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A practical guide to navigate change in today's organizational climate. Change or perish: this is a current motto for leaders in all types of organizations. But how does one adapt to such fast and furious change and effectively lead the organization through change? Hans Finzel provides a proven strategy in Change is Like a Slinky, exploring the six major phases in the cycle of change. As he says, "Change is a lot like a Slinky... A slinky can be a lot of fun, but it is also completely unpredictable." Instead of ...
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A practical guide to navigate change in today's organizational climate. Change or perish: this is a current motto for leaders in all types of organizations. But how does one adapt to such fast and furious change and effectively lead the organization through change? Hans Finzel provides a proven strategy in Change is Like a Slinky, exploring the six major phases in the cycle of change. As he says, "Change is a lot like a Slinky... A slinky can be a lot of fun, but it is also completely unpredictable." Instead of grudgingly wading through inevitable change, readers will find themselves equipped and fired up to tackle it head on.
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If you're wrestling with change in your group or organization -- and who isn't? -- this is a must-read book.  Hans Finzel shows that like a Slinky, change can be fun.  His style and down-to-earth insights teach you how to navigate change-not from a classroom but in the real world, working with real people.
-Ken Blanchard, co-author of The One Minute Manager and The Leadership Pill

Make this book an essential part of your leadership library.  And let Hans Finzel be your lighthouse captain through the circuitous route to positive, constructive, well-tolerated change.  Ignore him at your peril.
-John Maxwell, Founder, The INJOY Group

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781881273684
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


HANS FINZEL (D.Miss., Fuller School of World Missions; Th. M., Dallas Theological Seminary) is the president of WorldVenture (formerly CBInternational). He and his wife, Donna, spend ten years as missionaries in Eastern Europe, working to train pastors behind the Iron Curtain. Hans is the author of five books, including Change is Like a Slinky and The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make. He co-authored The Top Ten Ways to Love Your Wife with his wife. He is the host of the radio show Missions on the Frontline, is a sought-after speaker and has served as an adjunct faculty member at both Denver and Trinity Seminaries. Hans and Donna have four children and live in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
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It took forty years for radio to gain fifty million domestic listeners in the United States. Then it took only thirteen years for television and cable TV to gain fifty million viewers. And the Internet? It took only four years to gain fifty million domestic users. With the advent of PDAs and wireless phones, Internet usage worldwide will exceed 1.1 billion in 2005. That means one of every six residents of planet earth will be using the Internet in 2005.1 And look at the explosion of cell phone usage. Today there are already one billion mobile phone users worldwide. China is adding five million new cell users per month! Name an age-old problem you hardly even imagined would be turned on its ear. I can name you an upcoming technology with a strong chance of solving it within the next twenty years. You name it, and if your organization is founded upon solving the last millennium's paradigms, you're in trouble. I'm not telling you to abandon your mission, but rather to work very, very hard at keeping your coils light. Get ready to adapt to changes of a magnitude that will make your head spin.
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Table of Contents


Introduction: Change Is a Runaway Slinky

Phase One: Accept the Need for Change

1. Keep Your Coils Light

2. Resistance Is Futile

3. With the Slightest Nudge, You Can Change Things

4. Change for Change's Sake

5. A Love-Hate Relationship with Change

Phase Two: Aim Squarely at the Future

6. Got Vision?

7. Playing Takes a Dreamer

8. Follow That Bouncing Change!

9. Become a Futurist

10. It's All About Alignment

Phase Three: Anticipate Your Adversaries and Allies

11. Create a Sense of Urgency

12. Build Consensus from the Inside Out

13. The Anatomy of Resisters

14. The Next Big Thing

15. Don't Forget Your FAQs

Phase Four: Advance the Plan with Courage and Tenacity

16. Launch with Courage

17. Communicate, Communicate, Communicate!

18. Think 1-3-5

19. Think Leaps, Not Tweaks

20. Be Sure to Issue Flak Jackets

Phase Five: Adjust Course As You Listen and Learn

21. Change Is Like a Box of Chocolates

22. Read the Seasons

23. Listening Leaders

24. Learn, Unlearn, and Relearn

25. The Law of the Boomerang Effect

Phase Six: Align Your Team As You Stay the Course of Change

26. Take the Long View of Success

27. Encouragement: The Oil of the Change Process

28. Paradigm Pliancy: The Ongoing Quest for Alignment

29. Trust: The Glue That Keeps the Team Together

30. Never Give Up Your Dream!

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