Working with Sandy

Negotiating to Win-win During Change

Posted by on Nov 4, 2013

Negotiating to Win-win During Change

You are in the throes of negotiating organizational changes with high stakes and an aggressive timeframe. What can you do to ensure surety, even exit victoriously? Read these 4 actions that position you to win with a 'BIG W' while allowing the other team to also win with a 'small w'.

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How to Handle Bewitching Temptations During Organizational Change

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013

How to Handle Bewitching Temptations During Organizational Change

During organizational change, you can expect to meet many who hold strong views and who seem uninterested in anything but a monologue. How do we engage them in a dialogue? Here are 4 ways you can get yourself prepared to handle them.

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Impact of Holding Your Breath During Organizational Change

Posted by on Aug 11, 2013

Change resisters can quickly erode any effort or momentum in organizationa change, and even stop change in its tracks. So what can we do to turn change aversion around? Employ these 4 tools to get people on board.

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Learn Now. Learn Later. Develop Successful Organizational Change Skills Early.

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013

It is never to early to begin learning skills that are useful throughout your personal and professional life. Here are 2 opportunities via Northwestern University: The 39th Annual Career Day for Girls, and the National High School Institute.

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Step Out of the Shade and Into Your Talents

Posted by on May 15, 2013

As leaders, we may face situations where we cannot hire any more talent to ensure project success. How then can we work with what we have got? Ask these 4 questions of your current resource to uncover the many hidden talents among your leaders, team members, even within yourself.

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Get and Make a Living: [Insert Reward]. Give and Make a Life: Priceless

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013

Many who share their time and experience are often pleasantly surprised to receive much more than their perceived givings. Just where can I start if I am interested to enrich the lives of those around me? Check out these 3 actionable items to connect with someone.

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What to Ask the Person in the Mirror

Posted by on Jan 31, 2013

The higher you are in the company, the fewer opportunities exist for honest and direct feedback. So can you really know how you are doing as a leader? Robert Kaplan recommends self-assessing (reflecting on) your performance as a leader and manager. Find out how you can do so periodically!

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Donald Says Location. Sandy Says Communication.

Posted by on May 15, 2012

Relationship boundaries shift during organizational change, and effective communications to customers and employees matters more than ever. So what are effective engagement tactics, to communicate with our customers? Read these 5 steps to help your stakeholders though change.

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Surrounding Yourself With The Best – The Northern Trust Corporation

Posted by on Aug 15, 2011

Kudos to one of my clients, The Northern Trust Corporation, for being named one of America’s 500 best companies by Barron’s. I am quite proud to serve and partner with such an esteemed organization! http://webreprints.djreprints.com/1946660711156.html

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Engage. Resonate. Apply. Change.

Posted by on Apr 30, 2011

I am always grateful to learn when my presentations resonate with the audience. I’m hopeful that what the audience also takes away is the respect I have for their time. If you or your leadership team wants to discuss how to effectively lead change or manage change, let me know. Helping folks become better change leaders is tons of fun. Here’s an abbreviated version of feedback I received from a presentation I gave last week to a group of highly talented CIOs – all wanting to bolster their change leadership skills: "Sandy, I would like to thank you very much for all your time and efforts to prepare for and present your views on...

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