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Becoming A Change Agent. Diane Weklar The Weklar Consulting Group. Becoming A Change Agent. We all see problems At work, in organizations, thru society We all know there is a better way At issue We don’t know how to change it. Becoming A Change Agent.

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becoming a change agent

Becoming A Change Agent

Diane Weklar

The Weklar Consulting Group

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Becoming A Change Agent
  • We all see problems
    • At work, in organizations, thru society
  • We all know there is a better way
  • At issue
    • We don’t know how to change it

© The Weklar Consulting Group 2004

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Becoming A Change Agent
  • Each one of us can become a change-agent
  • The process is the same
    • No matter the size of the problem
      • A unit at work
      • Affecting the whole community
      • Changing the world

© The Weklar Consulting Group 2004

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Becoming A Change Agent
  • The Process for “Making Change”
    • Is simple—though not easy
    • Requires “strategy execution”
      • The number one requirement to be successful
        • Quality of Strategy usually ranks 2nd
        • Resources rank 3rd

© The Weklar Consulting Group 2004

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Becoming A Change Agent

The Process for “Making Change”

  • Identifying the issue
  • Pinpointing the actual problem
  • Determining what can be done
  • Establishing the team
  • Creating the action plan
  • Monitoring accountability
  • Making an impact

© The Weklar Consulting Group 2004

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Becoming A Change Agent

Dealing with Impediments

Overcoming the preconceived notion of “it can’t be done”

Is the largest issue to overcome

Both for yourself and others

  • Learn to bypass NOs!

© The Weklar Consulting Group 2004

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Becoming A Change Agent
  • Vision and Perseverance are Key
    • Focus
      • What are you really trying to accomplish
    • Competence
      • You need to have/get the skills to get it done
    • Passion
      • The mystery glue that holds it together
      • Provides the extra drive to make it real

© The Weklar Consulting Group 2004

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Becoming A Change Agent

Identifying the Issues

  • My electricity bills are too high!
    • I thought deregulation would lower my bills
  • Why do I have to try on tons of clothes to find something that actually fits?
  • The internet was supposed to make my life easier
    • But I’m inundated with spam and I am terrified of online identity theft

© The Weklar Consulting Group 2004

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Becoming A Change Agent

Pinpointing the Problem (research)

  • Electricity
    • ERCOT & the PUC do not include consumers when planning changes
  • Clothes Sizing
    • Each clothes line has its own sizing with major return problems (up to 40% online)
  • Internet
    • Does not deal with privacy issues
    • Difference between security & privacy

© The Weklar Consulting Group 2004

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Becoming A Change Agent

Determining What Can Be Done

  • Lower Electricity Bills
    • Get consumers involved with ERCOT & PUC actions
  • Clothes That Fit
    • Develop standardization of fit
  • Internet
    • Design a method of preserving personal information online

© The Weklar Consulting Group 2004

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Becoming A Change Agent

Establishing The Team

  • You cannot do it Alone
    • Determine the strengths and functions that you need to take the next step
      • That complements what you bring to the table

© The Weklar Consulting Group 2004

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Becoming A Change Agent

Establishing The Team

  • Electricity
    • DFW Electric Consumer Coalition
  • Clothing
    • FitLogic
  • Internet
    • Privacy, Inc.

© The Weklar Consulting Group 2004

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Becoming A Change Agent
  • Team Leadership
    • Every team must have a leader
      • Set the Vision
      • Maintain the Vision
      • Be the Motivator
      • Understand how the ripples of change will affect
        • The Team
        • The environment the team is changing

© The Weklar Consulting Group 2004

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Becoming A Change Agent

Creating the Action Plan

  • DFW Electric Consumer Coalition
    • Organize electric consumers
      • Governments, corporations, trade groups
  • FitLogic
    • Develop a standardized fit system by age, ethnicity, and product preferences
  • Privacy, Inc.
    • Develop virtual email and credit card ability to preserve personal information online
    • Educate public re: differences of security and privacy

© The Weklar Consulting Group 2004

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Becoming A Change Agent
  • Monitoring Accountability
    • Effective Strategy Execution Requires
      • Strong Project Management
      • Assigning responsibility for each activity
        • Timelines need to be established
      • Good Communication among and between all team members
      • Ability to be flexible and “refine” programs when issues become apparent
      • Continually motivate and focus on Mission

© The Weklar Consulting Group 2004

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Becoming A Change Agent

Making An Impact

  • Educate, Educate, Educate
    • Use all vehicles (networks,media)
  • Overcoming Objections
    • Yes—It can be done!
  • Getting People Involved
    • You cannot do it alone

© The Weklar Consulting Group 2004

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Becoming A Change Agent
  • Making an Impact
    • Understand that change takes time
      • More time than you ever imagine
    • You have to share your vision
      • Over and Over and Over again
    • The full Team is your “sales force”
      • Encourage and motivate the team to take ownership of Mission

© The Weklar Consulting Group 2004

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Becoming A Change Agent

What You Can Do Today

  • Find your passion
    • What problem would you like resolved
  • Find an organization that deals with that issue
    • Volunteer and learn all you can
  • Cultivate that “CAN DO” attitude

© The Weklar Consulting Group 2004

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Becoming A Change Agent

All Change Starts With One Person

Make the Next Change

come from

YOU

© The Weklar Consulting Group 2004

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Becoming A Change Agent

You Don’t Have to be Great

To Get Started

But You Have to Get Started

To Be Great

© The Weklar Consulting Group 2004

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Becoming A Change Agent

Diane Weklar

President

The Weklar Consulting Group

280 W. Renner Road

Suite 3926

Richardson, TX 75080

972.235.3846

dweklar@sbcglobal.net

© The Weklar Consulting Group 2004