Becoming the Catalyst

Many of the positive changes we will make with our teams will start with one person’s insight. Don’t leave that inspiration to chance. Set yourself up to make that insight more likely and learn what to do when you have it that will help you help your team grow.

It all begins with ourselves. More than we would like to believe, people tend to seek stability. How do we create the right environment within ourselves to be open to change, to realize there is room for improvement? How do we do this in a way that our primitive brain doesn’t find threatening? In order to become the catalyst, we first need to create an environment in which we can do the same thing to ourselves. That is much harder than it sounds. Being able to do so requires the right mindset, but how do you develop it? How do you recognize that it is needed? How do you open yourself up to change, embrace it, and incorporate experimentation into your own practice?

Having insight is not enough. While an insight might start with one person, change is a team activity. Once you recognize an opportunity, how do you share your insight with your team in a way that will be embraced instead of rejected? Do you understand the biases and fears that might cause resistance to your idea? Just as importantly, how do you time your proposals so that they have the highest likelihood of success?

In this talk, I will talk about 6 things that are necessary for you to do to create the conditions where change is possible. I’ll share anecdotes from my own experience promoting change within startups, agencies, and big companies. Drawn from diverse sources, such as BJ Fogg, Carol Dweck, Jocko Willink, and Ray Dalio, these 6 characteristics will help you effect change effectively.