Archive for April, 2010

General Election – Change lessons no2

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

There really are a number of key points businesses can learn from this process if they want to effect Change in their business.  Today, I’d like to talk about perhaps the core issue – the W.I.F.M factor.  Everyone wants to know, before they vote, What is In it For Me?”   People are guided by their perception of their own interests and who helps them and who threatens them.  Rich people are unlikely to vote for a high tax party whereas poorer ones might be appealed to by a redistribution platform.  In your business it is just the same; you have to understand how your people will perceive your ideas and make sure that they see and feel the benefits.

If the voters (or your people) don’t believe you, or don’t believe that voting will change anything, guess what?  Nobody bothers to vote.  If, like me, you live somewhere that is a ‘safe’ seat for one party, then you probably feel that your vote makes no difference, and you may not bother, unless you want to send a message to someone.

I’d like to think we are on the verge of a political breakthrough, but whether this happens or not, there is no reason you shouldn’t learn from this process and benefit.

General Election – Change Lessons

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

I confess to being one of the 30% who hasn’t decided; I think Labour has shown a lack of answers and leadership going into the campaign, I don’t think the Tories are up to it, and the  LibDems just are never going to be a serious alternative. I find myself thinking a ”A plague on all your houses!”  However, like it or not things are changing before our very eyes.  The TV debates are having a real impact; the online polls are providing real time feed back; the new social media are able to give voice to us, the little people.

I confess to never having voted for either Tories or Labour, but this time if I vote LibDem again it is purely a vote for change

So what does this teach me about Change?

  • That once you mobilise the grass roots the few at the top have to listen
  • That new technology must be embraced and used to serve your cause
  • That sometimes you can’t get to the right solution in one step and you have to simply back the people most likely to change the chemistry of the environment
  • To effect change you need momentum
  • Communication is the heart of Change
  • You need more than two options to do anything more than swing to & fro



Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

I know that all of our lives have ups and downs but we seem to be on a rollercoaster ride.  In my last blog, I talked about being forced to stop.  Last week, it got even worse; I had a stupid cold and could barely keep my eyes open.  I spent a week sleeping blowing and blinking!  I began to wonder if I’d ever feel like me again.

I had a busy week planned this week and was worried that I simply couldn’t do it all.  However, with Monday’s dawn, my energy came back and I cleaned, I cooked, I entertained and I felt like me again! 

I realise that this journey will have many more ups and downs for us all, but today, I feel I’m in a more stable place and if not in control, at least able to accept that the waiting too can be part of the journey, can be positive, can be part of the healing too.  Sometimes when you can do nothing, accepting that is the best thing you can do!

I embrace emerging experience.
I participate in discovery.
I am a butterfly.
I am not a butterfly collector.
I want the experience of the butterfly.     
William Stafford

Stopping is a change too

Monday, April 12th, 2010

For probably the first time in my life, I’ve stopped.  I don’t mean I’m a taking a holiday, or something like that, I mean stopped.  About a month back I had a little medical ‘episode’ and since then I have not been able to drive and things have ground to a halt.  It may have been a delayed reaction to Carys’ death.  So I decided that if the Universe required me stop, maybe I’d better take the hint. 

Like many business owners, even when I’m not working, I’m usually thinking about it, and there is a business angle to most of the things I do too.  As a homeowner there are always loads of jobs to be done, and as parent, well don’t talk to me about that!  Well, for the best part of a month now there has been none of this, and oddly, when I have made plans, as often or not, they have fallen through.

It is a very odd feeling, and seemingly, the more one does it, the less one wants to do.  It is a slightly strange and scary place and the world becomes a much smaller place.

Mostly Life doesn’t give us such obvious breaks and pauses, but they can be very important, in the same way as winter is a key season in the growing cycle, sometimes in order to change, we need to do nothing.  Mostly we resist this, or fill in these spaces.  Perhaps today might be a day for you to stop too….