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About Richard Derwent Cooke

Author photoRichard Derwent Cooke is a change mentor working with business leaders and specialises in helping people find creative ways to approach, consider, and resolve problems. He helps with teams that need a new focus or want to find new and more effective ways of working together. His specialty is helping business leaders clarify their thinking and planning, and bringing objective and creative challenge to their process. Richard's background includes 17 years' experience as a professional change agent, 30 years as a chartered accountant and more than 30 years working with blue-chip, international corporations. He is a qualified NLP practitioner, a holistic therapist and a regular blogger. Richard has also worked as speaker for Vistage and been part of Henley Management School's visiting faculty.

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Plan B

Submitted by Richard Derwent Cooke on May 25th, 2011

Making plans is a useful exercise, perhaps even necessary. We are even encouraged to have a Plan B, ready to go if our initial plan doesn’t work out. However, there is a downside to planning.

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Choice = Power or How to Reduce Resistance

Submitted by Richard Derwent Cooke on May 17th, 2011

One of the key reasons that people resist change is because they are only given a choice between two options with little information. If you want them to go along with your plans, engage them, involve them, consult them and allow them to be part of the decision making process.

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Bog Hopping

Submitted by Richard Derwent Cooke on May 6th, 2011

Sometimes the known problems are better than just hoping there is a better way. Have you ever made matters worse by trying to avoid problems?

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Life Lessons

Submitted by Richard Derwent Cooke on April 25th, 2011

Do all life lessons have to be learned painfully? Do we recognise these lessons at the time, or if it is only with hindsight that they stand out?

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Learning from Others

Submitted by Richard Derwent Cooke on April 15th, 2011

When someone works out a better way to do something, our reaction tends to be to mock them, to ask why they are not conforming. Perhaps there are some life lessons to be learned from our cousins in the animal kingdom, from Japanese macaques and my cats.

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What’s the Difference between Management and Change Management?

Submitted by Richard Derwent Cooke on March 26th, 2011

Find out why this question hit a nerve and what you should be doing as a manager about change in your part of the world.

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