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Adding that WOW Factor to Your Walls with Stencils

Whether you just purchased your dream home, are getting ready to put your home on the market or are simply ready to redecorate a tired room, wall stenciling is the answer to adding a custom accent to your walls without the costs and mess involved with hanging wallpaper. Wall stenciling will add that pizazz to your walls in the colors and patterns of your choice.

How I Discovered Stenciling and Fell in Love

I happen to love vintage damask and found a breathtaking two tone purple velvet wall paper online recently when I was in the planning process of redecorating a guest bedroom. I found a pattern I fell in love with from a manufacturer in the UK at the cost of 250 dollars per roll. I would have needed 4 rolls for my accent wall which would have cost me 1K in addition to the hassle involved with putting it up (this paper was not the self-adhesive kind). My late brother Danny was a professional painter who taught me how to hang the self-adhesive wall paper, hanging the paper that required the paste was a project I wthumbnail_20161027_132804_resized_1as not ready to take on and definitely not at the cost of a thousand bucks. This led me on an internet quest to find alternatives which is how I found Royal Design Studio website. Browsing their various stencil designs, I fell instantly in love. I watched a few tutorials and then ordered their Grand Fabric Damask Wall Stencil which has registration marks to align the pattern horizontally and vertically. I also purchased brushes, supplies, and stencil paint and was ready to take my wall painting skills to the next level.

Mirror Mirror on The Wall: My Wall Color Inspiration

I had picked out a wall base color from being inspired by a wall 20161119_123156_resizedmirror I had which is a taupe color with a grey purple base showing through from a distressing technique. This mirror also inspired me to take on my first antique distressing project (that’s another blog post coming soon). The color I picked for the wall base color in this room is a Lilac Empress Purple Glidden Diamond paint. The stencil paint I chose for this room is Royal Design Studio stencil cream in antique silver.

Tips I Learned Along the Way

  • Watch the stenciling tutorials before starting your project
  • Measure your wall and draw a line down the middle as this is where you scymera_20161127_092327tart your project
  • Clean your stencil multiple times to minimize bleed
  • Purchase a set of artistic brushes to fix your bleed mistakes
  • Go light on the stencil paint
  • Use a little spray adhesive especially in corners and on ceiling and floor lines
  • If you make a mistake, repaint the area with base and start over

Supplies Needed

  • Stencil
  • Stencil Paint
  • Large and Small Stencil Brushes
  • Painters Tape
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Measuring Tape and Pencil
  • Paper Towels
  • Acrylic Paint Remover to Clean Stencil
  • Scrub Brush to Clean Stencil
  • Artistic Brushes to Correct Bleed Marks
  • Level

Before and After

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The headboard you see in this picture is a Grant Upholstered Headboard by House of Hampton I purchased from Wayfair. I brought the velvet in my décor with this piece.

Welcome To My Blog

“Individual commitment to a group effort-that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work” – Vince Lombardi

Welcome to PhyllisFusco.com. This purpose of this site is to share information of value to educate, empower, and entertain my readers. My goal is to engage you with interesting and informative posts on various topics related to real estate, executive leadership, team building and much more. I will author most posts but on occasion you may read posts of guest authors with subject expertise as I encourage and invite multiple viewpoints for added value.

It is my sincere desire that PhyllisFusco.com become a place you visit frequently and contribute to. I invite you to engage in our conversations and to share your ideas and knowledge by becoming a guest blogger

