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Sunday, February 04, 2007

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Xtraordinary Living Blog celebrates it's 1-year anniversary

Today is the 1-year anniversary of the launching of this blog. It has been a fascinating journey and I thank you all who have commented and given me feedback over this past year. I hope that I've been able to contribute as much value to you as you have to me.

In today's post, I want to recommend reading Alan Deutschman's article "Change or Die", where he talks about the scientifically studied odds against people changing behavior. However, he also mentions how those odds can be reversed by the addition of 3 elements: vision, structure & support.

Last November during our PL&L staff retreat, we set a goal to have a greater impact in our client's lives in 2007. Looking at Deutschman's 3 elements of change, we concluded that PL&L has done a great job in 2 of the 3 areas - vision & support. However, we have been sorely lacking in the structure department. So we set out to correct this.

The challenge was how to do this in a way that didn't tax our already thin resources. The answer we came up with was that we could do this by using technology more effectively.

The result of these conversations has led to the launching of the "QuoteActions" and Engage&Excel programs this past month. I will be writing future posts about these programs soon.

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Diana Dron said...

Hi Rick!

I really liked "Change or Die". In many ways, I am one of those 9 people but I am trying to change where it makes a difference. As we have discussed before, I think that comfort is not only the enemy of great, but it is the enemy of change.

However, there are massive changes going on in some parts of my life (remodeling the "new" house, doing work on cases from LA that is not construction defect, and the new and much smaller format of the National Alumni Board for my college) that I expect will lead to other changes in my life.

Anyway, thanks for bringing it to my attention,


Robyn McMaster said...

Once you design a needed change, are you willing to live it?


Rick Itzkowich said...


I'm not sure I fully understand your question. I will answer based on my understanding of what you meant. If I don't answer your question then please clarify and I will do my best then.

Designing a change is the easy part. Living it is not. This is where the VSS concept comes into play. The stronger the Vision, Structure and Support, the easier it is to live the change. So in order to live the change, I would focus on strengthening my VSS.