Listen to Michael discuss how to lead through change from organizational and personal standpoints. He starts the podcast asking you to reflect briefly on a change initiative and how you would rank yourself for your work in accomplishing the initiative’s goals. Learn about the potential costs associated with facilitating change unsuccessfully and why looking at past changes can increase the probability of hitting your current goals.

He looks at three societal changes that are important to recognize because they’re adjusting how organizations conduct business today. Michael then speaks about why change is so difficult for humans including six factors that affect how we respond to change, why our brains do what they do and how this impacts our ability to want to change. He shares insight into the DISC and 12 Driving Forces assessments with examples of personality types, why it is important to recognize and know each type’s differences and how they will affect the implementation of change initiatives.

Michael also reviews the value of Kotter’s 8 Step Model of Change and the Competing Values Framework in leading large-scale organizational changes. He reviews very tactical suggestions for how to convince a person skeptical of the change to accept it and how people already onboard with the change can start the implementation process. Finally, he reveals several best business practices for implementing change initiatives that will increase your odds of being a part of the 30%.

Resources –
Jim C. Collins, Good to Great, 2001
McKinsey & Company,, 4 Building Blocks of Change
DISC / 12 Driving Forces
Michael S. Seaver, Podcast 2- Developing Emotional Intelligence
Robert Cialdini’s book – Influence
Kotter International, 8 Step Model of Change
Quinn-Rorbaugh, Competing Values Framework

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