Three Steps to Getting Your Credit Profile Mortgage Ready

You have been obsessively searching online listings, you cringe every time you make your rent payment because you would rather pay your own mortgage than your landlords and you can’t stop dreaming of hosting family holidays in your own home. These are all signs you are mentally ready to take that step into homeownership but is your credit profile mortgage ready?
The key to getting a low interest rate on your mortgage depends on your credit profile. A better credit profile = a better interest rate which equates to less money out of your pocket. This applies to all types of financing: home loans, auto loans, and revolving accounts such as credit cards. Credit is king. The higher the score, the more money you save.
The money you save on interest can be invested wisely elsewhere such as in your 401k retirement plan or it can be used for vacations or to purchase that boat you have been dreaming of. Even if you are already qualified for a mortgage loan and told by your lender your credit is good, you may still be able to improve your score to take advantage of the lowest possible interest rates available thus saving you tens of thousands of dollars over the life of your mortgage loan.
A 1% difference in your mortgage interest rate over 30 years can equate to a significant amount of money. To illustrate, a 95K mortgage loan with a term of 30 years at  4.5% interest rate will cost you $78,286.38 in interest alone over the life of the loan, while a 5.5% interest rate will cost $ 99,183.84 in interest payments. As you can see, the savings over the life a loan are significant when the interest rate is lower. A 1% difference will cost 22K more. Improving your credit profile before purchasing your home is a cost saving strategy that will save you thousands. Another cost saving strategy is lowering your loan term to 15 years. To illustrate, a 95K mortgage loan with a term of 15 years at a 4.5% interest rate will cost you only $35,813.85 in interest over the life of the loan, while a 5.5% interest rate will cost you $44,721.27 in interest payments. You can enter various loan terms, interest rates, and terms in this online amortization schedule:
The bottom line: It makes good financial sense to work on getting your credit profile in tip top shape before you start looking to purchase your first home. Evaluating your three bureau credit reports for errors and disputing inaccurate information are crucial steps to getting your credit profile mortgage ready and positioning you to get the best interest rates on all of your loans.
1.Get a Copy of Your Credit Reports
The first step is obtaining each of your three bureau credit reports (Experian, Equifax and Trans Union). You can get a copy of all three reports by visiting www.annualcreditreport.com. These reports are free to obtain once a year and will not impact your score.
Your credit reports contain basic identifying information, your credit history, accounts in collection, courthouse records, employers, and inquiries of potential credit grantors. All of these factors make up your credit score.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau states,” A credit report contains information about your credit such as loan paying history and the status of your credit accounts. Lenders use these reports to make lending decisions. This information includes how often you make your payments on time, how much credit you have, how much credit you have available, how much credit you are using, and whether a debt or bill collector is collecting on money you owe. Credit reports also can contain rental repayment information if you are a property renter. It also can contain public records such as liens, judgments, and bankruptcies that provide insight into your financial status and obligations. Lenders use these reports to help them decide if they will loan you money, what interest rates they will offer you, or to determine whether you continue to meet the terms of the account.”
 2.Evaluate Your Profile

The next step is evaluating each report for accuracy. One of the common issues in a credit profile is inaccurate personal information including wrong social security numbers, names, others people’s names that somehow got mixed in your report, and addresses and employer information .You also want to check the trade line statuses as well to ensure each account is being reported accurately. To illustrate,you have paid an account in full but the credit reporting agency is still showing it as ” in collection”. This can result in having inaccurate trade line reporting on your credit profile which can negatively impact your credit score. According to The Federal Trade Commission,” The 2012 study found, among other things, that one in five consumers had an error that was corrected by a credit reporting agency (CRA) after it was disputed on at least one of their three credit reports. The study also found that about 20 percent of consumers who identified errors on one of their three major credit reports experienced an increase in their credit score that resulted in a decrease in their credit risk tier, making them more likely to be offered a lower auto loan interest rate”

