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So far Steve Barlow has created 15 blog entries.

Give Change What It Deserves

2017-09-28T14:47:33+00:00

We all know that human behaviour is complex – get people involved with change and you’ll soon discover that. Some embrace change and see it as a challenge and adventure, but, unfortunately, many see it as a struggle, something to resist, and something to avoid.

Do you ever struggle with change? Does it stress you? We live in a rapidly changing world with lots of uncertainty, and it’s hard to stand out, to compete, and to truly succeed.  If we’re […]

Give Change What It Deserves 2017-09-28T14:47:33+00:00

6 Reasons Why Coaches Need Change Fitness

2017-02-07T16:27:00+00:00

Here are six points that explain why change fitness is important for you and your coaching.

The first point is that change fitness is about the change capacity of your coaching clients. It’s not mainly about you, as a coach. It’s mainly about your clients’ ability to succeed at the changes they want to make in their lives. It’s about their capacity for change.

The second point is that when your clients come to you for help, they don’t all come with […]

6 Reasons Why Coaches Need Change Fitness 2017-02-07T16:27:00+00:00

Letter to Coaches

2017-02-07T16:27:00+00:00

“We don’t see things as they are: we see them as we are.” Anais Nin.

Our perspectives dominate us. Social learning theorists claim that much of what we know we learn from the social environment that surrounds us, much like water surrounding a fish. We don’t recognise it’s there and we often accept it unquestioningly. It becomes what Michael Polyani calls “tacit knowledge” – the knowledge you don’t even know you have.

Adult transformational learning theorists like to refer to our […]

Letter to Coaches 2017-02-07T16:27:00+00:00

Overcoming Limits to Growth

2017-02-07T16:27:00+00:00

In the year 1972 a new book entitled “Limits to Growth” appeared in the bookstores. At the time, this book aroused a great deal of interest. It focused on what happens when exponential growth meets finite resources. Its main thesis was that economic growth can’t be unlimited because it is fuelled by limited resources.

A coach, and anyone who works closely with people, knows what it feels like to run out of resources. A client may come to you for […]

Overcoming Limits to Growth 2017-02-07T16:27:00+00:00

The Link Between Uncertainty and Success

2017-06-13T09:47:41+00:00

The Link Between Uncertainty and Success A light breeze blew across the Tweed River one warm December evening in 2006. People stood at tables drinking, laughing and telling tales of the year that was all but done. A middle-aged stranger made his way across the crowded balcony and gave me some very disturbing news.

He was a seasoned investor and he offered me one piece of free advice: sell all your shares. He said a crisis was coming. He couldn’t […]

The Link Between Uncertainty and Success 2017-06-13T09:47:41+00:00

The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective Entréepreneurs

2017-06-13T09:52:01+00:00

I want to introduce you to the entréepreneurs.

The name entréepreneurs explains how some people respond to change. They are often curious about change, and even embrace it with eagerness. They love the beginnings of change; the excitement of plans and projects and anticipated journeys. But they don’t embrace the whole change process with eagerness – only the first part of it. They love the entrée, but rarely stick around for the main course. If change were a feast, the entréepreneurs would be really […]

The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective Entréepreneurs 2017-06-13T09:52:01+00:00

LinkedIn Discussion Report

2017-06-13T09:54:22+00:00

I am writing to report and summarise the combined wisdom of all those people who so thoughtfully contributed to a discussion I instigated on LinkedIn.  The topic of the discussion was “What Really Makes Change Fail” and you can find my article of the same name here. If you would like to view the original discussion, click here.

The following is my summary of the contributions which I offer as something to shape your […]

LinkedIn Discussion Report 2017-06-13T09:54:22+00:00

What Really Makes Change Fail

2017-06-13T09:55:39+00:00

Peter Senge quite famously said that people don’t resist change; they resist being changed. Most of us would know what it feels like to dig our heels in when someone tries to make us change against our will. Resistance to change occupies a fairly prominent position in the minds of managers who are charged with moving their teams from an ‘old normal’ to a ‘new normal’. It is often the cause of anxiety, sleepless nights, and even broken careers. […]

What Really Makes Change Fail 2017-06-13T09:55:39+00:00

Change Readiness and Structural Change

2017-06-13T09:56:57+00:00

Structural change can be risky business.  That’s why change readiness is so important.  Kevin Voigt of CNN estimates the failure rate of changes like mergers to be as high as 90%.   The Deloitte Review (Issue 6, 2010) is less pessimistic – they put the failure rate at an even 50%.  Either way, there is too much room for trouble.

The Deloitte Review conducted an in-depth review of merger performance from across the world accessing over 45 000 data entries. This extensive […]

Change Readiness and Structural Change 2017-06-13T09:56:57+00:00