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Reut Schwartz-Hebron
Reut Schwartz-Hebron
President and thought leader of KeyChange Institute ( Key Change Institute is a national organization that provides groundbreaking performance improvement and business execution consulting services rooted in brain science and experience-based learning.


Oct. 9, 2012 8:38 am
We are never going to always be able to change people who don't want to change. Thankfully, or hopefully, in a business environment, people will always have the choice not to cooperate. We morally oppose the idea of changing people who don't want to change. But there are many situations in which doing our damnedest to change people who don't want to change is the right thing to do. One great...  Read More
Sep. 25, 2012 9:02 am
We consider the statement "you can't change people who don't want to change" a truism. When I started facilitating change, if someone needed to transform it was believed that it was the change agent's job to give direction and insight, but it was the client's job to implement or acquire the change. Developments in neuroscience make the answer simple: it should be the change agent's job to guide...  Read More
May 22, 2012 9:47 am
What makes physics or medicine more of a science than integration of change? Hoping that facilitating change will ever be as predictable as the results of scientific manipulations in sciences such as physics is probably a long shot and trustfully not necessarily an exciting thought. But getting integration efforts to meet scientific standards of sciences like medicine would be a great...  Read More
Apr. 17, 2012 9:42 am
At the moment, success rates of change efforts big and small, are probably not far off from what random success rates would be, without any expert change agents leading the way. Sure, there are change agents that do better than others, but with 70% rate failure rates for major changes and 90% of people admitting they will not execute the things they say they will, it's long overdue to admit what...  Read More
Feb. 7, 2012 3:17 pm
People are not perfect and probably the only perfect we should strive to should a healthy balance anyway. But achieving balance often requires having a certain level of stability, a privilege most teams in our modern age do not have. Most teams can not find healthy balances because hardly anyone gets to do the same thing over and over again. Historians explain the expansion of professions in...  Read More
Jan. 24, 2012 9:24 am
In an article with the above title, published on CBS MoneyWatch , Dave Logan outlines the confusing platform set by most leadership books. The three most problematic leadership books, according to Logan, are religious leadership and self help leadership books. Logan's main claim is that "leadership, like most fields, is made richer by people bringing their life lessons from religion,...  Read More
Jan. 17, 2012 9:16 am
Research shows that very high percentages of change efforts fail. 70% of mergers and acquisitions lose shareholder value (KPMG Global Survey, A New Dawn: Good Deals in Challenging Times, May 2011). 68% of IT projects fail (Standish Group report, CHAOS Summary, April 2009). Most training fades away within 6 weeks ( John T. Wixted and Ebbe B. Ebbesen, On the Form of Forgetting, American...  Read More
Jan. 10, 2012 9:10 am
One of the best strategies to get a change effort to catch on in organizations is to prove the applicability and success of the change in one team. Done well, the results are measured to then serve as a wonderful promotional tool for other teams. In our experience, there is something you need to watch for though. Ask yourself: "Is my effort designed for people who want to change or does it take...  Read More
Jan. 3, 2012 9:28 am
Join us in Denver! Reut Schwartz-Hebron, The Colorado HR Association, January 20th 2012 2012 Human Resources Conference...Smart HR There are three types of people in your organization: Those who are both willing and capable of making the adjustments needed in order to achieve desired results Those who are willing but incapable of making needed adjustments Those...  Read More
Nov. 15, 2011 9:00 am
The first intelligence test was created in 1905 to determine which French school children were too “slow” to benefit from regular instruction. The idea was that children were increasingly able to learn difficult concepts and perform difficult tasks as they got older. How quick is your team able to benefit from new opportunities and knowledge? How capable is your team when it comes to learning...  Read More
Nov. 1, 2011 9:00 am
Women in management positions have a unique set of challenges to deal with. As a woman who has managed and worked side by side with men for many years, I have certainly come to appreciate the development women need to make in order to work in senior positions in business. From what I hear, my experiences are common. While women can certainly upgrade their synaptic pathways to adopt new,...  Read More
Oct. 11, 2011 10:35 am
Richard agreed to work with his R&D team mainly because of repetitive pressure from the manufacturing group. As Systems Division Director in the telecom industry, he knew it was delaying other departments and frustrating clients when deadlines were not met. Richard’s VP realized that development deadlines are not always in Richard’s control, but he wanted to explore a way to improve delivery...  Read More
Oct. 4, 2011 9:20 am
Most people assume that executives can go to a presentation or be exposed to models, and if they understand those models, the logic and reasoning, they will be able to apply the needed changes. Brain science says otherwise. In the last ten years neuroscientists discovered that there are two very different systems in the brain: one for processing knowledge, called explicit memory, and one for...  Read More
Sep. 11, 2011 12:12 pm
Michael Cushman, President, to present at COSHRM 2011 Overcoming high resistance and changing difficult people are nearly impossible, but the combination of three new "people-developing" technologies enables HR leaders to do amazing transformations, quickly, precisely and reliably. Join the 2011 SHRM Colorado State Conference (COSHRM) for Revolutionary HR Human Capital in the New Economy...  Read More
Aug. 9, 2011 6:24 am
“We have experienced several waves of growth over the past two years. In the first year we quadrupled in size, and we are now ten times bigger than we were two years ago. With growth came new challenges and I’d like to see that we remove them out of our way.” (CEO, Security software industry) Johan had every reason to believe his team was highly capable. The company had invested in people...  Read More
Jan. 7, 2011 4:14 am
In a small zoo in Asia, the zoo keeper would walk by each day and throw bananas at the roofs of the cages. One of the bigger cages included more than 15 monkeys. One of the little monkeys always had to eat the leftovers as bigger and stronger monkeys got to the fruit first. One day one of the bananas was stuck and no one could reach it. It was up too high. The zoo keeper watched the little...  Read More
Oct. 8, 2010 8:47 pm
I recently had a conversation with a senior executive in the bio-tech industry about the type of challenges he sees his organization having as they start transitioning from a start-up stage of growth to a more mature company. "One of the main problems I see is focus and follow-through. We naturally attract great talent that is innovative and associative, but at this stage of growth we require...  Read More
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