3.Dispute Inaccurate Information

If inaccurate information on one or more of your credit reports is identified, you will need to dispute these items. This involves sending a letter to the credit reporting agency explaining the dispute and including copies (NOT ORIGINALS) of any supporting documentation. According to The Federal Trade Commission,” Your letter should clearly identify each item in your report you dispute, state the facts and explain why you dispute the information, and request that it be removed or corrected. You may want to enclose a copy of your report with the items in question circled. Send your letter by certified mail, “return receipt requested,” so you can document what the credit reporting company received. Keep copies of your dispute letter and enclosures.”
Credit reporting agencies must investigate the disputes within thirty days and forward the information you supplied them to the creditor in question. Once the creditor receives the notice of dispute and supporting documents from the credit reporting agency, they must investigate and report the result of their findings back to the credit reporting agency. If the creditor finds the information reported is inaccurate, they must notify all three credit bureaus who must then update the information in your credit file. When complete, the credit bureau must provide a letter to you of the findings and include a free copy of your credit report. Upon request, the credit bureau must send a corrected report to anyone who requested a copy of your credit report over the previous six months and to any employer who requested a copy over the previous two years.
If your dispute did not result in a resolution, you can request a statement of the dispute be included in your file. You can also request the credit reporting company provide your statement to anyone who received a copy of your report in the recent past.
Lastly, you must notify the creditor in writing that you disputed an item in your credit report. Include copies (NOT ORIGINALS) of supporting documents. Send the letter to the creditors address listed on the credit report. If the creditor continues to list the disputed item on your report, it must notify the credit reporting agency and if the information is found to be inaccurate, the creditor must inform the credit reporting agency to update or delete the item in question.
If information in your report is found to be accurate only time will improve your score and ensure the removal of any negative trade lines from your credit file.
The FTC states,” When negative information in your report is accurate, only the passage of time can assure its removal. A credit reporting company can report most accurate negative information for seven years and bankruptcy information for 10 years. Information about an unpaid judgment against you can be reported for seven years or until the statute of limitations runs out, whichever is longer. There is no time limit on reporting: information about criminal convictions; information reported in response to your application for a job that pays more than $75,000 a year; and information reported because you’ve applied for more than $150,000 worth of credit or life insurance. There is a standard method for calculating the seven-year reporting period. Generally, the period runs from the date that the event took place.”
The older the negative account is, the less impact it will have on your overall credit profile and eventually it will drop off.In the meantime, monitor your reports routinely for accuracy, dispute anything questionable, and pay all of your accounts on time as this has the biggest impact on your credit score.
For a list of HUD APPROVED Housing Counseling Agencies in your area visit http://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/hcc/hcs.cfm

 

The High Performance Virtual Team

Working well together as a team can be challenging when all the team members are in the same office, but in the globalized world of today with online learning and telecommuting becoming the new norm, virtual teams are now very common. So how do you overcome the challenges of team building so you can function as a high performance team when you and your team members are in different locations and sometimes in different time zones?

To answer that question we must first define what a work team is. According to Trillium Teams “Work teams are based on the concept that the team members have the right mix of complementary skills and they need to work together to be able to achieve their task. The purpose of a team and its performance goals are tied to each other and both must be clear to meet success. A good team understands the purpose of working together and they have developed a common approach on how they work together, as well as hold themselves accountable for the outcome”
So how do teams accomplish this? They do so by creating a team charter. A team charter provides the framework for developing project purpose, membership roles, goals, objectives, performance standards and action plans that will assist the team in reaching its desired outcomes while minimizing conflict. As the Trillium Teamsnote,A team charter is a simple document which outlines the purpose and goals of the team. The process of creating this together is a great team building tool. This will compel everyone to clarify team norms, roles and responsibilities, escalation methods, etc. As well, the charter provides a written document everyone can refer to, especially new members of the team.”

Keep in mind that a virtual work team is not much different than a traditional work team, the key difference is the mode of communication. While  traditional teams communicate face to face, virtual team members interact electronically. This is accomplished via audio conferencing, video conferencing, and web conferencing. To ensure a successful virtual meeting, planning is essential. This is done by the meeting facilitator who prepares clearly defined agendas to clarify the purpose of each meeting and include any deadline driven action steps for each member. Even if the team is not directly dependent on each other for work related results, holding routine virtual meetings is a great way to promote open communication and information sharing.

