Anatomy of a Change Agent

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.


  1. Bravo! Terrific attributes – I aspire to them all. Thanks for sharing this. Gail

  2. Faith says:

    Glad you found some inspiration. I too aspire to follow them each and every day. Some days doing better than others…

    After a less than stellar day, I just seek to pick myself back up and remember that I have another chance each day.

    To me the most important is the heart and intent. If I come from a place of truly good intentions many of the rest fall in line.

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    Cheers for the intresting post but if im honest its not genuinely my area.

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    * This web-site is created using Word Press’s Uncorked Theme.

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    * The articles (unless noted otherwise) are all my unique writing and thoughts. Typos and bad grammar included.

    * I will confess that I always do try to have someone else review my writing before publishing. “Fresh eyes” as I call it always help. A tip I would give you is to put your writing aside for a day. I always edit further when I do so.

    * Articles would be more frequent if time allowed. I’ve probably got two dozen articles and ideas in various stages. I get busy with client work and life.

    And yes, I can be long winded. Combination of many thoughts swirling around that I consider interconnected, a natural interaction style of “explaining” (I am an educator after all), and my desire to explain. Hence, the importance of putting it aside for fresh eyes…

    Hum, maybe this should be an article instead of just a response. Thoughts and ponderings for another day…

    Best regards to all,

    P.S. I post (intermittently) in multiple Linked In discussions. You can track down my views on various topics there also.

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