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Change Management Comes Down to a Simple Choice

As a motivational speaker, almost 9 out of 10 clients ask me to address change management. I’m honestly amazed at how many of my clients are freaked out about change. The change is real, and their pain is real. But the answer to their stress and unhappiness might be more simple than they think.scroll down for video

Check out two of my recent clients, both of whom are dealing with a ton of change.

Client 1:

  • Hired a Change Management Consulting Firm
  • Lots of analytics, measurements and surveys around prepping for change
  • Work culture is toxic
  • Huge exodus of people on all levels
  • Profitability is down

Client 2:

  • Focused on growth, profits and the future.
  • Feels a positive work culture is crucial to success.
  • Like Client 1, has had major changes in their technology, client base, and organizational structure. But they consider all of these things, “Challenges we are making progress on.”
  • Has a VERY positive and well-loved work culture
  • Profits are up
  • Growth up
  • Future is bright

Client 1 Is freaking out.

Client 2 has most of the same issues regarding change, but just considers constant adaption as part of their business.

So What is My Point?

What you focus on is where the power is! In order to stay relevant and profitable, every organization is going to have to adapt to changes in our markets, our technology, and even our employees. Change is just a given. You don’t have a choice regarding change, but you do have a choice in how you react to it. You can freak out. Or you can roll your sleeves up, get started, and move forward towards success.

Client 2’s focus is on epic culture, and epic customer experiences. That’s the focus. Yes, they have to constantly deal with sometimes HUGE changes, but for them it’s just part of their job.

The management at Client 1 is freaking out, and everybody on staff knows it. They feel unsettled and upset, and they are NOT doing well with productivity or profitability. They need to calm down, take a breath, and just get started with moving forward. I’m convinced that the very fact they are surveying and analyzing every person and every bit of their company is primarily telegraphing their anxiety to their staff.

It’s not easy, but it is simple. When it comes to change you either have to accept it as a constant part of your job, or … You need a new job.

Dealing with change is simple, but not easy. Do you want to get behind it? Or do you want it to happen to you?

Yes, I know I’ve over-simplified. Yes I know that sometimes you DO REALLY NEED a huge amount of study regarding workplace processes, structure and culture. But on the other hand, it isn’t THAT complicated. Change is the new constant, and if you let it freak you out you are not going to do well.

Take a breath, roll up your sleeves, and start chipping away at your new problems. Give into the fact that you’ll NEVER be “finished” with these problems. (If you ever do finish with these problems, you’ll be out of a job!) And see if you can find some joy in the phrase, “We’re working on it, and we feel like we are making progress.”

You can do this. You’ve got this. Now stop whining.

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Brad Montgomery is a business and motivational speaker based in Denver, Colorado. He speaks to the people side of business. Call today to bring him in to speak to your group about change.

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I’ve heard that it takes twenty-one days to make a habit, so I decided to try it out myself. I eventually decided to make the habit of exercising, specifically cardio. Exercise for me is one of those things that I know makes me happier and makes me feel better but I always come up with excuses not to do it because, quite honestly, after working sitting on the couch watching tv with my family or reading a book in bed sounds a lot more appealing than going for a run. So I got to thinking: how do I get myself to do the things that I don’t really want to do? The twenty-one day idea sounded like a good start.

scroll down for videoI am now on day twelve, but when I sat down to write this blog, I found with the help of google that the idea of it taking twenty-one days to form a habit is actually a myth. I kind of felt ripped off that I was more than half way through of what was supposed to be the formation of a habit of exercise. And then I sat down and thought: maybe it wasn’t all for nothing. Because when I contemplated not going out running for the night, two questions popped into my head. And now with further thought, these questions are ones that are essential in getting people to do things that they don’t really want to do.

 

  1. How are you going to feel after you do the thing you don’t want to do?
  2. How are you going to feel if you don’t do the thing you don’t want to do?

