Dave Gardner’s “Thank God It’s Monday” 19SEP11

“Thank God It’s Monday” is to help companies thrive!

This week’s focus: leadership

In an Austin elevator this week, I overheard 2 gentlemen talking about a need for organizational change.  One gentleman said, “Well if they don’t go for the carrot, we’ll just have to bring out the stick.”

I exited the elevator shaking my head. Did they really believe this is the best approach for achieving enduring change?

Enduring change is created by engaging with stakeholders–the people who have to live day in and out with the change–in a meaningful way that captures and incorporates their feedback and is responsive to their needs.

The carrot or stick may result in compliance but fails to help the people, department or the company thrive.

Thought for the week:

“Heroic leadership…a restless, countercultural instinct to keep challenging the status quo.” – Chris Lowney, Heroic Leadership

What do you think? I welcome your blog comments!


Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting


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