City of Fort St. John preparing to demolish old gymnastics building

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John is getting closer to demolishing the old gymnastics facility.Council has awarded the tender for the North Peace Arena Gymnastics demolition to Pacific Blasting and Demolition from Edmonton, Alberta, for $688,135.In the 2017 C2 Capital program, Council approved $325,000 for the demolition of the burned out portion of the North Peace Recreation facility that had been leased by the Gymnastic Club. The city will also be moving money from Curling Arena Capital budget to cover the difference for the demolition.- Advertisement -Toms Construction from Fort St. John also put in a bid of $916,876.“There are a number of items/issues that have arisen since the pre-engineering work was completed in 2016 to establish the original budget estimate, in particular, in-ground infrastructure related to the old natatorium, the reclamation works for the adjoining and nearby walls of the North Peace Arena and the final landscaping works.”When it comes to transferring the money from the curling arena capital budget, city staff said in a report that they were able to because of lower costs compared to those that were forecasted.Advertisement “A large piece of the estimated cost was associated to the construction of an additional room to house a refrigeration plant. This was recommended by the Facilities audit, however as the detailed design rolled out, the lead engineer determined that the additional room was not required.”last_img read more

Bay cleanup moves to shore work

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Nearly 60,000 gallons of fuel leaked and spread throughout the bay after a container ship struck a tower of the Bay Bridge. SAN FRANCISCO – The cleanup of the San Francisco Bay oil spill is shifting from water to land. Coast Guard officials say there are still 60 boats working to scoop up the spilled shipping fuel both inside and outside the Golden Gate. But those efforts are becoming less effective because the oil has dissolved and spread out too much. Coast Guard Captain William Uberti says he didn’t see much oil on the water during an aerial survey Monday. Moving forward, the cleanup effort will focus on Bay Area beaches and shorelines. last_img read more

Pellegrini: Man City lacked somebody to ‘make a difference’ against Real Madrid

first_img Manuel Pellegrini: The Chilean boss will not end his reign as Man City boss with a Champions League win 1 Manuel Pellegrini rued the lack of clear-cut chances created by his Manchester City side as they were knocked out of the Champions League last four.Real Madrid were 1-0 winners over the two-legs of the semi final, with a Fernando own goal meaning Zinedine Zidane’s La Liga giants will advance to this month’s final, facing city rivals Atletico.The Citizens had just one shot on target in Wednesday’s away tie, while Real had five, and the Chilean felt his team lacked someone who could make a difference.He told BT Sport: “We are disappointed because I think it was a very close game with two teams who did not create many chances.“They were very lucky with the goal, it was a cross, but it got deflected off our player and into the top corner.“I think it was very similar to the first leg with not many chances created, the team was working, but not with really anybody making a difference.”City had the wind taken from their sails inside the opening ten minutes when captain Vincent Kompany limped off with injury, playing just his second game since returning from a month on the sidelines.Real dominated possession and they controlled the tempo for the majority of the 90 minutes, as the visitors put in an under-par performance. But Pellegrini rejected the suggestion the loss affected the dynamic of the side.He continued: “Of course it is not the best situation to have to make a change after just a few minutes, but I do not think we had any problems defensively.“We were not very creative, we had one clear chance with Fernandinho, another with Kun, but not much – it was the same with Real Madrid, they did not create many chances also.“We worked the game very well, we tried to get the ball high and make the difference, but we were not creative, the same as what happened at the Etihad, we could not score.”last_img read more

