Change worth the effort

You’re a leader trying to ensure your business runs well today, deals with it’s challenges and reinvents itself for the future.  All that depends on navigating change and delivering results worth the effort.

Change needs different people working effectively and ingeniously together; using experience, but not limited by it, and finding new ways to progress.  And it’s not like people don’t know change is needed. There are discussions, decisions and activity. Everyone is busy, but it hasn’t come together yet. Even with all the calls, meetings and plans, progress is not yet what you want, or what the market needs.

At best it’s familiar but frustrating. At worst it puts people or parts of the business at risk. You need urgency and cooperation from key people. You need discussions that are more targeted in defining what’s needed, and more imaginative in finding solutions. And you need people acting quickly to get the ideas turned into practice.

Above all you want progress: to see things changing now and continuing to evolve; and for the change that happens to be worth the effort.  Maybe it’s not only about doing more of what got you here, with all the attendant frustrations.  Maybe there are better options.

“We can’t be creative if we refuse to be confused. Change always starts with confusion; cherished interpretations must dissolve to make way for what’s new.
Margaret J. Wheatley


What you’d love to find is someone who’s been in your situation, has done their research, tested options, and found patterns in what makes the difference. Explaining that is best done in real time, but here’s an analogy.

You know what a lever is. You press down hard enough on one end, and you move whatever is on the other end. But once you hit the ground, that’s it. It doesn’t matter how hard you press, the other end has moved as far as it can. If you want more movement, you have to change some things.

Archimedes is supposed to have once said something like: “Give me a lever and a place to stand, and I will move the world. “

As someone who trained originally as a design engineer, but has instead spent my career understanding the mechanics of people, innovation and change, I like his thinking. From the right position, anything is possible.  So if a lever isn’t working well enough anymore, my advice often starts like this:

Let go temporarily.

Step back.


Other places to stand;

Other fulcrums to use;

Other levers to use;

Other ways to press;

And other people to help.

My name is Alan Arnett.

I’m a seasoned guide for busy leaders navigating digital innovation and business change. I help you make change worth the effort, for everyone involved, so you make better progress.  I’ll show you where to focus, how to show up, and how to connect people by joining some dots.

Options and contact

Here are the ways you can find out more about what this all means in practice.

An introductory chat to discuss your challenges, what makes the difference, and what change would be worth the effort for you.

A coaching package for you, starting with a half-day intensive and then moving to regular sessions over 6 months.

An introductory workshop for teams (people who have specific challenges they need to tackle together) to explain what makes the difference, and what change would be worth the effort for them and the business.

A coaching and facilitation package for the team, including a launch event and team coaching for 6 months.

Tailored solutions for special or high stakes situations such as mergers and acquisitions, external partnerships, or working with startups.

Events, workshops or talks for larger groups.

Drop me a message to talk about any of them, or connect with me on social media.


“All change, even very large and powerful change, begins when a few people start talking with one another about something they care about.”
Margaret J. Wheatley