Terri Hughes Blog

Why real change is hard…

Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2011

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin 

How’s that change you’re leading?

Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Leo Tolstoy once wrote: “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”   Think about a past or present change you may be leading.   

Simple shifts to life satisfaction

Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2011

How do you define a good balance between your work and your personal life?  Is it possible to have a meaningful balance in our “hurry-up” world today?  I’m finding some interesting trends with the clients I serve.   When we fully explore and define the concept of work/life balance, many of my clients are discovering that the balance is a combination of accomplishment and happiness… and that the two are not fully separate, but overlapping.  Once both are fully defined according to each individual’s needs, the road to balance becomes clear and doable.  This discovery has helped them to create a different perspective on work/life balance, and  to see and create new pathways to achieve happiness and accomplish goals.   It’s a perspective that activates new ways to identify where we’re placing our focus…not just our time.   Simple shifts in how we approach complex ,overwhelming concepts like work/life balance, can make all the difference! 

Culture versus Strategy… Guess the winner…?

Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Culture always wins.  And if you don’t believe this, just take a look at all the organizational change that fails.  It doesn’t fail for lack of solid business reasoning.  If you look underneath all the well-conceived strategies and plans, you’ll run into the organizational culture that can quickly undermine all the best intentions.  Culture is the organization’s “personality” with beliefs, values, attitudes, language, work practices, behaviors and underlying assumptions.  And like personalities, these elements are powerful and many times invisible.  If, in order to achieve successful change, one of the requirements includes a shift in the organizational culture, the first important step is the leadership team’s ability to understand the realities of the current culture, (the ‘real’ one, not the one displayed on the walls) and their role in shifting their own behaviors and mindset to match the new desired culture.   

Moving Successfully Through Transition

Posted on Tuesday, January 18, 2011

As I reflect back across my first year and a half in my business, I become increasingly clear that my so-called “work” isn’t really work — it’s my passion.