Reward offered in graffiti slaying

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“Our responsibility is to ask and plead the public to help lead us to the capture of the criminals involved,” Supervisor Gloria Molina said during a news conference. Two vehicles – a dark, four-door sedan with tinted windows and a light-colored pickup truck – were seen eastbound on Moccasin Street toward Puente Avenue immediately following the shooting. “I think without a doubt, we’re not human if we don’t see anything wrong and address this,” Whitehead’s brother Jim Wagnon, 46, said. Whitehead’s other brother, Richard Wagnon, 48, said the last thing Whitehead wanted was to be a hero. “My brother was very private. He didn’t go out much. I can’t believe he would go over there and do something like that. He wasn’t trying to be a hero,” Richard Wagnon said. “In a flash, we’ve been wronged of our future.” LA PUENTE – Robert Whitehead was an ordinary man who relatives say rarely took chances. But he took a stand on March9 and paid for it with his life. At about 9:15 p.m. that day, Whitehead, 44, was shot and killed in West Valinda after confronting two men spray-painting graffiti on a neighbor’s wall. A third man with a pistol approached him from behind and fired several shots. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday announced a $25,000 reward for anyone providing information leading to the arrest of the suspects. Sheriff’s Industry Station Lt. Gil Carrillo hopes the reward will help galvanize efforts for possible leads to find the three suspects. “We will burn the midnight oil to solve this case, but quite frankly, we need some help,” Carrillo said. Whitehead had spent his entire life with his father, Murray, 71, and mother, Jonetta, 68, in West Valinda. He had no children and never married. According to Wagnon, Whitehead worked seasonal jobs and enjoyed secluding himself at home, watching educational television programs. Residents have been asked to contact the sheriff’s department at (323) 890-5500 with information about the slaying. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2393160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Fat cats at the trough

