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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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Motivational stories

Ruth Tearle - Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Which is your story? Cinderella or the Heroes Journey?  Read more


Leadership and employee behaviour

Ruth Tearle - Thursday, July 14, 2016

Catch them doing it right. Read more


Quick wins = strategic losses

Ruth Tearle - Friday, February 14, 2014

I was recently told by a friend of mine who had been working on a large scale, complex transformational project, that the project had been canceled. Instead, the team was told to focus on "quick wins." Read more


The End of Transformation By Susan Ksiezopolski

Ruth Tearle - Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The end of the beginning sounds like a song or even a great title for a poem.  It seems like an ominous stage full of drama, anticipation and mystery regarding the upcoming unknown. The beginning starts to set you up for the end, already getting you ready to let go.   Read more


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


Templates vs musicality at work

Ruth Tearle - Tuesday, September 04, 2012

I got inspired by a movie called "The Concert." In the final scene, the soloist lifts the entire orchestra with her musicality, and in so doing, finds the truth about her life. I wanted to capture and harness the feeling that comes from beautiful music. So I decided to play the piano again.  Read more


The beginning of transformation. By Susan Ksiezopolski

Ruth Tearle - Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The early years of my career were spent implementing information technology projects that enhance or streamline business processes. The later years have been spent on building organizational capacity for project management and business transformation.  My career has been fulfilling, rewarding and challenging. It has turned out far better than I could have ever possibly dreamed of, providing me with growth and learning beyond measure.  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 mastering small transitions 6-7

Ruth Tearle - Thursday, April 26, 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

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