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Why Change When Things Have Been Successful in the Past?

We recently began work with a fortune 1000 company whose sales have quadrupled over the past four years and who now boasts a more than 6,000 employee workforce. Despite that enormous growth and success, the company is deciding to make massive changes within its culture and the way it conducts business. Why? Why change when […]

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What Employees Really Want to Know that Only Leadership Can Answer

Every organization today is going through some sort of change, whether it’s technological, growth, diversification, globalization, or just the transformation of the workforce generations.  Employees are expected to adapt quickly to leadership demands for increased accountability, cross-training, adaptability during restructuring, and constant change.  I recently told a group of employees, “Just get yourself on the […]

Thumbnail : Managing Organizational Change: Lou Deepe Talks About His Experience with New Directions

Managing Organizational Change: Lou Deepe Talks About His Experience with New Directions

GUESTBLOGGER: Lou Deepe is the Director of Strategic Development at Wildwood Programs, a non-profit agency who’s mission it is to empower and enable children and adults with neurologically based learning disabilities, autism and other developmental disorders to live independent, productive and fulfilling lives.   Whenever you commit to participating in a workshop or attending a […]

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The Future of Learning and Development in the Workplace (Revisited)

“The dropout rate of massive online courses is higher than 97%,” recently reported Seth Godin, technology guru and author, on his blog. As a panelist on next week’s The Technology Edge – The Experts Share for the American Society for Training and Development, I feel obligated to share new and shiny technology that we all […]

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How Does Detroit’s Possible Bankruptcy Link to Workplace Accountability?

This summer’s news included the City of Detroit’s dire financial condition – seeing bankruptcy as the only option for the longstanding state of financial crisis and becoming the largest city in the US to file bankruptcy. Certainly, Detroit made agreements to be accountable to their workers, vendors, bankers, companies and individual tax payers. What does […]

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The Hudson-Mohawk Chapter of the American Society for Training & Development Endorses Workforce Training Series of Albany

Local Chapter and Local Workforce Training Series Team Up To Address Immediate Workforce Training Need  The American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) and its affiliated local chapter, Hudson-Mohawk, has endorsed and will sponsor the recently launched Workforce Training Series of Albany workshops.  Designed to be practical and affordable training workshops in the Capital Region, […]

Thumbnail : New Directions Commemorates 29 Years of Leadership Services

New Directions Commemorates 29 Years of Leadership Services

Local workforce training and leadership development firm New Directions celebrates its 29th year of business on July 18th 2013.  The firm, started in 1984 by Deborah Mackin out of her spare bedroom with a $500 loan from her mother, now is a global firm that works with vast array of local and global organizations looking […]

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Local Workforce Training Series In Albany Kicks Off To Address National Statistic

Developing the area’s workforce, WTS unveils 2013 training and development workshops (Albany, NY) –– Last month Gallup polling released that 7 out of 10 employees hate their job.  The CEO of Gallup, Jim Clifton, indicated that 70% of American workers are disengaged at work as a direct result of poor management and leadership.  The Workforce […]

Thumbnail : Survey Indicates 96% of U.S. Companies Lack Sufficient Leaders

Survey Indicates 96% of U.S. Companies Lack Sufficient Leaders

In a survey conducted for Right Management, senior HR leaders indicated that talent pipelines are producing few potential future leaders and managers, with only four percent claiming the United States has a sufficient pipeline to meet the majority of their needs. Right Management speculates that the reason that the leadership pipelines are so weak is […]

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The Journey That Took Us To Publishing “Survival of the Hive: 7 Leadership Lessons from a Beehive”

Almost a year ago we embarked on a rather fun and unique adventure that resulted in this week’s arrival of Survival of the Hive: 7 Leadership Lessons from a Beehive. The book was written to address the current lack of great, selfless leadership within organizations and the changing paradigm that is needed in leadership in […]

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SEDC Leadership Breakfast – Cross-Cultural Teaming Part 2

Deborah Mackin, considered an international authority on self-directed work teams with over 28 years of experience, leads a packed room of business men and women on setting up their own cross-cultural teams. Sponsored by the Saratoga Economic Development Corporation (SEDC)

