The Success Studio
Chris is a student of words–both spoken and written, a lover of storytelling–both true and slightly stretched, and a master of changes–both big and small. An award-winning speaker, trainer, and author, she has created and presented programs that inspire people to look at their world from a fresh perspective, apply new knowledge, and make change.
Chris Clarke-Epstein, CSP
from Wausau, Wisconsin talks about change and its implications in your life . . .
Seven Mistakes Organizations Make When They Embark on Change . . .
"When the rate of change outside an organization is faster than the rate of change inside an organization, the organization is doomed" - Jack Welch
In over 25 years of working with organizations dealing with change, I've seen more than my share of change failures. In agreement with my observations, a Harvard Business Review article by Nohia and Berkley cites a survey that 75% of the managers they polled were unhappy with change initiatives underway. Why? I've come to the conclusion that those unhappy manager's behaviors contribute significantly to failures they're experiencing.
Shoes and Change
"It's not so much that we're afraid of change or so in love with the old ways, but it's the place in between that we fear" - Marilyn Ferguson
How ironic - I was doing a workshop on change and the new shoes I was wearing were killing my feet. Although my mouth continued to talk, my brain was otherwise occupied - calculating the amount of time left before the break and an opportunity to take my shoes off!
Marilynn's interview with Chris for this month's issue is content-rich. In the series below, Chris challenges and inspires us to put our arms around change as a strategy to achieve, and describes change as common in the lives of people who strive for excellence.
Chris has authored several books, which "inspire people to look at their world from a fresh perspective, apply new knowledge & make change."
Her titles include . . .
A Whole New Mind, Daniel H. Pink, Riverhead Books
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Daniel H. Pink, Riverhead Books
The Path of Least Resistance: Learning to Become the Creative Force in Your Own Life, Robert Fritz, A Fawcett Columbine, Published by Ballantine Books
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, Steven Pressfield, Warner Books
The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be, Jack Canfield, Harper Collins
The Success System That Never Fails, W. Clement Stone, The Napoleon Hill Foundation
Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Hay House, Inc
Critical Choices that Change Lives: How Heroes Turn Tragedy into Triumph, Daniel R. Castro, Beartooth Press
As a Man Thinketh, James Allen, The Penguin Group
Teaching the Elephant to Dance: Empowering Change in Your Organization, James A. Belasco, PhD, Crown Publishers
The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick), Seth Godin, The Penguin Group
What to Say When You Talk to Yourself, Shad Helmstetter, PhD, Pocket Books
QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability at Work and in Life, John G. Miller, G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change, William Bridges, Da Capo Press
Making a Compelling Case for Change, Rick Maurer, Maurer & Associates
Unstuck, A Tool for Yourself, Your Team, and Your World, Keith Yamashita & Sandra Spataro, Portfolio
Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin, Portfolio
What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful, Marshall Goldsmith, Hyperion
78 Important Questions Every Leader Should Ask and Answer, Chris Clarke-Epstein, Amacom
Do Change Better: Adapt Your Status Quo with Clarity, Confidence, and Success, Chris Clarke-Epstein and Linda Byars Swindling, WalkTheTalk.com
And, for those who have a love for books, here are some recommendations from the shelves of Marilynn & Chris:
Knowing information is critical to change, Chris generously sent these articles along for those of us who want to optimize change while in pursuit of our personal best . . .