first_imgRe: “Council OKs paying to defend Prop. R” (Sept. 20):So the City Council is paying at least $26,000 (just the first installment) to slick attorneys to defend the city (themselves) in a lawsuit challenging the term limits/ethics reform measure on the Nov. 7 ballot. They have got the nerve to use taxpayers’ money to try to extend their term limits. I say they have been at the city trough too long already! Out with the fat cats!These people get laid back because they know they can’t be fired even if they aren’t doing their jobs. And that City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo’s office needed outside help and expertise quickly is another joke. If they can’t do what they are hired to do, out with Rocky and his employees also. If this Proposition R gets on the ballot, I hope voters will be smart enough to vote it down.– Marianne Castro Lawson – George J. KramerNorthridgeRecoup our tax moneyRe: “Church faces IRS scrutiny over sermon” (Sept. 21):The IRS vendetta against a Pasadena church for having a guest speaker who allegedly made a political statement constitutes the height of hypocrisy. Jerry Falwell, who makes millions of dollars and owns vast amounts of property, regularly exhorts his congregation to support Republicans. On Oct. 29, 2004, the Baptist Press reported from Plano, Texas, that Falwell repeatedly urged his congregation to vote against Democrats and to support Bush – it doesn’t get any plainer than that.A quick reading of Falwell’s sermons reveals this, the foregoing, is the rule rather than the exception. I intend to forward this letter to the IRS to urge them to try to recoup some of our tax money from this charlatan who masquerades as a holy man while promoting politicians in every sermon.– Kyle BradshawLos AngelesTime to leaveRe: “Venezuela’s leader labels Bush the devil’ at U.N.” (Sept. 21):With the latest insult of a leader of another country coming to the United Nations and stating that President Bush is the devil and that the stench of sulfur still pervaded the assembly hall, with this being hailed as a great oratory, maybe it is time to re-evaluate our role in dealing with the United Nations.Personally, I would like to see the United Nations headquarters put in some Third World country, and let all those diplomats go there to discuss the evils that exist. We can take the funds that are being used to fund this organization and do something worthwhile with it, like funding the necessary border security that we need to implement.– Barry LevyRedondo BeachBetter students?Re: “LAUSD reform: It’s law” (Sept. 19):So Mayor Antonio got his LAUSD wish. Yippee, hurrah. … We’ll see. With good intentions of increasing graduation numbers and improving our city, what he has to do is change a culture, a culture of what is now the majority of LAUSD students, that is to be lazy, expect most everything to be given to them and not bother to better themselves or excel in life. Good luck. Meanwhile, how’s that other little task he has, running the city?– Dave PettersonSherman OaksHathout respondsRe: “Humanitarian Award?” (Sept. 19):The Daily News editorial “Humanitarian Award?” which questions the Human Relations Commission’s decision to give me their John Allen Buggs award for excellence in human relations draws on frequently repeated distortions of my record on extremism, terrorism and moderation.The truth is that I have never supported Hezbollah or Hamas. I have spent my entire life elucidating the Islamic argument against extremism and terrorism. I criticized the policy of the government of Israel during the second intifada in fall 2000, and I used harsh language, which I regret. I stand for our freedom of speech as Americans. I am supported by a full range of Jewish, Christian, Buddhist and secular leaders. Trying to equate me with an apologist for terror is absurd, offensive and misleading, not to mention that it’s just plain wrong.– Maher HathoutArcadiaWorld travelerAm I the only one wondering why Antonio V. is traveling to England, then China? He is the mayor of Los Angeles, not an ambassador. Who is paying for this? The taxpayers, of course. He’s going to control the schools, supports illegal immigration. All this power for a mayor plus the traveling perks on our dime. Mr. Schwarzenegger, do you approve of this? I want my money back.– Claudia ChapnickMission HillsKudos all aroundCongratulations to Laura Bush for teaming up with a humanitarian president, Bill Clinton, to better this world. Cheers to Hugo Chavez for his comments on her husband and getting an ovation from the assembly.– Sonny KlamerusNorthridgeJob-slasherRe: “Mulally known for job-slashing skills” (Business, Sept. 19):Alan Mulally is being praised for his ability to be charismatic. He often smiles (is he thinking of the huge salary he is getting?) and pats on the back workers he plans to dump. As he pats them on the back (always so gently), which hand holds the knife, the right or the left?– Dante F. RochettiWest HillsJust like themThe rich have gotten a whole lot richer since President Bush and the Republican Congress have given them excessive tax breaks. The new Forbes list of the richest 400 people are all billionaires. Forget having a few million; that’s small change these days. While they’re all getting richer, 40 million Americans are still without health care, working more than one job, our public education system is a disgrace, the age for collecting Social Security goes up every year and Bush still wants to pillage the Social Security system for the benefit of Wall Street.Forget any fence between us and Mexico. It won’t make any difference. Soon we’ll be a country just like them, consisting of the haves and the have-nots. Won’t be long before we’ll be sneaking across their border to get a below-minimum-wage job with no benefits because all our wealthy corporations have relocated there.– Claudia ReameValley GlenWake up!The City Council chambers should be included in the homeless daytime no-sleep zone.– Raiford L. LangfordSherman OaksEnding oil tyrannyRe: “Brazil shows how to end oil tyranny” (Their Opinions, Sept. 19):Brazil has the answer for future oil substitutes. But tell that to the greedy oil companies. If we were to import ethanol from Brazil, I would venture to state that the oil companies would hire the U.S. Navy to blockade every port of entry to those ships that carry ethanol to our shores.– Earl D. HoweitzNorth Hills160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleGranada HillsIRS scrutinyRe: “Church faces IRS scrutiny over sermon” (Sept. 21):In Pittsburgh, the Rev. James Dobson, an evangelist who enjoys the nonprofit status of his pulpit, spoke to a crowd of over 3,000, endorsing keeping a Republican government. Though he criticized their performance, he didn’t endorse any candidate by name, which according to the journalist writing the story is the only thing that tax law forbids.If true, then the scrutiny by the IRS of All Saints Church is definitely politically motivated and a totalitarian act by our government to suppress dissent. If not, then Rev. Dobson should be investigated as well.last_img read more

