Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Wrapping a SCARF Around Maslow Can Lead to Real Change

I've spent a lot of time lately looking into the science of change and reflecting on whether or not the traditional change models actually work.  Change is no trivial matter and one thing that is for certain is that it is VERY difficult to change people's behaviours. 

Take for example heart attack victims - even in this case where there is compelling and potentially lifesaving reasons why people should change their diets following a heart attack the shocking fact is that only 1 in 9 people are actuially able to effect such a change.  So perhaps it is no wonder that so many change programmes in organisations fail (just how many actually fail is open to debate - some new reserach woudl be helpful in this space).

The good news is that there is hope out there in the scientific community.  One of the best writers and thinkers in the field is David Rock who has produced several tremendous "how to" books focused on personal, organisational and leadership change.  In this short video David introduces his SCARF model.  I will leave it to David to explain the acronym but what is fascinating is that research is suggesting that the classic Maslow pyramid of needs may need tweaked in a pretty fundamental especially in the context of "hygiene factors".  David suggest that what Maslow refered to as "Esteem" matters such as status and fairness are in fact more important to people than food!

This is pretty fascinating work and it just might be game changing for Leaders and HR professionals.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Why You Will Fail To Have a Great Career

Simple, funny and to the piont - passion in life, work and personal is critical to success - what are you passionate about?

Saturday, 10 March 2012

To Your Success

One of my fellow bloggers, Terrence Seamon, with whom I have spent several years on this blog journey has just published an interesting new book. When I heard Terrence say that the book is intended as a motivational guidebook for anyone who is 'in transition' searching for meaningful work I just had to find our more.
What were your motivations for writing the book?

Scott, Thanks for this opportunity to spread the message about my new book To Your Success! My motivation for writing the book is to help others who are in transition. Knowing that, here in the US, 14 million Americans are out of work and struggling to make ends meet and find their next position, I felt I needed to offer my input. My book is based primarily on my own experience of being downsized, going through the transition, and coming out stronger.
Who is it aimed at?

The book is aimed at those who are looking for work, as well as those who may be working right now but are unhappy and are seeking more meaningful work.

Why did you decide to self publish?

I decided to self publish because you can. I know that may sound flippant. But the publishing paradigm is shifting as we speak. In this new era of social networking, anyone who has a book inside of them can publish if they are motivated to do so.

If there was one message that you wanted people to take away from your book what would it be?

The one message I want people to take from my book is Believe In Yourself. Though it's tough, especially if you have been out of work for a while, you have to stay positive. You have to be enthusiastic about what you bring to the table.

Any further plans for a follow up?

Yes, I do have plans for a follow up. In fact, I have two books in mind. The next will be on leadership. Then will come the book on change. Stay tuned.

Terrence's book can be purchased here.