Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Bill Joiner’s Leadership Agility® Blog

Continued writing with occasional podcasts on Leadership Agility, the research-based book on stages of personal and leadership development. This blog captures and extends the book's key ideas; shares new insights, research, and applications from client work; and shows how Leadership Agility relates to current issues.  Comments welcome!  You can also follow Bill on Twitter: @leaderagility

How to Shift from Blame to Learning

December 9, 2015 by

When things don’t go well in organizational life, it is ever so easy to react by blaming others. For example, we may have a difficult conversation with a co-worker who seems, again, to dismiss our point of view. We wind up feeling “unheard,” frustrated, and possibly even insulted. We react (inwardly, if not outwardly) by […]

How to use the Leadership Agility Compass

October 6, 2015 by

The Leadership Agility Compass is a graphic tool developed by ChangeWise, that emerged from the 5 years of intensive research and writing I did for the book, Leadership Agility.  When you know how to use it, it’s a tool that can make any leadership initiative you undertake more effective. Our research on Leadership Agility found that the […]

Do your Direct Reports Work together like a Real Team? Do they need to?

October 4, 2015 by

In today’s companies, groups of direct reports are often called “teams.”  Yet, quite frequently, they either don’t function as true teams, or they don’t engage in the level of teamwork needed to optimize their performance.  Many “teams” might be more accurately called “staffs,” implying a group that serves as an extension of the manager to whom […]

The Power of Integrative Thinking

September 28, 2015 by

In her classic book, The Change Masters, Harvard Business School Professor, Rosabeth Kanter, found that the key difference between truly innovative change leaders and those who focused only on incremental change came down to two different mindsets. The innovative leaders – those who succeeded in leading change projects that crossed boundaries and addressed formerly unseen […]

Three Questions to Frame Change Initiatives

September 16, 2015 by

“Framing” an organizational change initiative means setting the context – clarifying fundamental questions about what the change is about and why it’s worth the time, effort and resources it will take to get from here to there.  It means being clear about these issues in one’s own mind and communicating this frame to the initiative’s […]

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