What Makes Transformation Work?

My graduate thesis explored the difference between change and transformation. Change is fickle. I change my shoes when I get home from work to a more comfortable pair. I could put on stilettos to make dinner, but typically don’t. Transformation expands how we see the world – we can’t go back to who we were or to our former world view.


Ice changes to water when it’s heated, and to steam if enough heat is applied. If the heat is removed and cold persists, in time the water will revert back to ice.

But a butterfly can’t go back to being a caterpillar.

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To Break the Cycle of Poverty, don’t we first need to Remove Systemic Barriers?

In previous articles I’ve posed the question, “What is Poverty?” When visiting what we call third-world countries, I’ve been particularly taken by witnessing a level of abject poverty rarely seen in the U.S., yet often finding more smiling faces and less anxiety and depression than I see among even middle-class Americans. A totally subjective observation on my part, but one I’ve heard echoed by other travelers.

This might also be an observation and comment about poverty for which I was comfortable. Because as Tamra Ryan, the CEO of the Women’s Bean Project and author of The Third Law points out, there are a lot of us in the U.S. who are more comfortable looking at poverty in other countries than seeing it down the street from us. I’ve been one of those people, I’m afraid. It’s been easier to see the Girl Effect as investment needed in other countries, but I didn’t want to admit that much of what keeps people in poverty are the systemic barriers to getting out of it, and cultural systems for which I as a white woman in America have benefited.  Ryan’s self-revelation is helping me start to see my own. 

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If you want your business to Climb High, are you prepared to Go Low to get there?

If you’re striving to sustain growth or want to get more colleagues up the mountain with you, you may be ready to go beyond being effective to leading and influencing others. It’s not easy and requires developing comfort with discomfort. Should you want help, the Ripple Affect would be honored to guide you using our independent approach for developing Strategic Alignment, Affective Leaders and Meaningful Impact.

When I told the first dozen people I named my consulting practice the Ripple Affect, they all responded with a sound – not a hmmm? in confusion, but a declarative hehh!   Something clicked.  Yet when I began handing out business cards, people looked at me like, ‘poor dear, effect is spelled wrong.’ 

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