 

How do I feel after I exercise? I feel proud of myself. I just went out and exercised. I did it even though I don’t like exercising.

However, it is the second question that I believe to be the more important question. How would I feel if I didn’t go out and exercise one day? After all, I am more than halfway through my goal. When I asked myself that question today, I felt motivated again. It was a way to get me out off the sofa and out of the house. If I gave up today, if I had given up after even one day or five days, I would feel like crap and bad about myself. Both of those are enough motivators to get out out doing whatever it is I should be doing.

Doing things that can make you feel better about yourself isn’t just limited to healthy habits like exercising. You could make a special effort to say hi to everybody at work. You could make one more sales call every day, you could even interact more with your family. It’s not up to me to decide! Take the time to think to yourself about an action that will have an impact on yourself and those around you, and then ask yourself how you are going to feel after you do it and how you would feel if you didn’t do it. Those two questions are important!

Brad Montgomery is a professional motivator and speaker who uses various formats to engage audiences, including keynotes, break-outs, and more to different associations around the country. If you need a person who can connect with your audience, then Brad is your guy. He will make your audience laugh while teaching them valuable techniques increase productivity in the office. Call or email for a free consultation today!

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We just had one of our banking clients send us a bit of video from 5 or 6 years ago.  I was doing an all-staff meeting for a bank to help them with their transition to more of a sales culture (something many of my banking and credit union clients are struggling with.)

Check out the clip.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/vSyzjBySE2U”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It turns out that our thoughts and actions — our attitude — are more powerful than our “life circumstances” when it comes to shaping our happiness.

I see this as great news.  We are not at the mercy of our customers or members for happiness.  Or our boss.  Or our manager.  Or the weather.  Or even our health.

In the end we have a HUGE impact on weather or not we are happy.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]If you or your team need a reminder on HOW to be happy at work, give us a call at 303.691.0726   We can get started today.

 

Brad Montgomery is a business motivational speaker who speaks at meetings and conference around the world and across the USA.  One of his most popular topics is helping people harness the business value of happiness by utilizing simple techniques to improve our happiness in the workplace starting NOW.  Call today for a free consultation.  [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

I’m just back from doing my motivational speaker thing for a healthcare group in Farm-bureau-201247Georgia.

I thought the program went really well.… The audience came along nicely, the reviews were terrific, the valuations were flattering. But when I turned my camera onto my meeting planner he was kind enough to raise as well.

httpv://youtu.be/n6J0OFnJyns

If you are looking for a motivational speaker for your business audience or healthcare audience I would love to be your guy. Give us a call and we’ll talk about how we will customize a program just for you, your audience, their stresses, their joys, and most importantly what can be done to improve everybody’s performance.

Looking for a motivational speaker for your event? Contact me here.

Brad Montgomery
Top Motivational Speakers, Healthcare Speaker, Georgia Speaker

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I love being a speaker.  But sometimes being a Colorado speaker is exactly what the doctor orders.  No trip through Denver International, I get to  hve dinner with my wife and kids, and best of all, I learn from some of the coolest local foks my home state has to offer.

Check out this recent video of a program I did from some cool government folks up in the Colorado Rocky Mountains:

httpv://youtu.be/aoum4UVBZpI

For you folks who prefer to read, here’s the transcript to the video:

We often forget to laugh. We are overstressed and sometimes you are in that cycle where you are going, “I have so much to do. I can’t meet all the community demands” and this recognizes that we really do accomplish an enormous amount every day and it’s because of our kind hearts, our dedicated team and Brad helped elevate that energy and reminds us to laugh throughout the day, to recognize that we have a choice in the happiness and gave us some trigger points that we can institute this into our culture.

Hey it’s Brad Montgomery from BradMontgomery.com. I just was a motivational speaker for Eagle County, Colorado for the Health & Human Services. Oh, it was a blast; really great people doing hard work. They are underappreciated. They are overworked, they are under everything yet they’ve got one of the most important jobs in their county and it was just an absolute pleasure to be part of their team. Actually the feedback was pretty good so check it out. Thanks.