Communication is the foundation to everything successful and is key to creating high performance teams. Being able to communicate openly involves trusting your teammates enough to share your honest in-put in a non-threatening environment. Promoting a culture of open and honest communication is essential. This consists of getting to know each other on a personal level, understanding each member’s communication style and seeing the value in the diversity of each team member.

Holding regular team meetings is also critical. Meeting at a minimum of twice a month is recommended to keep the lines of communication open and to move the team projects forward. 

Tenant Resume:The Key To Landing Your Rental of Choice

“Before Anything Else,Preparation is The Key to Success” –  Alenander Graham Bell
 
Looking for a new rental is a lot like applying for a job. During a job interview you size up the supervisor and the position while the supervisor determines if you’ll be a good fit. When applying for a rental, you try to find out if it’s the right unit for your family as the landlord or manager determines whether you’ll be a good tenant. According to Kaycee Wegener, “Applying for a rental home can be as competitive as landing your dream job.  The best properties will attract the most qualified tenants, and as a renter, the application process should be approached like applying for a new job. Just as a polished resume detailing your qualifications can make you stand out in a pool of job applicants, a rental resume detailing your qualifications as an outstanding tenant can make you stand out in the rental market.”
Preparation is key. You wouldn’t go into a job interview without a well-polished resume, then you shouldn’t go into a meeting with a landlord unprepared. Having a tenant resume to give to your potential landlord will make a great first impression and position you to land the rental.

Most career resumes begin with an objective describing what the job seeker is looking for and what he or she brings to the table. Your tenant resume should also start off with an objective. To make your objective great, consider what you’re looking for in a rental and why a landlord should rent to you.

The next section should include a paragraph on your background. Landlords love to know a bit of history about their tenants and presenting all of this information upfront will help the landlord get a good picture of who you are.
The following section should showcase total monthly income and include any subsidies you have to show a snapshot to a landlord how you will pay for your unit and related costs. Please be aware of the federal and state fair housing laws which protects members of certain classes from discrimination in housing.The federal Fair Housing Act of 1968 prohibits discrimination concerning the rental, sale, or financing of housing because of a person’s: Race, Color, National Origin,Sex (Gender): whether you are male, female, or gender non-conforming, Disabled (Mental or Physical), Religion, and Children or Familial Status. Additionally, the state of Connecticut recognizes the following as protected classes:  Ancestry, Marital Status:, Age, Sexual Orientation, Lawful Source of Income: whether you have financial assistance in the form of Section 8, via the Rental Assistance Program, Security Deposit Guarantee, and other forms of public assistance, Gender Identity and Gender Expression: whether your gender expression/identity matches your assigned gender at birth.
The bottom line: A potential landlord cannot deny you housing because you are a member of one or more of the protected classes. In Connecticut, some properties are exempt under these laws. To determine if a property is exempt contact the Connecticut Fair Housing Center at (888) 247-4401.For more information on Connecticut Fair Housing Lawsvisit http://www.ctfairhousing.org/. For a review of the state fair housing laws around the country visit http://www.civilrights.org/fairhousing/laws/.It is wise to review federal and state fair housing laws prior to looking for units so you can identify housing discrimination and understand the process to reporting it should you encounter it during your search.
Next, you should include a section in your tenant resume on rental history which is a huge factor for landlords when deciding which tenants to approve. If you have been a good tenant in the past, chances are you will be a good tenant again.
Lastly, landlords prefer to lease to renters who can provide good references. While you don’t have to include a written statement from each person, having two or more references listed on your tenant resume will increase your chances of approval. Your supervisor, your previous landlords and even co-workers can serve as references.
Example of a Tenant Resume
Janet Smith
123 Hometown Street, Waterbury, CT 06708 – 098.765.4321 – jsmith@gmail.com
Objective
     My objective is to locate a 3-bedroom unit in a safe and quiet neighborhood located within commuting distance of my job and near my children’s school.
Background
    Graduated from Porter and Chester Institute with a certificate in Phlebotomy.
Currently works at ABC Hospital. When I am not working, I enjoy hiking, cooking, and writing. I am a quiet tenant who has never been evicted and has good rental and character references.
Education
Porter and Chester Institute, Watertown CT
August 2011, Phlebotomy Technician Certification
Employment
Lab Technician
August 2012-Present, ABC Hospital, Waterbury , CT
Head Cashier
2008-2012, Stop and Shop, Danbury, CT
Rental History
Greenlawn Apartments, John Taylor, Property Manager, 000-000-000
January 2010 to January 2013
Rent: $1,000
Reason for leaving: To upgrade to a larger apartment due to family composition change
Monthly Income
Employment: $1,100
Child Support: $535
From CEAP Award for Energy Assistance: $67 per month (800 award % 12)
Rental subsidy from Housing Choice: $500
Total Monthly Amount: $2,202
References
Rental: John Taylor, Property Manager, Greenlawn Apts. (787) 333-9876
Employer: Rick Doogan, Assistant Lab Director, ABC Hospital (123) 456-7890
Personal: Kathy Williams, Instructor, Porter and Chester Institute (000) 444-4444
Get a Copy of Your Three Bureau Credit Report
Landlords have the right to request a copy of your credit report when determining whether you are a qualified candidate for a rental unit. Your credit report contains basic identifying information, your credit history, accounts in collection, courthouse records, employers, and inquiries of potential credit grantors. All of these factors make up your credit score. Credit scores generally range from 300 to 900 depending on the credit bureau. Credit scores are guidelines that help landlords and creditors assess your ability to pay. Consumers can receive free copies of their credit reports every 12 months from www.annualcreditreport.com. This is the only authorized source under federal law that provides free credit reports from the three major national credit reporting companies – Equifax, Experian and Transunion. Obtaining this free annual credit report will not impact your credit score.

