There are many forms of change; as Heraclitus once said: “The only constant is change.”1 Simply put, people change in one of two ways. The first option is they have a significant emotional event and it becomes the catalyst for change. Classic examples of this are divorce, bankruptcy, heart attack, having a baby, inheriting a large sum of money, or falling in love. A few years ago, an obese attorney I know got divorced when his wife walked out. Divorce for him was a significant emotional event. Today, having developed new eating and exercise behaviors, he is lean and running marathons. His whole life is changing and soon he will be getting married.

Some people choose not to change even after a significant emotional event. One CEO I know ...

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