Brad Montgomery – A Humorist and Motivational Speaker Who Will Bring Laughter To Your Organization

“For this meeting we brought in Brad Montgomery, a humorist and motivational speaker. He made us laugh, he made us recognize the great work that we do every day that serves our community at large and gave thanks to our great team members for their passion, excitement, dedication and commitment to community. I encourage all government agencies, especially Health & Human Services with the demanding stress loads and diminishing resources to bring Brad Montgomery in to really help raise the energy, remind us to laugh and recognize the great work that our team does every day.”

Yours,
Brad Montgomery
Motivational Speaker, Humorist, Seminar Leader

Looking for a motivational speaker for your event? Contact me here.

I recently did some work with a wonderful government audience in California.  They had me do my all day happiness at work seminar called Laugh-O-Nomics™.  We did everything from motivation, to collaboration, to team building and facilitation.  I was there a full day, but it felt like about 90 minutes … It was fun.

Check out this testimonial.

 

Looking for a happiness motivational speaker for your event? Contact me here.

Yours,
Brad Montgomery
Team Building Speaker, Humorist, Seminar Leader

For you folks who prefer to read, here’s the transcript to the video:

Sandia National Labs Testimonials

So to anybody that might be looking for a motivational speaker to come out to your event we would highly recommend Brad. He did a fantastic job and I feel like we all left with the feeling that happiness is an attitude and that you choose happiness and I would highly recommend him for any job that you might have.

Brad is a Funny Motivational Speaker

Brad was not only funny and entertaining, he had strong motivational skills. He made sure to speak to people asking what they wanted, what their organization was about, what was important to them. He also turned around and was very interactive with the crowd. Was he dirty? No, he really tried to stay away from that even though he wanted to. He wanted to ****. No, kidding, kidding. He actually paid strong attention to what we needed as an organization.

I think he really helped us understand that we have the choice of whether we want to be happy or not and we need to really focus on taking that happiness with us at home and at work and that it’s possible to actually enjoy your job and be happy at work.

So, it was an event that we were hosting to hopefully boost the morale and reinvigorate our group of professionals to get them re-motivated and enthusiastic about their jobs. There was a lot of laughter, everybody was having a good time; got a lot of positive feedback. People seemed to be really enjoying themselves and also had them thinking and so Brad, one of the things that Brad helped with was we had to create the balloon animals, where the, or the balloon statue, where we all had to interact with each other and work together to create something within a matter of a few minutes and it worked out really well. As a team, it promoted teamwork and there was a lot of laughter. Everybody was having a good time. It was really engaging. I think that was one of the best parts about it, other than the things we will take home with us.

Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes to motivational speakers when they’re working?   Check out this (admittedly) home made video of a job I just did in Alabama for the DAU.   (Defense Acquisition University.)   They asked me to be their military speaker and present a funny speech for their hard working group.

Check out this 3 min. video to see what a fairly typical date is like for me:

What’s my point? I’m not sure I have one.  But I can tell you this:   defense acquisition universitymotivational speakers work hard.  The travel, preparation and details can be taxing.  But what we get out of it (at least for the good speakers) is way more than a pay check.    We have fun.  I know I did.

Are YOU looking for a funny motivational speaker?  I’d love to be your guy.    Go to the contact page. (Even if you don’t have a space shuttle next door.)

Learn more about my speaking for military audiences.

Brad Montgomery
Funny Motivational Speaker, Military Speaker, Alabama Speaker, Guy Who Loves His Job

Related:
Some testimonials from DAU about my work as a military speaker. Go there now.
See the military speaker testimonial on YouTube
More info about what I offer military and related audiences. Go there now.
See the same Behind the Scenes of a Motivational Speaker video (above) on YouTube.

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