The Institute for Health and Human Potential conducted a survey for our  New York Times bestselling book, Performing Under Pressure, The Science of Doing More Your Best When it Matters Most (Crown Business, 2015), asking senior leaders about the impact on them and their teams when they were tasked to do more with less. 

Enough books have been written and enough information is available that, by now, most leaders and managers understand what they need to do to manage change in their organization. They understand the need to get buy-in, secure credible senior sponsors, persuade key influencers in the organization and communicate, communicate, communicate.

embracing change

By Craig W. Ross

 

One of the biggest factors in the success of a company is its ability to be nimble and embrace change. Being able to evolve with—or even ahead of—customer needs helps keep organizations relevant and ahead of the curve. In fact, many of the leaders we work with report that 90 percent of their work is about leading effective change.

Many business people use sports analogies and stories to promote teamwork, spur a spirit of competition and help develop the mental toughness of professional athletes. This past weekend I watched a lot of the U.S. Open. I love golf and I think there are some good lessons to be learned by watching the competition but that’s not what this blog is about. The lesson I learned is very different. It has nothing to do with sports and everything to do with business. First a little background for the non-golfers. This was the first year that Fox Sports became the broadcast partner for the U.S.

~~In this morning’s Wall Street Journal, writer Ben Fritz talks about Disney’s ability to turn movie hits into “Profits Ever After.” Each movie mega hit becomes its’ own franchise, with a dedicated team focused on turning that movie hit into successful and profitable rides, toys, clothes, video games and more. In the advertising business, we would call this “having legs.”

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