The Six Secrets of Change: What the Best Leaders Do to Help Their Organizations Survive and Thrive

The Six Secrets of Change: What the Best Leaders Do to Help Their Organizations Survive and Thrive

by Michael Fullan

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ISBN-13: 9781118152607
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 11/22/2011
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 313,106
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.50(d)

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.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments xi

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

References 137

Index 145

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"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)

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Six Secrets of Change 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
arturtaevere on LibraryThing 8 months ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great overview of concepts and personal research of the author. Not terribly scholarly but a good read.
Robinhoodbook More than 1 year ago
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 !!!