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SEDC Breakfast Leadership Series with Deborah Mackin: Cross-Cultural Teaming

Deborah Mackin, author of the Team-Building series, and special guest speaker at SEDC’s Breakfast Leadership Series talks to a packed-room on building cross-cultural, high-functioning teams within organizations

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TEAMING: Executive Teams and Cross-Cultural Teams

This week I’ll be speaking to two separate groups about teams:  the Capital Region HR Association on Executive Teams and the Saratoga Economic Development Council on Cross-Cultural Teaming.  Both are looking for ways to improve the functioning of their teams during economic times when the ability to maximize human potential is critical for success.  No […]

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SEDC Teaming in Tech Valley with Deborah Mackin – Interview 2

Deborah Mackin, renowned team-building author and founder/principle leadership coach at New Directions, an employee training and development firm in North Bennington, Vermont, will be speaking on Cross-Cultural Teaming in the Tech-Valley Thursday, March 7, 2013 at Empire State College from 7:30-9:00 am.

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SEDC Teaming in Tech Valley – Interview 1

Deborah Mackin, renowned team-building author and founder/principle leadership coach at New Directions, an employee training and development firm in North Bennington, Vermont, will be speaking on Cross-Cultural Teaming in the Tech-Valley Thursday, March 7, 2013 at Empire State College from 7:30-9:00 am.

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Team-Building Author to Be Feature of SEDC Breakfast Leadership Series

Team-Building Guru and Leadership Coach Set to Talk at Saratoga Economic Development Corporation Deborah Mackin, renowned team-building author and founder/principle leadership coach at New Directions, an employee training and development firm in North Bennington, Vermont, will be speaking on Cross-Cultural Teaming in the Tech-Valley Thursday, March 7, 2013 at Empire State College from 7:30-9:00 am. To […]

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TEAMING: Hybrid Teams and Why They Gain Greater Engagement, Idea Generation and Buy-In For Decisions

Lisa and I were discussing a team training recently for a highly technical organization when an interesting dilemma emerged.  They call their project teams, teams; they call their project leaders, team leaders.  Yet, the amount of actual teamwork going on is minimal.  The team is accountable to the team leader; the team leader makes all […]

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WORKPLACE PERSONALITY: When Workplace Personalities and Change Initiatives Collide

This article focuses on the concept that while it’s certainly important to study change management strategies, we often neglect the mix of personality preferences in a change initiative and their impact on its success.

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STRATEGY: Developing Business During Changing and Chaotic Times

“The best way to predict your future is to create it,” said management guru Peter Drucker.  We are indeed living in chaotic times full of rapid change and dramatic disruption.  Just ask anyone with a business, service or product and the game has only become harder, more stressful and unstable.  What used to be a […]

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Best Strategies For Leading Organizational Change During Chaotic Times

According to a 2012 survey 73% of revenue growing and profitable organizations did so because they excelled at managing change.  A 2003 Change Management Best Practice study reported that only 1/3 of change teams used a formal management tool, but of the the ones who did those teams showed an ROI of 143% Change is […]

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Organizational Renewal When Change Has Failed In The Past Workshop

The dissatisfaction with status quo has been established, the vision is compelling, and yet, when it comes to examining how the organization needs to transform to meet the future, your group struggles.  Sound familiar?  Perhaps your group is dealing with some “residual” resistance from previous poorly-managed change initiatives. This workshop looks at how an organization […]

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Best Strategies for Helping Yourself Handle Change Successfully Workshop

The only constant is change.  This workshop targets the individual and how he/she deals with change personally. This session will help individuals understand the effects of change, steps to progress through change and help them build crucial characteristics for dealing with change in the future. You may find yourself having trouble sleeping, picking fights with […]

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Best Strategies For Helping Staff Handle Change Workshop

The only constant is CHANGE – we all know it and we all struggle to handle it.  During the turbulent days we’re facing, it’s best to have a strategy for helping your staff handle whatever ups and downs come their way.

Thumbnail : CHANGE MANAGEMENT: Is Residual Resistance Killing Your New Change Initiative?

CHANGE MANAGEMENT: Is Residual Resistance Killing Your New Change Initiative?

