Bill Benjamin

Bill Benjamin is a training and leadership expert at the Institute for Health and Human Potential.  He is a contributor to the New York Times best-selling book Performing Under Pressure, and a co-author of IHHP’s Women Under Pressure white paper.  Bill is a highly sought-after speaker and media contributor on the topics of emotional intelligence and performing under pressure. 

Leaders Must Have the “Edge” to Drive Change

Leaders Must Have the “Edge” to Drive Change

This article is the third in the “All Change is Personal” series looking at three traps that leaders need to manage in order to steward their organization through change efforts.  To read the first two articles in the series and learn what Trap’s #1 and #2 are, click here:

Trap #3:  Lacking Sufficient Edge to Get the Job Done

Leadership traps that will derail your change efforts

This article is the second in the “All Change is Personal” series looking at three traps that leaders need to manage in order to steward their organization through change efforts.  To read the first article in the series and learn what Trap #1 is, click here.

Trap #2:  Not Getting Employee Feedback on the Plan

It’s an astonishing statistic, but roughly two out of three change initiatives fail to meet their stated targets.  This is significant since most companies must undertake moderate organizational changes at least once a year (and major changes every four or five years) due to disruption from technology, their industry and/or the competition.

According to a recent survey from the Institute of Health and Human Potential’s Women under Pressure initiative, only 32% of women feel their organization has the same amount of confidence in them as they do in their male counterparts.   This confirms the “confidence gap” exists – and women often feel less capable, prepared and willing to take risks than their male colleagues.

When women don’t feel their organization has confidence in them, there’s a serious business impact as women may:

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