 

You can attach a copy of your credit report to your tenant resume and/ or rental application during your apartment search. This may save you money because a landlord or his agent will charge a fee to pull your credit report which will show as a hard inquiry on your credit report and will impact your credit score. Please note, landlords also have a right to request a background screening to verify employment, criminal background, and eviction records. Having past issues on your report does not necessarily disqualify you for an apartment. A landlord will consider a variety of factors including rental history, character references, and the accuracy of the information obtained on your rental application. Landlords understand that hardships are a part of everyone’s life; the key is to be honest right from the start and build a tenant resume that showcases your strengths.

Visualization: The Secret to Bringing Your Dreams to Life

“If you can dream it, you can do it” – Walt Disney
Visualization has been instrumental in bringing dreams to life since the dawn of mankind. Everything that has ever been achieved or created by any group or individual first started with a vision and powerful belief that the vision would be realized. Empires , historic marvels, and institutions of all types originated from a vision. The ancient pyramids in Egypt, the Roman aqueducts, our modern civilization—all began with a vision. Vision is the secret to bringing dreams to life.
Great leaders throughout history had vision and thus created civilization as we know it. Vision is the act of a leader seeing the future the way they want it to arrive. Tracy (2003) notes, “This means they can visualize and imagine an ideal future, well in advance of its becoming a reality. Just as Walt Disney clearly saw a happy, clean, family oriented amusement park many years before Disneyland was built” (p.190).
Visualization, also called mental imagery, is using the power of your mind to bring goals and dreams to life. It is painting a picture in your mind of your desired outcome prior to it becoming a reality. Mental imagery involves more than just the visual aspect as it also consists of using kinesthetic sense (feeling the wind on your skin) and auditory sense (hearing the crowd cheer you on). Additionally, emotions (feeling exhilaration) play a huge role in the visualization process. Many elite athletes have used the technique of visualization or mental imagery to increase performance and take home the championship title as noted by LaVan (2009):
“Seasoned athletes use vivid, highly detailed internal images and run-throughs of the entire performance, engaging all their senses in their mental rehearsal, and they combine their knowledge of the sports venue with mental rehearsal. World Champion Golfer, Jack Nicklaus has said: “I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp in-focus picture of it in my head”.”
How exactly does visualization work? Apparently, the brain does not know the difference between what is real or imagined. According to Gregoire (2014),” Research on the brain patterns of weightlifters found that the patterns activated when a weightlifter lifted heavy weights were activated similarly when they simply imagined lifting”.
Hollywood elite have used visualization to rise to stardom. To illustrate, Jim Carrey , who was broke and unknown at the time, parked his car on Muholland Drive every night and visualized becoming a Hollywood star. He wrote himself a ten million dollar check for “actor services rendered” and postdated it for three years. Within three years, he secured a ten million dollar deal to star in the movie Dumb and Dumber.”
Visualization has been instrumental to bringing dreams—big and small—to life for people from all walks of life: great leaders, olympic athletes, movie stars, and those who set smaller goals such as the participants of a life skills training program called Learn to Earn . Learn to Earn is a State of Connecticut pilot program implemented by a Waterbury Connecticut community action agency , New Opportunities, Inc. This intensive 24 week employment readiness skills development program combines the aspects of life and job skills development with real-world work experience and a supportive job search. Kathy Collins, who oversees the program, says “visualization