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Category Archive: Leading change efforts

What quitting smoking can teach about managing change

Posted on Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 at 1:25 pm by Gary Winters

As of today, it has been 300 days since I’ve smoked a cigarette. I have smoked during three different periods in my life, the first of which began when I was 16 and lasted about thirteen years. Back then, I started smoking hoping it would help me “fit in” with my friends – almost all […]


The More Things Change

Posted on Monday, July 11th, 2011 at 11:50 am by Gary Winters

It’s been widely observed and generally accepted that the world is changing at a faster clip than ever, and that the rate of change is accelerating. What’s not changing, however, is our capacity to absorb it, deal with it, and integrate it. We still do it the same old-fashioned human way as our ancestors did […]


Managing Change: A Simple Technique to Build Momentum

Posted on Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 at 3:38 pm by Gary Winters

In their new book, Switch: How To Change Things When Change Is Hard, authors Chip and Dan Heath cite some fascinating research about a car wash promotion that has big implications for leaders of change efforts. This little gem of a story offers what I believe is a little known, but very simple technique to […]


The Health Care Debate Brings Out The Best and The Worst in Leadership

Posted on Thursday, September 10th, 2009 at 1:17 pm by Gary Winters

The national debate over health care reform is bringing out the best – and the worst – in political leadership. It’s not surprising that Americans increasingly distrust their leaders. What is often called “loyal opposition” is engaged in a calculated attempt to use the health care issue as a way to derail the President and […]