Student Affairs

New Year’s Resolutions: Why Change Fails

Date/Time: Thursday, 3/12/2020, 1 pm EST
Duration: 1 hour
Facilitator: Anne Brackett
Price: $108.00

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How’s your New Year’s Resolution going? That good, eh? Lol. If you’re like most people, you had great intentions but somehow things got off course and you haven’t made the progress you thought you would/should/could. How many times have you wanted to change something to improve your life, your team, your department, or with your students only to end up with more frustration than change? In addition to not getting the changes we want, these experiences can negatively impact our self-esteem, leave us irritated at others, and frustrated about change in general.

Two and a half years ago, I left my campus job to try new things. After a year of research and soul searching, I came to understand why we have so many problems when it comes to creating and maintaining the changes we want in our lives. It’s not that you (and /or your people/students) are not smart enough, driven enough, disciplined enough, or don’t have enough time. The problem is we don’t understand how our brains actually work.

During this webinar, we’ll talk about how most plans for change actually work against our brains. Armed with this information, you can design more effective change efforts. Warning: This webinar is NOT an easy fix for your problems. It’s most likely going to mean rethinking much of what you thought you knew. Honestly, the more I learned the more often I said, “OMG! Why don’t didn’t anyone tell me this before now?!?” What you will get is a better understanding of how to work with your brain – or the brains of your team and students – to make change happen more easily and more successfully, whether it be systematic or on an individual basis.


Why New Year’s Resolutions and other attempts at change usually fail

  • How this impacts us personally and professionally
  • How we think our brain work vs how it really works
  • How to work with our brain to make changes stick
  • Using your talents to make change easier

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will learn…

  • The myth of willpower and discipline
  • The roles of your conscious and subconscious minds
  • How identity impacts change
  • How habits can be used to facilitate change
  • How your talents can help you create change and how they get in your way

Who Should Attend:

Anyone who wants to make changes in their own lives, with their teams or department, or with


Anne Brackett has worked in Student Affairs for 20+ years. She has a MA in Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs from Texas Tech University. She is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach and Engagement Champion. Anne is currently a Co-Founder and the Chief Engagement Officer of Strengths University.  Anne has trained and coached hundreds of students, staff, and faculty members, specializing in Strengths and talent development, supervising skills, assertiveness, and engagement. Anne’s CliftonStrengths Top 5 Talent Themes are Ideation, Context, Adaptability, Input, and Strategic.

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