Monday, May 20, 2013

A Message of Change!

written by Jodi Tate (COO, Coldwell Banker Triad, Realtors)

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Our Iceberg is Melting is a short fiction story by John Kotter that I highly recommend reading. It is based on a community of emperor penguins and their home, the ICEBERG. The penguins must face a potentially life threatening disaster and they begin by burying their heads under their wings and grumbling really loudly! 

The story revolves around some big obstacles and even bigger heroic acts. Some of the main characters like “the Professor,” “Buddy,” and “NoNo” must take strong roles and lead to their strengths.

Before I go any further, let me emphasize how truly grateful I am for the team I work with each day, the stable community I live in, and the Clients we have the pleasure of serving. 

I also must emphasize the importance of looking for new and possible changes that can be implemented not only to remain cutting edge but to over come challenges. This is why I am constantly reading, studying other markets, and researching how to be better and stronger.

Back to the adventure….Once the discovery is made about the ICEBERG, lots of brainstorming begins to take place. Words/phrases like: Change, Urgency, Attitude, Team Work, Missed Opportunities, Clear Communication and Success began to show up frequently in the penguins’ conversations. 

Since I don’t want to ruin the story for anyone, I will move on to the 8 steps for successful change that were implemented in our story.

1.       Create Urgency- help others see and understand the need for change
2.       Pull Together- there is power in a group guiding change
3.       Decide on Strategies-research, brainstorm, and research some more
4.       Communicate for Buy In- Spread a message that inspires others to follow
5.       Empower Others to Act- Lead by example
6.       Produce and Recognize Short Term Wins- Small successes create momentum
7.       Don’t Let Up- Courage in the face of adversity
8.       Make It Stick- Practice and repetition lead to new methods and positive change

To review the main thoughts, we must reduce complacency and never let up! We must be curious and willing to try new ways! We must get involved and empower others! We must act together! We must recognize that change is necessary and courage is a must! Finally, We must communicate our message every day-- every where!

This story has a good outcome and is fun to read. This style book delivers a message that gets people thinking and DOING. Remembering to have a grateful heart, what can you try doing differently today? 


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