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Posted November 23, 2012
Leading Business Change for Dummies is a ¿how to¿ manual on orga
Leading Business Change for Dummies is a “how to” manual on organizational and process change. From the chapter “The Nuts and Bolts” to “Get Real” the authors lay out the practical steps necessary to achieve organizational change and how to sustain it. This is a must read for any business owner, manager, or for that matter anyone with a job (see Chapter 19 – “Ten Creative Ways to Lead Change When Someone Else is Running the Show”). In the words of the authors this book, “helps leaders become change gurus, ready to take on some of the most difficult changes facing business today.” What more could we ask for? Gregory NelsonWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 13, 2012
Edward Deming, the highly respected management consultant, once
Edward Deming, the highly respected management consultant, once said, "It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory." I find the quote full of wisdom. The implication of course is that if you want your team, department or business to survive and grow, change in mandatory.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The simple truth is that change is happening all around us. We do not have the option to opt out. We must either master change or we will be left behind. Management and leadership are difficult enough in a static environment. Introducing change into the equation increases the level of difficulty. Dealing with all the moving parts of change can be one of the most challenging and complex issues a manager/leader can face. You simply cannot wing it and hope things work out. You need some expert guidance to help you understand all the challenges you will be facing and to guide you through them. That is where Leading Business Change for Dummies can be a real life saver.
If you have read any of the books in the "For Dummies" series, you are probably familiar with the format. This book follows the same format with the helpful "Remember", "Warning" and "Tips" notations in the margins to highlight passages of particular importance. Also it has been my experience that the "For Dummies" series has a very high standard for the content of their books. This one is no exception. It is well organized in a logical straightforward format, it is well written and covers all the important information you will need to implement change in your section, department or business.
The authors cover all aspects of change management, starting with the basics and building up to the more complex issues. The book is extremely ambitious in the amount of content covered. The topics are explained in easy to understand language but there is simply so much information covered in this book that it is highly unlikely you will be able to get it all in one reading. My suggestion would be to read it through and then go back for a refresher as you tackle a particular segment of change.
I suspect that at first you might be overwhelmed with the amount of information contained in this book. But the presentation is in a logical order in an easy to understand format. It is well indexed and has an excellent table of contents - each chapter has detailed information about what is included in that chapter.
It is quite apparent that the authors are writing from many years of field experience. They share some very valuable insights into what works, what doesn't and where the danger areas are. The goal of any change initiative is for the changes to be embraced and lasting. This is extremely difficult to pull off and will not happen by accident. You need a good roadmap and in my opinion, this book provides you one of the best basic guidelines to change you can find.
This book is not for reading and putting on the shelf. You will need to keep it handy and refer to it often. As you go through a change initiative, refer to it often. Let it become your constant companion. You will master the process of change.
I was provided a review copy of this book.
Posted July 19, 2012
I just received this book in the mail after pre-ordering it with
I just received this book in the mail after pre-ordering it with a few other change books. As a new manager faced with change (and a very small rewards and recognition budget) I was able to apply some of the tips immediately (one of the chapter is on motivating MVP employees). I love the format of the book – being able to read one chapter rather than an entire book is incredibly useful for me.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.