We have often mentioned David Gleicher’s change formula – D X V X F > R – as an important sequencing of tasks when building a change initiative.  When so many leaders jump into the F – First Steps – without building the D (Dissatisfaction with Status Quo and Case for Change) or the V […]

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CHANGE: 10 Tips for Supervisors and Managers To Renew and Refuel the Heart of Your Change Initiative

“Running short of cash and unable to sell 1,100 digital imaging patents that could have rescued it,” as Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle writes, Eastman Kodak Co. today took the long-expected but still painful step of filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. As The Associated Press says, this raises the specter that “the 132-year-old trailblazer could […]

Thumbnail : CHANGE: Understanding the Root of Change & How The Change Formula Can Drive Success

CHANGE: Understanding the Root of Change & How The Change Formula Can Drive Success

Have you ever found yourself wanting to implement some kind of change either at home or in your place of business and realized you didn’t have the support to make it happen? Now by change, all I mean is something new.  Maybe a desire to purchase a new lawnmower, or more critical, the need to […]

Thumbnail : CHANGE MANAGEMENT: Why 70% of Change Initiatives Fail

CHANGE MANAGEMENT: Why 70% of Change Initiatives Fail

John Kotter, renowned author and change management guru, reported in his book, Leading Change, that 70% of change initiatives in organizations and businesses fail.  That is an extraordinarily depressing figure when we also hear that the only constant in life these days is change.  Does that mean that we’re all doomed to fail 70% of […]

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Becoming a Change Champion in Your Organization

Deborah Mackin, international trainer and coach, discusses with a leadership summit group how to become change champions in their own organizations.

CHANGE MANAGEMENT: Thriving Through Change Part II

In last week’s blog, we explored two hypotheses around change: (1) Changes exist in each and every moment of the day; and (2) We are built to maintain the status quo and therefore, reject change. I left you with some questions to think about: Do you accept change as inherent in your life? Do you […]

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CHANGE MANAGEMENT: Thriving Through Change Part I

“Life is difficult.  This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths.  It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it.  Once we truly know that life is difficult – once we truly understand and accept it – then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is […]

TEAMING: FAQ #2: What are the biggest mistakes when changing to a teaming environment

Some organizations believe they can implement teams without changing the traditional hierarchical structure. Within months, the two structures inevitably clash. Typically the more entrenched structure survives and teamwork is reduced to a thing of the past. Managers have much greater difficulty adjusting to a team-based environment than hourly employees because they have to learn to […]

Thumbnail : LEADERSHIP: Best Practices and “Next Practices” – Leading in a Confusing, Demanding World

LEADERSHIP: Best Practices and “Next Practices” – Leading in a Confusing, Demanding World

Last week I was reading an interesting article on leadership in the Harvard Business Review entitled, “Leadership in a (Permanent) Crisis*” which asked the question:  How will we adapt to the new reality of constant uncertainty, urgency, and high demand? In other words, if the human condition begs for consistency and stability, how will we […]

PERSONALITY: Your Personality Determines How You React to Change

When we train leaders on change management, one of the tasks for them to complete is a change personality assessment*. The tool identifies three types of personality preferences and how each responds to change. The first personality type is the Conserver, an individual who is very disciplined and organized and prefers change that maintains the […]

MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORS: Belief Drives Behavior

For years as leaders and managers we have identified the problem behaviors we see in the workplace and tried to correct them with various “carrot” or “stick” approaches. The carrot approach focused on rewards and recognition to drive behavior change. The stick approach emphasized consequences, predominantly punishment of various sorts (e.g. coaching conversation, first verbal […]

CHANGE MANAGEMENT: Why Change Initiatives Fail

I happened to be preparing for a change management training for the Naval Reactors Headquarters in D.C. when I came across some material from Peter Senge’s work on change that is definitely worth sharing and remembering. In his book, Dance of Change, he identifies a number of challenges that cause change initiatives to fail. I’ve […]

CHANGE MANAGEMENT: Change and the Future

There is the feeling that we’re in the midst of a cataclysmic change — a change so fundamental that it will disrupt the current order of things. I remember years ago viewing a Joel Barker video called Paradigm Shifts. In it he speaks to the notion that when large-scale change occurs everything goes back to […]

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