Archive for May, 2010

How can you Fire up your Heart to help drive change?

How can you Fire up your Heart to help drive positive change?

I find it interesting to observe how “Change Agents” interact with each other.  How they listen (or not), whether they speak respectfully (or not), as well as their willingness to change themselves (or not).  One of the first steps we can take to help manage change is to manage ourselves and how we interact with others. 

A colleague of mine, Ron Leeman, posted the following description during on online discussion. 

  1. A clear mind that is not cluttered with unresolved issues, unexamined motives or pre-conceived ideas.
  2. Eyes that can see beyond today.
  3. Ears that can listen to other points of view. 
  4. A nose that can sense opportunities and timing.
  5. A mouth that can speak out with honesty and respect.
  6. A heart that can feel others’ pain and respond to it.
  7. A fire in the belly that provides passion and responsibility and makes you want to get up in the morning.
  8. Skillful hands that can do work as well as strategy.
  9. Light feet that can move swiftly when the timing is right.
  10. The soul of a warrior with a deep sense of honor, perseverance and along with a willingness to act decisively.

I found it a useful metaphor to reflect upon – to ponder how these traits can help me be a better Change Agent and a better person overall.  I would add to the above list:

  1. That the mind be active and continually seek to fill itself with knowledge and information.  That it focuses on the ability to synthesize and apply that knowledge.
  2. That the heart is open and honest, genuine and true both to itself and to others.  That it seeks to understand and is kind to others.  We all make mistakes and have “bad” days.
  3. That the soul feels like an “old soul,” with the ability to reflect on the past.  To appreciate where it currently is as well as where it is going.

As I continue on my personal and professional journey, I challenge you to join me.  To find ways to make improvements to all parts of yourself:  mental, physical, emotional, and psychological.  I ask you to join me in my on-going quest to drive a change revolution.   To help create an environment (both in and outside of the workplace) that brings engagement and involvement rather than frustration and discontent.  To foster a revolution of change 1+1+1 ad infinitum.  

One person at a time can truly make a difference.  I’m hoping that today that person can be you.

Thanks Ron, for seeking to make a difference as well as always sharing in a respectful and open manner.  Cheers.  May we have a chance to lift a physical toast not just a metaphorical one someday.

Guiding Principles

- Think Holistically
- Seek the Root Causes
- Respect the Individual
- Demonstrate Accountability
- Collaborate with Clients
- Work with Integrity, Always
- Relate to the Business Strategy
- Ensure Alignment
- Demonstrate Responsibility
- Transfer Skills

Thoughts and Quotes