HBR's 10 Must Reads on Change Management (including featured article "Leading Change," by John P. Kotter)
HBR's 10 Must Reads
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Most company's change initiatives fail. Yours don't have to.
If you read nothing else on change management, read these 10 articles (featuring “Leading Change,” by John P. Kotter). We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help you spearhead change in your organization.
HBR's 10 Must Reads on Change Management will inspire you to:
Lead change through eight critical stagesEstablish a sense of urgencyOvercome addiction to the status quoMobilize commitmentSilence naysayersMinimize the pain of changeConcentrate resourcesMotivate change when business is good
This collection of best-selling articles includes: featured article "Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail" by John P. Kotter, "Change Through Persuasion," "Leading Change When Business Is Good: An Interview with Samuel J. Palmisano," "Radical Change, the Quiet Way," "Tipping Point Leadership," "A Survival Guide for Leaders," "The Real Reason People Won't Change," "Cracking the Code of Change," "The Hard Side of Change Management," and "Why Change Programs Don't Produce Change."
The sum is not greater than the parts...
Overall an OK read, but I'm disappointed that this represents the 'Top Ten' HBR articles on change management! There is some good stuff, but nothing outstanding, and perhaps more importantly nothing really new.
A good summary would go something like this... Change management can work this way, or this way, or even sometimes this way. We'll tell you about the general concepts repeatedly, using different research resources to validate our views, and we'll repackage the thinking with catchy new phrases to keep it fresh! Now please pay us lots of money.
In short, if you already work in the field, I'd dare to venture that this is a bit of a waste of money. Indeed, if I were a harsher critic, it would have received only two stars...
The one redeeming feature? This apparently represents HBR's "best thinking" in the field... Which at least tells us there's plenty of room for both innovative thinking and writing in the future!
If you're new to change management buy this book. If not, read the Kotter article, and perhaps the "cracking the code of change" one, and then deep dive on change resistance (and how to manage it), systems thinking, and emotional intelligence in leadership elsewhere.
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- Category: Management & Leadership
- Published: 24 February 2011
- Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
- Print Length: 224 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: HBR's 10 Must Reads