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The Change Designs Blog is a collection of insights, personal stories and real life experiences from people working in organizations. In this blog you will find real life stories depicting magical experiences and struggles, where the truth is richer, stranger and more practical than any theory or model. If you've ever wanted to read the diary of a leader, strategist, change agent, consultant, facilitator or a coach, or you are grappling with problems at work, then you will enjoy reading this practical blog.

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Barefoot running the reward.

Ruth Tearle - Wednesday, October 24, 2012

I have always had a belief that if you keep doing the right things, for long enough, the rewards will come. Read more


Falling off the ladder

Ruth Tearle - Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I'd always believed that achieving anything in life was like climbing a ladder to success. The formula I'd follow was: Read more


Barefoot running week 10. Life gets in the way.

Ruth Tearle - Friday, May 18, 2012

It is much more difficult to start again or to get back on track, than it is to continue. I haven't run for 3 weeks. I hate to admit this in a blog, after my no excuses campaign. But sometimes life gets in the way. Read more


Barefoot running week 6-7. Mastering small transitions

Ruth Tearle - Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The hardest part of any change, is managing transitions. I struggle with the transition between sleeping and waking. I have no trouble sleeping, and once I'm up, I am fine for the day. But falling asleep and waking up is difficult. I've also noticed that the most difficult part of running, is not running, but rather it is the transition between sitting and exercising. It is packing my gym bag and grabbing my car keys.  Read more


Barefoot running. Managing change is an ongoing journey. Week 3.

Ruth Tearle - Friday, March 23, 2012

Sometimes life gets in the way. I went away to a nature reserve from Sunday to Wednesday. While De Hoop Nature Reserve has beaches, sand dunes, lagoons, rare animals and amazing birds, it does not have a treadmill which can be set to a 7% incline. And while the scenery is superb, my barefoot running shoes would have been destroyed on the stony roads within a few minutes.  Read more


Barefoot Running-Resistance to change. Week 2

Ruth Tearle - Friday, March 16, 2012

Overcoming resistance means no more excuses. Read more


Barefoot running - a change in paradigm. Week 1.

Ruth Tearle - Friday, March 09, 2012

It is nine months since my knee operation, and my surgeon has given me permission to run again. But, he warns me, I need to do it differently. Having had a similar operation himself, and being a runner, his advice was to buy minimalist barefoot technology running shoes. These shoes he tells me, protect the knee in that most of the force of landing is spread between the toes, achilles and the calves. So my first step is to practice running with these shoes on a slight incline on a treadmill. Once I've mastered 20 minutes, I can then go back to him for the next step. Read more

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