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Real Change Only Happens when We Have the Right Support [Video]

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Are your leaders performing at their best? Are they promoting the company culture and supporting the employees? Are they engaged? Are they encouraging employee engagement in the front-line employees?

It’s worth taking time to truly consider how to bring the right behavioral changes to your leaders. That is why I am recommending the article “Coaching for Behavioral Change” by Marshall Goldsmith.

The Right Environment Is Essential

We need to make sure that we set up the right environment for leaders who are working at real change. I often talk with leaders about how the brain works differently under stress.

I am sure all of you have some hot buttons – we all do. When those buttons are pressed, you have to fight the urge to let it out. Working hard at this, we can often catch ourselves on the brink and hold it back. However, on the wrong day at the wrong time from the wrong person, we can lose it and say things we truly wish we could take back.

Employee EngagementIf you truly want to see how the emotional part of the brain can rob us of our ability to perform, consider The Haney Project with basketball player Charles Barkley. Barkley probably had the ugliest golf swing in the world, but with 6 weeks in the gym hitting balls under the tutelage of Hank Haney, he was striping his driver 320 yards down the middle with a perfect tight draw.

When he was taken to the golf course to try his new swing out in real conditions, guess what happened? You got it! The old swing came out of the bag and he duffed it off the tee.

To understand this, you need to dig into neuroscience and understand how the brain works. My video on the ‘Walking the Plank’ exercise is a great demonstration of this:

I would also highly encourage you to watch this video of a man trying to ride a bike with a handle bar that caused the bike to turn left when he turns the handle to the right and vice versa. Change is hard!

It’s important to put the right environment in place and reduce stress for your leaders and employees if you want to see real change.


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Written by Dwight Lacey

Dwight Lacey

Dwight is the President at Workplace Engagement Insights. He leads Workplace Engagement Insights with a clear understanding of the latest employee engagement research, survey best practices, and leadership styles that create successful businesses.

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