From bestselling author Michael Fullan, wisdom for thriving intoday's complex environment
Successful organizations adjust quickly and intelligently toshifts in consumer tastes, political climate, and economicopportunity. How do they do it? The Six Secrets of Changeexplores essential lessons for business and public sector leadersfor thriving in today's complex environment. Fullan draws on hisacclaimed work in bringing about large-scale and substantial changein education reform in both public school systems and universities,as well as engaging in major change initiatives internationally.This book is filled with lessons that are insightful, actionable,and concisely communicable.
"Fullan has an uncanny ability to produce what is needed at thetime it is needed. The six secrets are based in theory, grounded inpractice, powerful in their relationship to each other, anddescribed in ways that enable deep understanding. It is arefreshing change from the surface lists of leadership and changeideas that all too often permeate education and businessliterature." —Vicki Phillips, director of education, Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation
- Includes so-called leadership "secrets" that are decoded to beaccessible and useful
- Offers illustrative examples from a variety of businesses,health organizations, and public education systems
- Lays out the six factors to organizational success:collegiality, long-range plans allow for the unknown, nurtureemployees, learning, leadership at all levels, and positivepressure must be inescapable
- Michael Fullan is the author of the acclaimed best-sellerLeading in a Culture of Change
Fullan convinces us that a leader who attends to all six keyfactors will have an organization that is constantly learning,growing, and thriving.
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About the Author
Michael Fullan is professor emeritus of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Recognized as a worldwide authority on organizational change, he is engaged in training, consulting, and evaluating change projects around the world. Fullan is author of Change Leader and Leading in a Culture of Change. He lives in Toronto.
Table of Contents
About the Author xiii
Introduction: Have Theory, Will Travel 1
Secret One: Love Your Employees 19
Secret Two: Connect Peers with Purpose 39
Secret Three: Capacity Building Prevails 55
Secret Four: Learning Is the Work 73
Secret Five: Transparency Rules 91
Secret Six: Systems Learn 105
Conclusion: Keeping the Secrets 123
What People are Saying About This
"Fullan's practical guide is a lucid and encouraging book, likely to appeal to and assist managers at all levels." (Publisher's Weekly, 03/20/08)
Fullan (Leading in a Culture of Change) argues that the world is too complex for any theory to possess unassailable certainty, and leaders should shy away from relying on a single blueprint for success. Instead, good leaders should use theories of action to guide their decisions, but remain open to new data that may direct further action. Fullan advocates adopting “theories that travel”—practical insights that travel across sectors, geography and culturally diverse situations and point to actions likely to be effective given the circumstances. To help managers navigate change, Fullan shares six secrets designed to help with large-scale reform: “Love Your Employees, “Connect Peers with Purpose,” “Capacity Building Prevails,” “Learning Is the Work,” Transparency Rules” and “Systems Learn,” and provides guidelines for making these secrets work. Although the six secrets are hardly radically new ideas and are presented as a bit of panacea, Fullan’s practical guide is a lucid and encouraging book, likely to appeal to and assist managers at all levels. (May.) (Publishers Weekly, March 17, 2008)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is quite simply the best book on organizational / systemic change that I have read. By virtue of being fairly simple, yet heavily nuanced, Fullan's theory provokes you to assess your own experience and assumptions. I very much recommend this to anyone interested in how change happens in the business / education / social organizations.
Great overview of concepts and personal research of the author. Not terribly scholarly but a good read.
Great book on change and the consequences of doing so "internally", it is a book with many important concepts for the job. Those secrets have to do with team group, and analysis of some situations. Good job !!!