techniques are incorporated in the curriculum”. The very first step in the Learn to Earn program is the creation of a life board which is a timeline of images selected or sketched by participants that represent significant life events from birth to the present time. This empowering self-reflection project helps the students exercise introspection to obtain an understanding of how certain life events, past choices and other factors led them to where they currently are in life. The final step in the program is the creation of a vision board which helps the students focus on their future goals through images they select and paste on a poster board. This empowers students by providing them with a blueprint to realizing their goals through visualization. Once they meet their established goals, they obtain confidence in their visualization abilities and can go on to set and achieve bigger goals.
What Is a Vision Board?
A vision board is a collage of images selected form various magazines and pasted on a poster board. These images represent dreams and aspirations one would like see come to life. Love, money, a car, a house, a new job, a published book, a fit body, a flourishing business, increased sales, a promotion or anything a person can imagine can be achieved with the help of a vision board. According to Kane (2014):
“A vision board, at its core, is a visual representation of all the things that you want to do, be, and have in your life… It’s a daily reminder of those things. Something you can look at every single day to remind you of your deepest desires. And it’s powerful. Because the thing is, ATTENTION is powerful, and where your attention goes, your energy flows.”
Creating Your Vision Board
Materials required to create your vision board include old magazines, a poster board, scissors and a glue stick. You can also take pictures of images that represent what you would like to bring to life. An example would be taking a picture of the street you would like to live on one day. The more challenging part of creating your vision board is getting clear on your intent. What exactly do you want to bring into your life? The best way to clarify your goals is to begin the process with a ritual. Kane (2014) writes:
“Sit quietly and set the intent. With lots of kindness and openness, ask yourself what it is you want… This process makes it a deeper experience. It gives a chance for your ego to step aside just a little, so that you can more clearly create your vision.”
Begin by going through the magazines and cut out images and phrases that energize you. Use your intuition to guide you. Arrange the cutouts on the vision board in a way that feels right to you but do not glue them until you have the layout down. You can create specific areas on your vision board for various themes.  Kane (2014) writes:
“As you lay the pictures on the board, you’ll get a sense how the board should be laid out. For instance, you might assign a theme to each corner of the board. Health, Job, Spirituality, Relationships, for instance. Or it may just be that the images want to go all over the place.”
I would love to hear your stories on how your dreams came to life by using visualization and vision boards. Please share your stories to inspire others and remember to DREAM BIGGER!
References
Gregoire,C.(2014, February 11). The brain-training secrets of Olympic athletes. [Web log comment]. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/11/mind-hacks-from-olympic-a_n_4747755.html
Kane, C. (2014,November 1). How to make a vision board. [Web log comment].Retrieved from http://christinekane.com/how-to-make-a-vision-board/#sthash.o3cHIRgi.HTpj1qJ9.dpbs
Kane, C. (2014,November 1). What is vision board? [Web log comment].Retrieved from http://christinekane.com/what-is-a-vision-board/#sthash.SEE1SRHh.4dM1F0Ae.dpbs
LaVan, A.J. (2009, December 3). Seeing is believing: The power of visualization. [Web log comment]. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/flourish/200912/seeing-is-believing-the-power-visualization
Tracy, B. (2003). Goals: How to get everything you want – faster than you ever thought possible. California: Berrett-Koehler.
What Oprah Learned from Jim Carrey Oprah’s Lifeclass Oprah Winfrey Network.  [Video file]. Retrieved https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPU5bjzLZX0