Highland High team a surprise

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“We’re out there working hard,” Anderson said. Kyisean Reed has been a pleasant surprise as well. The junior forward has been the perfect complement to Anderson in the paint and that was never more evident than in the tournament opener when he had 11 points, 13 rebounds, four blocks and four steals in a 64-48 victory over Alemany of Mission Hills. If there is one negative surrounding the team, perhaps it’s been the Bulldogs’ inconsistency from the perimeter. Juan Gil is shooting 22 percent from 3-point range, Buck Stewart has made 20 percent of his attempts and Jacob Crump is at a 13 percent clip. Smith isn’t worried though. “Overall, I’m pleased,” Smith said. “We have a long season ahead.” The Highland High boys’ basketball team opened some eyes this past week at the highly competitive Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament at Campbell Hall High of North Hollywood, going undefeated during pool play to advance to the semifinals. It’s an encouraging sign to be sure, particularly for a team with aspirations of winning a Golden League title this season. “It’s early in the season, but the kids are responding already,” coach Jeff Smith said. “As long as we maintain our intensity, we’ll be fine.” Deno Anderson was expected to emerge as the leader and is flourishing in that role. The 6-foot-6 senior post player is averaging 16 points and six rebounds per game. Talented trio: Highland isn’t the only league team to boast a formidable frontcourt. In fact, Knight might have the most athletic group in Hassan Stephens (6-6), Paul George (6-7) and Jerome Moton (6-7). The Hawks did fairly well at the Simi Valley Tournament this week, winning their opener 63-44 over Santa Clara before running into the host Pioneers and suffering a humbling 97-82 loss. “We’re excited about the team we have this year,” Hawks coach Tom Hegre said. “We’re going to be competitive.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Watford captain Troy Deeney: ‘FA Cup semi-final doesn’t excite me that much’

first_img BEST OF ADVICE Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REPLY “I’ve played in an FA Cup semi-final before, so I wouldn’t say it’s the biggest game of my career,” he told talkSPORT.“I’ve got a weird feeling about this one; it doesn’t excite me too much, it doesn’t make me go, ‘Ah!’ It’s just another game.“We’ve had two games this week, I’m knackered. I’m literally just preparing like it’s another game.” LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Watford are enjoying a fine season getty 2 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Accrington Stanley vs Sunderland (Wednesday 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Liverpool (Friday, 8pm) – talkSPORTNorwich vs QPR (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Huddersfield vs Leicester (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Brighton (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTCoventry vs Bristol Rovers (Sunday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Watford vs Wolves (Sunday, 4pm) – talkSPORT Troy Deeney wants more respect for Watford Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 2 “We don’t see it as a one-off, we see it as another building block. I’ve got a little thing lately where I see comments about Watford and it irritates me a little bit.“We’re not a bad outfit, you’ve got to start respecting us. People like Will Hughes should be in the England team. He won’t say it, but I will.“All jokes aside, we’ve got quality operators here, but we’re seen as this long-ball team.”You can listen to live commentary of Watford vs Wolves live on talkSPORT, kick-off 4pm on Sunday.center_img Troy Deeney admits the FA Cup does not excite him and insists there is nothing special about Watford’s semi-final against Wolves on Sunday.The Hornets have a rare opportunity to reach the final and win the competition, with Manchester City the only top-six side left – but Deeney is treating the fixture like any other game. talkSPORT’s Ian Abrahams takes issue with this, pointing out that the FA Cup has never been more winnable for ‘a team like Watford’ and silverware could cement Deeney’s legacy at the club.The Hornets captain interjects: “What do you mean ‘a team like Watford’?”Moose explains he means a team outside the top six, but the Hornets skipper argues that his club don’t get the respect they deserve. REVEALED REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Watford have already surpassed their best ever points tally for a Premier League season – and currently sit eighth in the table.“I’m just a weird person, I’m not the person who goes, ‘It’s the semi-final now!’“I just want people to understand the perspective. People always say it’s a big occasion for teams outside the top six, but we’re trying to get in this situation more regularly. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… LIVE ON talkSPORT shining no dice huge blow last_img read more

