Why People Do Not Change

How can so many companies today invest millions into training, coaching, and consulting, yet so few of them obtain the change they seek? The answer is that they are missing the center of their problem. The ONLY thing that changes results is behavior. According to Dr. Wyatt Woodsmall, there are four reasons that people resist change. He calls them “chance to,” “how to,” “want to,” and “able to.” 1. Chance to: Systems problem – It first starts outside of the individual by measuring objectives and metrics. Improvement also needs to happen through the interaction of the parts of the systems. For example, the culture needs to support the change. If you don’t change the culture, the culture will ultimately undo …

VIDEO: Chris Yonker Speaks on Spiritual Energy and Core Values

In this video Chris Yonker explores the idea of spiritual energy with an excerpt from the book “The Power of Full Engagement” by Jim Loeher and Tony Schwartz. He talks of spiritual energy not in the context of religion, but as a connection to a deeply held set of values and a purpose beyond our own self-interest. What is your life purpose? What do you hold as your personal value? Replenishing our spiritual energy is a vital resource in our lives and an area where many executives and entrepreneurs tend to not delve deeply enough. How will you take your unique strengths and assets and invest them in others in a greater way? That is what spiritual energy is about.

VIDEO: Chris Yonker Speaks on Organizational Health – Part 1

In this video, Chris Yonker talks about the importance of organization Health. In the masterful book, The Advantage, by Patrick Lencioni he says that organization help “trumps everything”. Chris uses the example of a dysfunctional family. In a family where there are continual breakdowns, what is the environment like? How will children of a family like this be sent into the world? Leadership in an organization is no different. How an organization overcomes challenges is directly affected by the functionality of the business. Often times, organizational health is overlooked because people are too close to the problem. Or they don’t know how to fix it, or it’s too hard or uncomfortable. We’re not built to overcome these challenges in a …

Coaching the C-Suite

I recently came across an article in Fortune Magazine about Tony Robbins, “The CEO Whisperer,” which goes into detail about Robbins’ unique approach to coaching C-Suite executives and the impact his work has had on many multi-billion dollar companies. The article states that “his ability is to help successful people not only take their performance to the next level, but also find personal fulfillment in the process.” Further, it emphasizes the importance of finding the right coach to propel you toward success–especially as a C-Suite executive. Part of Robbins’ ascent to the level of personal success and mastery he has achieved can be attributed to being mentored by highly skilled individuals such as John Grinder and Wyatt Woodsmall (whom I’ve …

Rules of the Ball Park: A Lesson on Standards from Fenway

This past weekend, my wife and I enjoyed some time at Fenway. During the game, we made two trips to the counter to get a glass of wine. Jolie and I were both asked for ID each time that we went to the counter. Not only were we carded, but everyone was carded. When I say everyone, I don’t just mean everyone that may have appeared on the younger side, but also the gentleman with the cane who was clearly over sixty. This may seem like a lot of needless work and energy wasted, not to mention time in the teeming lines of the ball park. So, why? The answer is simple. It’s their policy. The sign clearly states it: …