Overcoming Resistance to Change: Lewin’s Model as a Best Practice

“The single biggest way to impact an organization is to focus on leadership development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an organization that recruits good people, raises them up as leaders and continually develops them.”-John Maxwell

The challenging aspect of leading organizational change is to overcome resistance. People and groups of all types resist change. As a psychologist, Kurt Lewin understood human behavior and designed a model for organizational change aimed at minimizing resistance. Kurt Lewin believed that while undergoing organizational change there are two opposing forces that are in conflict. These forces are the employees who want change to occur and those who don`t. Lewin’s model of organizational change consists of three distinct phases of unfreezing, moving, and refreezing that aim to minimize resistance and reinforce the behavior necessary for lasting change. In the unfreezing stage, the goal is to minimize the forces that want to keep change from occurring. In the moving stage, the goal is to introduce the new direction which is accomplished by changing the culture, structure and systems to support the new direction. In the refreezing stage, the new behavior needs to be reinforced to facilitate lasting change (Schultz, 2010).

GE provides an example of a world class organization that successfully maneuvered the change process utilizing Lewin’s Theory. To unfreeze and move G.E. in a new direction, the structure was flattened and power dynamics redistributed (Hill, 2011).Employees at the bottom of the organizational hierarchy were empowered. According to Bateman and Snell (2007), ” An empowering work environment provides people with information necessary to perform at their best, knowledge about how to use the information…, power to make decisions that give them control over their work,  and the rewards they deserve for the contributions they make” (p. 444).  GE illustrates how HR can help facilitate and maintain lasting change by improving the appraisal and reward system to reinforce the new behaviors. As Jack Welch himself summarized,” what you reward is what you get“(Welch, 2003).Additionally, HR can redesign its processes of recruiting, selection, and training to maintain the new order. To illustrate, GE incorporates behavior skills interviewing in its selection process to ensure that recruits of the highest caliber are hired. Once hired, employees undertake a training program that helps them internalize the GE culture.GE leaders continuously communicate to staff how the organizations’ five growth traits of imagination, clear thinking, inclusiveness, external focus, and domain are linked to the business objectives.GE measures performance by rating employees on each of these five traits and on the qualities of imagine, solve, build, and lead (Knudson, 2013).
References
Bateman, T. S., & Snell, S .A. (2007). Management: Leading and Collaborating in a Competitive World (7th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill/Irwin.
Hill, C. (2011). International business: Competing in a global environment. New York: McGraw-Hill/Irwin
Knudson, L. (2013). Generating leaders ge style .HR Management, 4, 1-4. Retrieved from http://www.hrmreport.com/article/Generating-leaders-GE-
Schultz, John R (2011). Making it all work: a pocket guide to sustain improvement and anchor change. Retrieved from http://xk3zd8en7c.search.serialssolutions.com
Welch, J. (2003). Jack: straight from the gut. New York: Business Plus