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Getting Beyond the Wall of Resistance

Did you ever wonder why so many changes in your organization failed? If so, you’re not alone. 70% of all major changes inside organizations fail. For instance, new strategies that result in reorganizations, merger integration, quality improvement efforts, and new software systems.

Of course failed changes are costly in dollars, but they also create missed opportunities, damaged reputations, and increased cynicism among staff. You may have heard people mutter, “Here we go again. It’s just another flavor of the month.”


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About the Author

Rick Maurer is a renowned change management expert, speaker, and bestselling author. He is an advisor to business leaders from a variety of organizations throughout the world, including major Fortune 500 companies, as well as private and nonprofit institutions in industries such as aerospace, healthcare, government, professional associations, telecommunications, and finance. Rick’s opinion has been sought by The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Investor’s Business Daily, Fortune, USA Today, and The Economist. To read Rick’s complete biography, click here.

Leadership Inspirations – Putting First Things First

“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”

Steven R. Covey
Renown leadership author, most notably known for The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

7 Ways to Deal With a Negative Boss

If you are bursting with good ideas, but your boss always rejects suggestions out of hand, it’s very hard to stay positive and continue to think creatively. What can you do to keep your own creative spirit alive, and try to bring about positive changes in spite of the negative atmosphere?


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About the Author

Alex Hiam (www.alexhiam.com) is the author of more than 20 popular books on business, including Business Innovation For Dummies, Marketing For Dummies, and Marketing Kit for Dummies. A lecturer at the business school at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, he has consulted with many Fortune 500 firms and large U.S. government agencies.

StrategyDriven Podcast Special Edition 41 – An Interview with Susan Bagyura, author of The Visionary Leader

StrategyDriven Podcasts focus on the tools and techniques executives and managers can use to improve their organization’s alignment and accountability to ultimately achieve superior results. These podcasts elaborate on the best practice and warning flag articles on the StrategyDriven website.

Special Edition 41 – An Interview with Susan Bagyura, author of The Visionary Leader explores how to lead one’s employees to have a success-focused mindset and then translate that mindset into the actions that will not only move the organization forward but also help it achieve greater levels of success. During our discussion, Susan Bagyura, author of The Visionary Leader: How To Inspire Success From The Top Down shares with us her insights and illustrative examples regarding:

  • what is a Visionary Leader
  • observable benefits Visionary Leaders realize
  • characteristics and personality traits of Visionary Leaders, including their observable behaviors
  • how Visionary Leaders link the organization’s goals with those of individual employees and then maintain accountability for their achievement
  • key actions individuals should take to become Visionary Leaders
  • challenges Visionary Leaders may encounter when working with individuals who are positionally senior or more experienced and how to overcome these obstacles

Additional Information

In addition to the invaluable insights Susan shares in The Visionary Leader and this special edition podcast are the resources accessible from her websites, www.TheVisionaryLeader.com and www.SusanBagyura.com.   Susan’s book, The Visionary Leader, can be purchased by clicking here.

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About the Author

Susan Bagyura is author of The Visionary Leader. With over twenty-five years of sales, marketing, and entrepreneurial experience, Susan works with clients to attract, motivate and develop their employees, starting with the leadership team and then going throughout the organization. Her coaching and consulting practice is centered on helping small businesses grow by increasing sales and profits, improving communications, and reducing staff attrition. To read Susan’s complete biography, click here.

The Truth Behind Disappearing Office Supplies

New Survey Reveals “Supply-Jackers” in Offices Nationwide, Why Working Americans Pilfer Supplies, and the Struggle Professionals Go Through to Protect Their Favorites

It happens all the time. You open a brand new package of your favorite pens. The quality, design, and color are just right. The day comes and goes and then suddenly, the pen is gone, never to be seen or written with again. According to the new survey OfficeMax Workplace Undercover Survey, employed Americans are no strangers to this scenario, as supplies in their workspaces go missing quite often. Working Americans admit they take supplies from the office for their personal use at home or hold on to borrowed products they should have returned to their colleagues. But when their favorite supplies aren’t at their disposal, their workday suffers. When such productivity is put into question, the office supply enthusiast knows no bounds. They go the distance to keep their loot safe, from placing them in a special drawer to covering the item in labels sharing their contact information.


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About OfficeMax

OfficeMax Incorporated (NYSE: OMX) is a leader in both business-to-business office products solutions and retail office products. The OfficeMax mission is simple. We help our customers do their best work. The company provides office supplies and paper, in-store print and document services through OfficeMax ImPress®, technology products and solutions, and furniture to businesses and individual consumers. OfficeMax customers are served by more than 30,000 associates through direct sales, catalogs, e-commerce and approximately 1,000 stores. To find the nearest OfficeMax, call 1-877-OFFICEMAX. For more information, visit www.officemax.com.

About Kelton Research

Kelton Research is a full service global insights firm with offices in Los Angeles and New York, and is America’s fastest growing Market Research Consultancy. Serving as strategic partner to more than 100 of the Fortune 500 and thousands of smaller companies and organizations, Kelton Research utilizes a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies to drive tactical recommendations for clients. For more information about Kelton Research services, please call toll-free 1.888.8.KELTON or visit www.keltonresearch.com.