AGL 247: Changing from the Inside Out with Erika Andersen

About Erika

Change from the Inside Out: Making You, Your Team, and Your Organization Change-CapableErika Andersen is the founding partner of Proteus, a coaching, consulting, and training firm that focuses on leader readiness. Over the past 30 years, Erika has developed a reputation for creating approaches to learning and business-building that are tailored to her clients’ challenges, goals, and culture. She and her colleagues at Proteus focus uniquely on helping leaders at all levels get ready and stay ready to meet whatever the future might bring.

Much of her recent work has focused on organizational visioning and strategy, executive coaching, and management and leadership development. In these capacities, she serves as a consultant and advisor to the CEOs and top executives of several corporations, including Spotify, Amazon, Revolt TV and Media, Charter/Spectrum, and the Yale School of Public Health. She also shares her insights about managing people and creating successful businesses by speaking to corporations, non-profit groups and national associations.

Erika’s books and learning guides have been translated into Spanish, Turkish, German, French, Russian, and Chinese, and she has contributed to and been quoted in a variety of national publications, including the Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and The New York Times. Erika is also one of the most popular leadership bloggers at, and host of The Proteus Leader Show, a popular business and leadership podcast globally ranked in the top 10%. Through her different resources, Erika is committed to supporting workplace leaders.

Erika Andersen is the best-selling author of Change from the Inside Out: Making You, Your Team, and Your Organization Change-Capable (2021)Be Bad First: Get Good at Things FAST to Stay Ready for the Future (2016)Leading So People Will Follow (2012)Being Strategic: Plan for Success; Outthink Your Competitors; Stay Ahead of Change (2009), and Growing Great Employees: Turning Ordinary People into Extraordinary Performers (2006).

Today We Talked

  • Soft Skills
  • Leadership
  • Change was slow
  • Change was historically bad
  • Safety in the known
  • Humans haven’t evolved for rapid change
  • Purposed Change
  • What does this mean to me
  • Why is it happening
  • What will it look like afterwards
  • It’s difficult, Costly, and Weird
  • Change is accepted when the mindset shifts
  • Must see the rewards
  • Model and advocate for change
  • Fear of the unknown is our deepest fear
  • Listen better
  • Closer your mouth… then summarize
  • Make your employees feel psychologically safe
  • Ask, “What is not working?”
  • Keep the change going
  • Being Change Capable

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