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“There is nothing permanent except change.”
~ Heraclitus






“Change is often rejuvenating, invigorating, fun…. and necessary.”
~ Lynn Povich






"To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch... to know even one life has breathed easier because
you have lived.
This is to have succeeded!"
~ Emerson.

That success is a driving goal and inspiration for us at Coaching the Waves.

Today we face many challenges throughout Corporate America as a result of a command and control approach to managing our teams and employees. A system has been created that institutionalizes finding and making people wrong vs. finding and making people right.

A change must be made to evolve ourselves and our businesses from a Command and Control Approach to an Enhanced Performance Approach. The results of making this shift are very compelling, based on a Harvard Study conducted by Kotter and Hesket in 1992.

Performance Measure Study Performance Enhanced Culture Command & Control Culture
Employment   Growth
Stock Price   Growth
Net-Income   Growth
(footnote Kotter and Hasket Study, 1992)

The characteristics of individuals and businesses engaged in an Enhanced Performance Culture are:
  • Committed to winning the hearts and minds of people

  • Serve all stakeholders in the organizational in an equal and balanced fashion

  • Aligned and committed to common goals, values, and vision
  • Receptive to change

  • Responsive to opportunity

  • Dedicated to creativity and risk taking

  • Provide an encouraging environment that builds confidence and high morale

  • Provide a high-trust environment where problems are identified and confronted

  • Build a culture of supportive and enthusiastic people who are rewarded for their initiative

  • Emphasize fairness, integrity, and doing the right thing

Ken Blanchard and Stephen Covey give us the following message:

“Being heard in a workplace is as important on the emotional level as breathing is on the physical level.”

The sense of urgency implied in that
statement is chilling.

Are you ready to pursue a Performance Enhanced Culture for you and your team?

“And if not now, when?”
~ Talmud