In their new book Change Anything, authors Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler, all affiliated with the consulting firm VitalSmarts, present research and insights about how to change bad personal habits. Readers of MIT Sloan Management Review may recognize this finding from an article called  "How to Have Influence," which was written by Grenny and Maxfield, along with Andrew Shimberg, and published in the Fall 2008 issue of MIT Sloan Managment Review.
In that article, which won MIT SMR's Richard Beckhard Memorial Prize, Grenny, Maxfield and Shimberg reported that executives who used a combination of four or more different influence strategies to try to change a "nagging organizational problem" were "10 times more likely to succeed than those who relied on a single source of influence" in their change attempts. To learn more about these six sources of influence within organizations, read "How to Have Influence."     To learn more tips about changing personal bad habits, here's more information about the book Change Anything. How Scenario Planning Influences Strategic DecisionsNew research finds scenario-based decision making helps increase executives’ strategic flexibility.
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With the idea of feedback-focused change, you can change an organization, one small step at a time.
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Oddly enough, a few days later, I had an opportunity to try another experiment using storytelling. Cause and purpose for change is a more compelling way to help people align to transformational change. Brock Argue tells us a story about they approached this problem, experiments they ran and what happened.


Learn how you can incorporate storytelling into change management by using a Storytelling Canvas. In Agile, we break them up into short iterations so we can create feedback loops to improve quickly. People need the confidence (efficacy expectations) that they can handle every twist if the situation begins to spin out of control.
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