Leading Change Step-by-Step: Tactics, Tools, and Tales

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The subject of leading change is of paramount importance for leaders these days as it seems that, more than ever, the only constant is change. It is crucial to not only have a vision, but also to be skilled at translating that vision into reality and sustaining it. Leaders must know where to start, how to win support and cope with resistance, and how to institutionalize the change initiative.

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Overview

The subject of leading change is of paramount importance for leaders these days as it seems that, more than ever, the only constant is change. It is crucial to not only have a vision, but also to be skilled at translating that vision into reality and sustaining it. Leaders must know where to start, how to win support and cope with resistance, and how to institutionalize the change initiative.

Leading Change Step-by-Step offers a comprehensive and tactical guide for change leaders. This field-tested approach from change expert Jody Spiro has been used successfully for more than a decade in a wide variety of organizations, including K-12 schools and districts, universities, international agencies, and nonprofits. The book is filled with proven tactics for implementing change successfully, with helpful tools to put change efforts into practice-including rubrics, helpful questions to ask, and common mistakes to avoid. Also included are stories of struggle and success that show how this approach has been used effectively in 22 states and internationally. The tools guide leaders through analyzing situations, identifying stakeholders, and working with them effectively to bring about the desired results.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470635629
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/21/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 136,584
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jody Spiro, Ed.D., has worked extensively with nonprofits, governments, universities, districts, and schools in the U.S. and abroad on leading change. Currently she serves as adjunct professor at NYU's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and senior program officer at The Wallace Foundation.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii

About the Author xv

Introduction: The Essentials of Leading Change Step-by-Step 1

Step 1 Determining Your Change Strategy-and Making Your Plan 11

Tactics 13

Essential Elements 13

Common Mistakes to Avoid 17

Tool: Strategy/Action Aligner 18

Tales 20

Step 2 Assessing Readiness-Where You Are Isn't Necessarily Where They Are 23

Tactics 25

Essential Elements 25

Common Mistakes to Avoid 28

Tool: Readiness Rubrics 30

Tales 44

Step 3 Analyzing the Stakeholders-Who Cares? Why? and What Can They Do About It? 51

Tactics 53

Essential Elements 53

Common Mistakes to Avoid 58

Tool: Stakeholder Strategizer 59

Tales 64

Step 4 Minimizing Resistance-While Maximizing Your Tolerance for It 69

Tactics 71

Types of Resistance 71

Essential Elements 72

Common Mistakes to Avoid 74

Tool: Resistance Reducer 77

Tales 84

Step 5 Securing a Small, Early Win-Turning the Tide Toward the Results You Want 89

Tactics 91

Essential Elements 91

Common Mistakes to Avoid 93

Tool: Early Win Wonder 94

Tales 97

Step 6 Engaging the Key Players in Planning-Achieving Collaboration Without Disintegration 101

Tactics 103

Essential Elements 103

Common Mistakes to Avoid 105

Tool: Collaborative Planning Parameters 108

Action Planning Sheet 113

Tales 116

Step 7 Scaling and Sustaining-or All Your Effort Will be for Naught 123

Tactics 125

Essential Elements 127

Common Mistakes to Avoid 131

Tool: Scale and Sustainability Score Sheet 133

Tales 142

Step 8 Monitoring and Continuously Improving-Taking Advantage of the Changes you Will Encounter 147

Tactics 149

Essential Elements 149

Common Mistakes to Avoid 151

Tool: The 3 R's: Review, Revise, Repeat 153

Tales 155

Conclusion: Using the Tactics and Tools to Make a Real Difference 159

Appendix: Sample Completed Tools 165

Index 197

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