Why Arsenal should forget Zaha and allow Nelson to flourish at the Emirates

first_img 2 The Gunners are still hopeful of securing defender Kieran Tierney from Celtic but it is unlikely they will be able to afford both with their reported transfer budget.What if they already had a player in their ranks who has the potential to be as good, if not better, than Zaha?Reiss Nelson spent last season on loan with Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga and caught the eye with a number of good performances and goals. getty Wilfried Zaha is wanted by Arsenal this summer Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update When asked if the move helped him develop both on and off the field, he said: “100 per cent. Because there were times when I wasn’t starting and I didn’t have a lot of people to talk to, just my family.“It made me grow up as a person and on the pitch it showed. Whenever I got any minutes, I would have to take any opportunity that came my way.”The statistics also show that Nelson may be closer to the level of Zaha than people think and at just 19 he certainly has the potential to get better and better. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:12Loaded: 98.22%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:12 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen LATEST latest deals Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea 2 Reiss Nelson impressed while on loan at Hoffenheim REVEALED center_img The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Getty Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ JIBE TROPHY punished boost Zaha is believed to want a move to Arsenal but the price tag will be a big barrier to any move.Manchester United will also get 25 per cent of any profit the south London club make from the transfer.Past players David Seaman and Ray Parlour have come out and questioned if the 26-year-old should be their priority this window when they have greater need at other positions. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Arsenal have already had a first offer for Wilfried Zaha turned down by Crystal Palace and it is sure to be a story that will rumble on throughout the summer.The Gunners’ first bid was believed to be £40million in payments spread over five years.The bid is said to have ‘incensed’ Palace who are looking for around double that and not to have the payments spread out. Zaha vs Nelson: 2018/19 league statistics Wilfried Zaha always wanted to join Arsenal and has supported the club from a young age The 19-year-old looks to have matured during the season he spent away in Germany and he wants to come back and play a bigger role with the north London club.“I want to go back to Arsenal and play,” Nelson said in an interview with The Times.“I am Arsenal through and through. I support Arsenal. All my family support them.“That’s an interaction I have with the fans. It’s a good thing. They support a lot of the young talent coming up through Arsenal. It’s good.” Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder Reiss NelsonGames: 23Minutes: 628Goals: 7Mins per goal: 90Assists: 0Mins per assist: n/aMins per goal/assist: 90Chanches created per 90min: 2.3Dribbles attempted per 90min: 4.7Dribble success rate: 48.5Wilfried ZahaGames: 34Minutes: 3,040Goals: 10Mins per goal: 304Assists: 5Mins per assist: 608Mins per goal/assist: 203Chanches created per 90min: 1.6Dribbles attempted per 90min: 7.4Dribble success rate: 45.4 Nelson may have played far fewer games and accrued less minutes but Zaha only scored three goals more.The teenager netted seven at an average of one every 90 minutes while the Crystal Palace winger scored 10 goals with one coming every 304 minutes.Nelson perhaps is not quite the finished article as Zaha but the promising signs are there that he can have a big impact for the Gunners next season.last_img read more

Two Killed In Early Morning Crash

first_imgTwo from Washington County died this morning as a result of a crash on the Hardinsburg-Livonia Road, including the driver. Jacob Voyles, 25, of Salem, and front seat passenger Tyler Cook, 19, of Fredericksburg, were pronounced dead at the scene. At approximately 1:07a Thursday, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department responded to a 911 call.  Washington County EMS and Livonia Fire Department were also dispatched to an area of Hardinsburg-Livonia Road south of Posey Chapel Road in response to a personal injury accident. A 2005 Chevy Impala was traveling north on Hardinsburg-Livonia Road.According to a report by Deputy Allen Taylor, the Impala traveled over a hillcrest, left the roadway and struck several trees. Devin Cordero, 18, Salem, was treated at the scene and transported to St. Vincent Hospital with complaint of pain. The Washington County Sheriff’s Department is continuing to investigate the crash.last_img read more

