around Black Friday.

I’ve received hundreds of emails over the past few days from all sorts of companies updating me on their response to the unfolding public health crisis. The one that pushed me over the edge was an email from the CEO of a company that I’ve purchased from maybe three times in ten years. …


Ways to maximize your cash during times of uncertainty.

Global financial markets are facing extreme volatility — swinging plus or minus 10% over the course of a trading day. In times like this, it’s natural that you’ll be worried about how your business can weather the storm of uncertainty.

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There are proactive steps that you can take to ensure that your working capital remains as high as possible. Considering these steps will be particularly important if you’ve been investing in growth a lot over the last number of years or your business is not yet profitable.

More proactive debtor management

Firstly, let’s look at how you are managing your debtors. Those who owe (or will owe) money to your business are a good first port of call for shoring up your cash on hand. …


How to stay ahead of your inboxes

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Here’s something that not many people will want to admit to…less competent people get ahead all the time. One of the best ways you can get ahead is simply being responsive.

I get it. Your inbox is crazy. Slack is blowing up. Asana is crammed with tasks that you need to and people asking for updates. Your Twitter DMs are out of control. Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, Snapchat, LinkedIn and on and on and on. It’s the same story everywhere. You have too many incoming communications.

Here’s the thing though, most people are in similar positions. They might not be all dealing with the same volume, but it’s likely they’re dealing with some sense of overwhelm in keeping on top of it all. …


Some non-technical things I learned about podcasting

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I started a podcast in 2017 because I wanted to learn about it. I wasn’t trying to become famous and I wasn’t trying to earn any money… which is for the best, really, because neither of those things happened.

I started the podcast for two reasons.

1. I Wanted to Learn

I’ve always been interested in podcasting. At the risk of sounding totally hipster, I think I was into podcasting before podcasting was cool.

In fact, I actually first toyed with podcasting back in 2008, where I recorded some of my blog posts in audio format and read them directly into my mobile phone. This time, however, I was in it to learn a bit more about both the technical and ‘soft’ side of podcasting. …

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problem solving with rosseau ltd (rosseau.co). podcasting at spokepodcast.org

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