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By Fred Kogos

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1 . Tweak the environment. How easy are the expense­ report forms to fill out? The accounting department should be obsessive about simplifying them, to the point of preloading people's names in their reports and distributing empty envelopes for loose receipts. Think Amazon's l -Click ordering. Every barrier that's removed makes the Path clearer. 2. Rally the herd. Many people may conclude, falsely, that everyone turns in the reports late, that lateness is accepted behavior. (Barbara's nagging e-mails may actually reinforce this per­ ception.

But] we were unable to locate any significant spheres in which good was consistently stronger than bad" (emphasis added) . Bad is stronger than good. As Leslie Fiedler once said, lots of novelists have achieved their fame by focusing on marital problems, but there's never been a successful novel about a happy marriage. 9. A particular strain of this "bad is stronger than good" bias is crit­ ical when it comes to tackling change. Let's call it a problemfocus. To see it, consider this situation: Your child comes home one day with her report card.

After all, it worked before. These "exceptions" are just like Jerry Sternin's bright spots. Just as there were some kids in the Vietnamese village who man­ aged to stay healthy despite the poverty, there are some moments in an alcoholic's life when he is sober despite the cravings. Those bright spots are gold to be mined. ) What does this mean for you? You may not fight malnutri­ tion, and you may not need therapy. But if you're trying to change things, there are going to be bright spots in your field of view, and if you learn to recognize them and understand them, you will solve one of the fundamental mysteries of change: What, exactly, needs to be done differently?

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