Chunk It Down

Anonymous: “The only person who likes change is a wet baby.”

Herb Kelleher of Southwest Airlines said:  “If you don’t change you die.” and “If things change faster outside your company than they change inside your company then you have something to worry about.”

From a Linked in Group: “What is the one phrase that you can think of that can kill an organization (think kill change) or at least stunt its growth?”
“That’s not my job.”
“We’ve always done it this way.”
“We tried that before and it doesn’t work.”
“The inability of the leadership team members, individually and as a group, to say, “I was wrong. I am sorry.””
“”Thank You” is not said enough.”
“We’re working on it.”
“That’s just the way we do it.”
“The biggest killer for me, it is when people say nothing at all.”
“The one that gets me is I have ‘x’ many years’ experience so what you are suggesting will not work, I know better.”
“Joe, don’t bring me problems. Bring me solutions.”
“No excuses.”

It is no surprise to any of us that change is super bloomin’ hard.  But if change will have real impact and importance in bettering our lives then how can we give it a living chance?

Chunk it down.

I read this compelling article where a stand-up comedian had the fortunate opportunity to ask Jerry Seinfeld how he got so good – what this comic wanted to know was how could HE get that good?  Jerry (I can use his first name since I feel I know him so well after having memorized almost all of his shows) said that he bought a gigantic year-at-a-glance calendar and hung it on the wall in his home.  And then he made it a point to write EVERY SINGLE DAY for a year and place a red X over the calendar day once he had made a concerted effort to write…that day and every day.  He started a chain of red ‘X’s” that he didn’t want to see broken and so he got better and better incrementally, year after year, until he became the famed comedian many of us appreciate today.  I thought, ‘shazam – great idea!’  Why did I have to be in my 50′s before I heard this very simple motivational technique?  Now I have a calendar hanging with 3 different colored ‘X’s” going for 3 different areas I want to get really good at over time; work, being healthy, and speaking Italian. Chunking it down one X at a time for improvement…incrementally.


Tania Fowler

Interplay Coaching, Carmichael, CA 95608

Tania grew up in San Francisco. She went to college at the University of California at Santa Barbara where she received her BA degree in Geological Sciences. Tania worked with Shell Oil Company in Houston, Texas in the early 80’s during the oil energy boom. She hit the ‘pause’ button on her work life to become the mother of three sons, thankfully not all at once, but one at a time. After staying home for twelve years and taking care of her precious, if not raucous brood, she received her real estate license and worked as a realtor for seven years in Sacramento, California, quickly reaching the select level of Masters Club. While selling real estate, she honed her communication, coaching, and people skills and decided that she was more interested in helping people realize their work dreams than their dream homes.

Tania has worked with hundreds of business executives and their teams, managers, and educators since 2005. She has received an Executive Coaching Certification from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business Executive Ed Program. Additionally she trained with CTI (Coaches Training Institute) and NLP of California (Neuro-linguistic Programming). Tania has coached with internationally known business coaches Robert Hargrove (Masterful Coaching) and Mark Rittenberg (Corporate Scenes). She is also a certified Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator consultant specializing in Temperament and Interaction Styles. Tania has worked with numerous organizations including: CGI, Seagate Technology, EDS, California Public Utilities Commission, UC Berkeley Haas School of Executive Ed as well as many nonprofits and individual executives.

Interplay Coaching brings years of experience focusing on unbeatable performance by working with executive leaders and their teams to create a work environment obsessed with aligning their actions, communications, and leadership with their business purposes and objectives; essentially helping to build healthier organizations. Whether working with businesses or individuals Tania’s focus remains the same: to recognize and stand in the belief that the potential of an organization or an individual is even greater than what you see before you at any given time. If you want to be better she wants to help get you there.