Fear Change No More—Keys to Warding Off Wolves within the Walls

first_imgI recently woke up hyperventilating and sweating profusely.  After my fiancée made sure I was okay and smacked me upside the head for waking her, I realized I’d been roused from a nightmare.  Now I don’t usually suffer from night terrors, but this one was particularly memorable.  You may be wondering what led to this.  The answer is I awoke from a nightmare where I had been asked to lead organizational change. A recent article in Psychology Today highlighted the major pitfalls involved in change management including failed assumptions like using animal behavioral tactics to drive change as the key to success or believing that change will only come from winning over detractors.[1] Upon reading this article, I realized that a fear of failure was causing my angst.  The truth is nothing scared me more than thing—change management fails because of the power of detractors.  To me, detractors represent the immovable object defeating a resistible force.  In my nightmare, detractors were the wolves. Think back to any change initiative you’ve led.  Like every change initiative I am certain you had early adopters, adopters, and even laggards.  But I am sure you also had detractors, derailers, and resisters all functioning to reduce your engagement and break you will.  I bet you never realized this but the majority of these detractors were not from outside your organization.  They weren’t customers, shareholders, or competitors.  The overwhelming majority of your detractors were wolves WITHIN the walls.  They were your peers and colleagues.  What’s worse is some of them engaged in direct resistance while others engaged in passive resistance.   Research suggests change management fails more often than not because change was resisted by those closest to the initiative.[2]  This means you (like me) need to be prepared for the wolves within walls even more than those outside the organization.Here are three tips for making sure you can deal with wolves within the walls:1)      Keep your friends close but your enemies closer.  Yes, this is the classic line from The Art of War by Sun Tzu.  Its power is as strong today as when it was penned centuries ago. When thinking about organizational change this strategy is also effective.  If he were schooling HR leaders headed into battle, Sun Tzu would argue that they should understand the tendencies of their peers and potential enemies.  Moreover, he would use those tendencies to anticipate their attack strategies.  Beyond this he would add the wisdom of Vito Corleone by advising everyone to never let anyone outside the family know what they were thinking. Change management is war and winning is about understanding your adversary.2)      Underpromise and overdeliver on the benefits of change.  For years, I served as a consultant to health care systems.  My favorite task was working with institutional leaders to drive change in quality of care.  There is no greater challenge than building buy-in from seasoned charge nurses.  Well, maybe trying to teach cultural sensitivity to surgeons but that’s a story with a hilariously-thrown shoe to be shared later. No, seriously, he threw a shoe at me for questioning his cultural awareness.  Okay, back on task here, charge nurses are like the royalty of nursing.  They rule the roost.  The reason is they have experience and expertise.  They’ve seen it all. They’ve seen change go one way and then the exact opposite direction months later. Over the years, I learned the easiest way to ensure failure in change management was by making charge nurses your adversaries.  Aside from making them part of my strategy and understanding their strategies, I learned to underpromise on everything.  Charge nurses have been promised the world for years.  In fact, many disenfranchised employees have been promised the world for years.  One easy way to ensure a fighting chance for change is to undersell as much as possible.  Change must be necessary to be achieved but not every change will result in stupendous outcomes.  Think of politicians.  They promise result after result from change without ever achieving many of them.  Don’t politick.3)      Build momentum with data.  I’ve served on several change management initiatives over the years and one thing we always seem to forget is tracking our progress and celebrating our minor successes.  I find that each time we so easily fell for the allure of the end goal that we sounded like Magneto warring against humans because all we wanted was mutant domination.  Yes, I’m a nerdy fan boy.  Having a goal is critical as my friend, Gary Latham, will attest.  But failing to acknowledge where you have made strides toward your goal is a recipe for isolation and alienation.  Moreover, it prevents you from sharing a winning story with your detractors.  Rather than tossing the wolves a bone you help them form a hunting party.  It is this alienation that also leads to passive resistance like communicating support with feigned sincerity.  This lack of sincerity is perceived by others and seized upon to do you and the initiative in.  Don’t succumb to the power of the end goal.  Celebrate your wins and make sure everyone knows about it.I suffer from fear of change…well, fear of change management, but with these tips I feel better prepared to fend off the wolves and succeed.  What do you fear about change management?  What strategies do you use to ward off the wolves within the walls?  Tell us about your success in leading change.[1]… [2] Kotter, J. (2002). Our Iceberg Is Melting.  New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press.last_img read more