Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

Why is it so hard to make lasting changes in our companies, in our communities, and in our own lives?

The primary obstacle is a conflict that’s built into our brains, say Chip and Dan Heath, authors of the critically acclaimed bestseller Made to Stick. Psychologists have discovered that our minds are ruled by two different systems—the rational mind and the emotional mind—that compete for control. … [ Read more ]

The Power of Collective Wisdom and the Trap of Collective Folly

In a world facing increasing complexity, ambiguity, and uncertainty, it is both good and necessary to be reminded of deeper truths and practical principles for creating lasting change. Winner of the Nautilus Award for Conscious Business and Leadership, this book is for leaders, groups, communities, and networks desiring to increase our human capacity for creativity, well being, and social change. The Power of Collective Wisdom … [ Read more ]

The Renewal Factor: How the Best Get and Keep the Competitive Edge

In this complementary volume to In Search of Excellence, which Waterman coauthored, his emphasis is on change in business; the message is: renew or go under. He outlines eight themes. The concepts are these: good companies set direction, not detailed strategy; they treat all employees as sources of creative input; they have a high regard for facts; they anticipate crises and are ready to break … [ Read more ]

The Change Leader’s Roadmap: How to Navigate Your Organization’s Transformation

In this companion volume to Beyond Change Management, the authors provide you with specific how-to guidance for putting their breakthrough change theory into practice, offering detailed tools, techniques, and step-by-step processes. The book provides the most comprehensive guidance available today for building transformational change strategy and designing and implementing successful transformation. The authors give you an extensive thinking discipline that helps you tailor the most … [ Read more ]

10 Natural Forces for Business Success: Harnessing the Energy for Positive Impact

As a 20-year veteran of change in corporate America, Peter Garber draws on his extensive experience as a human resource professional and international consultant to help managers and leaders anticipate and plan for the inevitable waves of change in their organizations.

10 Natural Forces for Business Success offers a wealth of new discoveries about how to build operational and personnel systems around the 10 natural forces … [ Read more ]

Managing the Dynamics of Change: The Fastest Path to Creating an Engaged and Productive Workplace

This action-oriented book presents the revolutionary J Curve model, which tracks people’s performance, thoughts, and emotions at each of the five stages of the change process, from resistance through positive acceptance-key knowledge you need to lead your team and speed implementation. Used by leading companies such as IBM, Chevron, Toyota-Lexus, and 3M, the J Curve gives you proven tactics and tools for quickly getting employees … [ Read more ]

Strategic Organizational Change

In this book, Dr. Beitler begins by providing a systematic approach for diagnosing organizational problems. Then he offers his step-by-step approach for designing and implementing organizational change interventions. Everything is written in a practical, easy-to-follow style, with an abundance of checklists and practice tools. Every manager and change consultant will gain valuable insights and practice tools from this book. In an increasingly competitive world these … [ Read more ]

Organizational Culture and Leadership

In this third edition of his classic book, Edgar Schein shows how to transform the abstract concept of culture into a practical tool that managers and students can use to understand the dynamics of organizations and change. Organizational pioneer Schein updates his influential understanding of culture–what it is, how it is created, how it evolves, and how it can be changed. Focusing on today’s business … [ Read more ]

The Change Champion’s Fieldguide: Strategies and Tools for Leading Change in Your Organization

This fieldguide is for all change champions who are learning about, seeking to, or who are in the midst of leading social or organizational change…The purpose of this fieldguide is to provide you with all of the necessary elements to implement a best practice change or leadership development initiative within your organization or social system. Contributors in this book are widely recognized as among the … [ Read more ]

Appreciative Inquiry Handbook: The First in a Series of Ai Workbooks for Leaders of Change

AI identifies an organization’s successful qualities, and then connects visions, plans, and structures to this positive foundation to heighten energy and inspire action for change. Appreciative Inquiry Handbook explains in-depth what AI is and how it works, and includes stories of AI interventions and classic articles, sample project plans, interview guidelines, participant worksheets, a list of resources, a glossary of terms, and more.

Changing Minds: The Art and Science of Changing Our Own and Other People’s Minds

Minds are exceedingly hard to change. Ask any advertiser who has tried to convince consumers to switch brands, any CEO who has tried to change a company’s culture, or any individual who has tried to heal a rift with a friend. So many aspects of life are oriented toward changing minds-yet this phenomenon is among the least understood of familiar human experiences.

Now, eminent Harvard psychologist … [ Read more ]

Change Without Pain: How Managers Can Overcome Initiative Overload, Organizational Chaos, and Employee Burnout

Much of the advice that has been given to corporations about managing change is bad, according to Eric Abrahamson, a professor of management at Columbia Business School. In Change Without Pain, he takes to task the advocates of “creative destruction” and the mantra of “change or perish,” which he suggests has been “overprescribed by gurus for decades.” He argues that adaptive change is most successful … [ Read more ]

Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life

If you haven’t heard of this best-seller you are living under a rock. I actually have no interest in reading this myself and was never planning to add it to this site’s recommendations, but after reading an interesting analysis of why the book was so successful (http://www.strategy-business.com/press/article/16999?pg=all) I decided to go ahead and add it.

Managing Strategic Innovation and Change: A Collection of Readings

The problem isn’t coming up with good ideas-any manager will tell you-it’s creating an organization that can implement those good ideas and sustain innovation over time.

In this book, a second edition to the popular original, editors Michael Tushman (Harvard Business School) and Philip Anderson (INSEAD) continue to collect best writings on the subject of managing innovation, some current, some that go back decades. A reading … [ Read more ]

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

“When I am asked for material to read on managing paradigmatic change, I respond with a very unlikely source: The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, by the late Thomas Kuhn. This book is a staple at the doctoral level in business schools, but it rarely appears on airport bookshelves, and it is not about business at all.

This book grew out of Kuhn’s research on the history … [ Read more ]

Joe Sails: A Story in Progress

This humorous Socratic style book helps individuals and organizations change their core business behaviors through a fictitious story. With its solid story line and smooth read the book is an excellent catalyst for change. By being light and engaging readers associate easily with the characters.

Fast Forward: Organizational Change in 100 Days

This pair of Canadian b-school profs detail a change process utilizing 10 “Winning Conditions” to create shared understanding, speed, and critical mass. They also show how to apply the process to five common organizational challenges: acquisition integration; new venture launches; IT roll-outs; organizational turnarounds; and culture changes.

Champions of Change : How CEOs and Their Companies are Mastering the Skills of Radical Change

Business consultant and author David Nadler draws on direct experiences with several top CEOs for this well-written book about organizational change, specifically “leadership change.” The 14 chapters fall roughly into three sections. In the first section Nadler surveys the forces that make change inevitable but so difficult for modern businesses. Then he presents several tools and techniques to treat organizational change, including planning, direction setting, … [ Read more ]