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Seven Styles of Leading through Change
and Crisis  - April 28

Discover your strengths and strategies to emerge
stronger during crisis

CQ® Virtual
Certification Program

June 1 - July 15

Learn to lead through change and crisis

Early bird savings of $500 ends April 30

Change Intelligent Strategies to Lead Yourself and Your Team through the COVID-19 Crisis – and Beyond
During the stress of any change, let alone a global pandemic, your IQ goes down. Building our CQ®, or Change Intelligence®, is like putting our own oxygen mask on – we breath, get the oxygen flowing back to our brains, and remember that we have options to lead through even the most challenging of times – and the more options we have, the more power we have.
To empower you to lead through this COVID-19 crisis, and beyond, I invite you to view the recording of a CQ webinar I conducted with the Human Capital Institute on “Leading through the A.R.C.s of Change.” In it, I offer tangible tactics you can apply on-the-job today to leverage three factors that neuroscience shows get threatened during crisis, but which are levers you can positively influence as a leader-at-any-level:

  • This crisis negatively impacts our sense of Autonomy, because so much is out of our control, and unwanted changes are forced upon us. Learn how you can “equip the Hands” by facilitating processes for people to come together to co-design new ways to work in our continually evolving new reality.

  • How the COVID crisis negatively impacts our sense of Relatedness is obvious, through the need for social distancing and remote working. Learn how you can “engage the Heart” by fostering social connection and a sense of psychological safety in our new virtual workplace.

  • Perhaps most threatening is how this crisis negatively impacts our sense of Certainty, because it’s short-term spread and long-term impacts are fundamentally unknowable and unpredictable. Learn how to “enlighten the Head” by reframing conversations from fear-based to future-focused and re-tuning into core mission and values.   

The good news is that there are ways that we can lead through this crisis that can increase our sense of Autonomy, Relatedness, and Certainty.  When we lead in this way, fear/threat reactions are reduced, so we can begin to focus less on the danger, and more on the opportunity that may be possible. During the hour-long webinar, I share specific strategies to help yourself and others separate autonomic, unconscious, knee-jerk reactions from more adaptive responses – which will help us all progress up the second A.R.C. of change:

  • We’ll start with ourselves – and explore how each of us can cope with the stress of this crisis and develop even more personal Resilience.

  • We’ll discover how to support our teams – to transition from isolation to engagement, pessimism to positivity, and angst to Agility.

  • And then finally we’ll broaden the dialogue to explore how to set-up our organizations – to inspire a growth versus fixed collective mindset, position this crisis as an opportunity to build change skills for now and the future, and to accelerate transformation towards an even more change-Capable culture. 

Bottom line – please join me for a replay of this learning experience, to build Agility, Resilienceand Capability to lead through this crisis, and beyond. 

Here’s one tactical tool from the webinar you can use right now: S.I.F.T. through the messages you’re receiving. You know to be mindful of what food you eat and what to put into your body. We also need to watch our diet of the information we ingest – what you eat may be eating you. Limit your exposure – not just to the virus, but to what’s viral. Literally, your immune system goes down under stress, so just as you limit exposure by the physical things we are doing like social distancing and hand washing, limit your exposure to what can damage your immune system by being a selective consumer of news. Leadership guru Seth Godin also advises us to curate our content. He says that “staying ‘up-to-date’ is a scam and a trap - do the work instead” – I agree. Make the conscious choice to S.I.F.T.: Stop; Investigate the source; Find better coverage; Test for validity. Five to fifteen minutes a day from a legitimate source is all you need.

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    successful, sustainable change

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"The real-life case studies, interactive exercises, individual coaching and group facilitation action plans provided me a ton of value - way beyond what's in the book, and way more than I expected!  I began using the new tools the very next day with my clients.  They 'got' the simple yet powerful process right away, and within a month we're seeing amazing results!"

Join Dr. Barbara Trautlein creator of the CQ® System for Developing Change Intelligence® at these events 

Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP) Ignitor Webinar – The Power of Virtual Coaching in Supporting Leaders through Disruptive Change
May 6, 8-9:30 a.m. CDT

Change Leadership Conversations Webcast Series
April 20-May 29, 2020

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference
Pre-Conference Workshop
San Diego, CA - June 28

Human Capital Institute Learning and Leadership Development Conference
Boston, MA – September 21-23 

International Management Studies (IMS)
Virtual and in-person events for 11 regions in the US and Canada throughout 2020!


How can I start building my Change Intelligence today? 

Visit www.ChangeCatalysts.com and download two free chapters of the book.  Check out our many case studies and client testimonials! 

Read the except of Change Intelligence published in Training Magazine

What's my CQ?  How can my team/organization develop our collective CQ to lead successful and sustainable change?

Check out the CQ Certification Process, and email me at btrautlein@changecatalysts.com to start your journey. 

Interested in having Barbara speak for your company or organization? 

Visit www.ChangeCatalysts.com/Speaking to learn more. 

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