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Getting Change Right: How Leaders Transform Organizations from the Inside Out [NOOK Book]

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"Calling on expertise and insight honed by years of top-tier management consulting and thought leadership, (Kahan) writes with warm savvy and a rare technical expertise that informs leaders on how they can strategically and logistically enact change the first time around." -from the Foreword by Bill George

Change doesn't flow top down, bottom up, or sideways, but inside out. Real change happens only when people want it to happen, when they feel engaged. Without engagement, you ...

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Getting Change Right: How Leaders Transform Organizations from the Inside Out

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Overview

"Calling on expertise and insight honed by years of top-tier management consulting and thought leadership, (Kahan) writes with warm savvy and a rare technical expertise that informs leaders on how they can strategically and logistically enact change the first time around." -from the Foreword by Bill George

Change doesn't flow top down, bottom up, or sideways, but inside out. Real change happens only when people want it to happen, when they feel engaged. Without engagement, you are left with two alternatives: force and failure.

In Getting Change Right, Seth Kahan challenges you to approach change in a whole new way. Based on years of experience with organizations around the world, Kahan presents a new model of leadership communication-one that moves from top-down dictums to the collaborative construction of shared understanding.

Filled with techniques, templates, and guidelines, Getting Change Right is, first and foremost, a practitioner's guide to implementing change. Presenting a critical shift from the old mind-set of coming up with a good idea and then pushing it through with mandates, Kahan shows how the way to successful, authentic change is through engagement-the need to connect to people, to listen as much as to share ideas, and to involve as many key people as possible in the realization of their goals. When the right people are having the right conversations and interactions, they act in concert, even when the situations they confront are unpredictable.

This hands-on guide offers sample dialogues, questions, assessments, and all-new "Expert Input" from leading change authorities John Kotter, Stephen Denning, and James Wolfensohn, among others.

Getting Change Right goes beyond mere suppositions and hypotheses. It offers business insights and field-tested, practical techniques that you can put to work immediately. This is your guidebook to making change happen in any organization.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470604052
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/25/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 579 KB

Meet the Author

Seth Kahan is an international speaker, trainer, and consultant who has worked with CEOs and senior leaders responsible for large-scale change around the world. He is the author of Fast Company's expert blog "Leading Change" (SethFast.com), and a regular contributor to the Washington Post column "On Success" (SethPost.com). He is an Associate of the Taos Institute. Kahan received the designation Visionary by the Center for Association Leadership, and The Society for the Advancement of Consulting has recognized him as a Thought-leader and Exemplar in the field of Change Leadership.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures.

Foreword (Bill George).

Introduction.

1 Creating Rapid Widespread Engagement

Expert Input: Ken and Mary Gergen on Social Construction and Leading Change.

Expert Input: Steve Denning on Operating Without Budget or Authority.

2 Communicating So People Get It and Spread It.

Expert Input: Rick Stone on the Power of Story.

3 Energizing Your Most Valuable Players.

Expert Input: Jim Wolfensohn on Talking to Everyone.

4 Understanding the of Change.

Expert Input: Madelyn Blair on Storylistening for Reconnaissance.

5 Accelerating Change Through Performance Communities.

Expert Input: Etienne Wenger on Communities of Practice.

6 Generating Dramatic Surges in Progress.

Expert Input: Lesley Shneier on the World Bank's Knowledge Fairs

7 Breaking Through Logjams.

Expert Input: Larry Forster on the Competency for Collaboration

8 WorkLifeSuccess in the Midst of Change.

Expert Input: John Kotter on the Greatest Positive Impact.

Appendix A: Sample Strategic Engagement Plan.

Appendix B: JumpStart Storytelling.

Notes.

Acknowledgments.

About the Author.

Index.

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