ChangeWorks Basic Guide Project — HHH

Hi, Everyone!

Recently, the ChangeWorks Analysts began working on a new project — the development of an introductory level, self-reading ChangeWorks mini-experience for individuals new to the concepts of tension management. We envision this could take the form of a short booklet, an interactive online experience — and perhaps a smart phone app.

How does it work?

The reader is asked to think of a single situation they’re currently facing and rate their levels of Ability, Challenge and Importance as Low, Moderate or High. Based on their answers, they are directed to a specific page where they will find a very basic reading. We hope this will provide the reader with valuable insights and motivate them to contact a ChangeWorks Professional for a thorough and comprehensive reading of a fully customized ChangeGrid.

As part of this project, Analysts are asked to contribute their insights into each of 9 key areas on the ChangeGrid. Their active participation earns them contributor status on the finished project.

The first area of the ChangeGrid we’re exploring is High Ability / High Challenge / High Importance — and here’s what the professionals participating in the project have shared so far:

High Ability / High Challenge / High Importance

What is the Upside of this area?

You’re confident and committed — engaged in the activity and executing your action plan. (T)

I want to do this. I need to do this. I must do this. I will do this. If it is to be, it is up to me! (T)

This is a great place for high accomplishment, maximum growth, and tremendous personal and professional development. (Thornton Prayer)

Your concentration and energy are focused like the sun by a magnifying glass.  That can help you to put all the needed heat to keep things going.  (Bryan Dilts)

This is a great place for highly focused action, getting things done, and achieving your goals. (Paul Plamondon)

The task and my motivation are in synch and I am focused. (Steve Snyder)

“High”… gives the upside of sharp focus, the ability to perform at a high level and ignore distractions. (Joe Norwood)

“High” gives us the opportunity to perform at a high level without distraction. (Joe Norwood)

The upside is clarity of purpose. (Eugenia Kaneshige)

Activities are ‘attacked’ with a confidence (maybe overconfidence) and perhaps at the expense of relationships.  There is incredible energy and enthusiasm about getting things done. (Peter Popovich)

What is this area a great place for?

This is a great place for closing a sale, making a definitive, bottom-line choice. (T)

This is a great place for meeting challenges where we are faced with myriad and diverse challenges. (Joe Norwood)

Great place for taking something to the next level. In the flow. (Steve & Suzi Snyder)

Focusing on a known problem and eliminating it, or putting together and using a specific system that can be used to drive growth and profits. (Bryan Dilts)

This is a great place for developing a start-up, building or expanding a division/strategic initiative, or undertaking a major new challenge like training for a marathon. (Thornton Prayer)

This is a great place for starting that new business, for finishing your latest project, for buying a new house, for making anything happen that you want to happen. (Paul Plamondon)

A great place for focusing on the task at hand. (Steven Magnall)

Engaging your talents and harvesting results. (Sairamesh Govindaraj)

It is a great place for self-actualization and dreams coming true. (Eugenia Kaneshige)

Leadership during times of major change (like right now) and complexity.  When a confident and ‘can do’ attitude is needed. (Peter Popovich)

What is the Downside of this area?

Your ability is being put to the test by the challenge you currently face — and you risk the chance that you may not succeed. But you WILL grow. (T)

If you find yourself under pressure in this situation, your confidence could come across as arrogance and your commitment as obsession — so absorbed by the task that you become oblivious to the people around you. (T)

You may find yourself so driven that you ignore input from others and steamroll your way past suggestions that could make a big difference. (Bryan Dilts)

The cost of getting what you want may be way too high in terms of fractured relationships and ability to work with a group in the future. (Steve & Suzi Snyder)

Tendency to overlook opportunities that are not at the center of our focus. (Joe Norwood)

The downside is that you may blind yourself to more effective alternatives, step into unnecessarily dangerous situations, or dismiss worthwhile contributions of other people. (Thornton Prayer)

Sometime you can’t see the obvious. (Suzi Snyder)

The downside – you cut yourself off from others and forget to ask for help. OR you involve others and become authoritarian, brash, and harsh as you attempt to guide them. (Paul Plamondon)

You lose a sense of life balance, and develop health problems. (Paul Plamondon)

You may be so engaged in deploying your talents that your blind spots become oblivious.(Sairamesh Govindaraj)

If your perception is not shared by those around you, you may alienate yourself and produce failure. (Dan Latch)

The downside could be tunnel vision.  Or, you could be overestimating your ability or underestimating the challenge, in which case there is the risk of broken dreams and unfulfilled desires. (Eugenia Kaneshige)

‘Collateral damage’  Relationships can suffer.  There is a tendency to not take time to engage the whole team and organization and others. (Peter Popovich)

What recommendations would you give the individual plotting in this area?

Stay on the course you’ve chosen — but be alert to how those around you are being affected. (T)

Remind yourself of the people in your life/work that could be helping you…and ask them for help. (Paul Plamondon)

Take a few deep breaths and ask yourself, “What if it’s otherwise?” (Steve Snyder)

Segment your effort to focus on activities in different areas of the ChangeGrid. (Joe Norwood)

You may want to check with others and pay attention to their perceptions or risk losing their support.  (Dan Latch)

Don’t forget life balance. Find ways of continuing to build healthy relationships, maintain your personal health, and find time for recreation. (Paul Plamondon)

Ask others for feedback on  their perception of how you are doing. (Suzi Snyder)

Stay focused on the task(s) at hand while developing the awareness that other ideas, resources, and people can support you and your goals. (Thornton Prayer)

Keep in mind the people who are helping you and make sure and really evaluate their input.  However, don’t get stuck in committee paralysis. Now IS the time to act, keep that focus so you won’t be sidetracked. (Bryan Dilts)

Develop self-awareness of your abilities to deal with task and people in your environment through active feedback & feed forward the inputs to show you are really engaged meaningfully.(Sairamesh Govindaraj)

Consider what question got you there in the first place and change that question. (TWW)

I would recommend getting a coach and a mentor.  If it’s important enough, but the challenge is high, you can benefit from both, no matter how high your ability, and the investment should be worth it to you.  Even Tiger Woods has a coach. (Eugenia Kaneshige)

Pay attention to what is happening around you.  Don’t forget your team/partners – bring them into the process.  You will need them when things get back to ‘normal.’  Stay aware and awake at what is happening around you (stay in the present).  Notice. (Peter Popovich)

Participation in this project is open to all Gold Team members.  If you aren’t able to join us for our regular Tuesday 12N EST calls, you can still be a part of the project. Just send me an email with your answers to the four questions — and be sure your answers are stated in FULL SENTENCES followed by your name in parentheses (saves me mucho tiempo!) Also, if you’ve already contributed your insights and would like to expand upon or edit what you’ve provided, just send me an email with your revisions.

So what would YOU like to add? Do you agree with the statements that have been contributed? Are there any changes you’d like to suggest?



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