"With the Ten Tasks approach we made a huge leap in capability, with a manageable level of disruption. We have since decided to apply this system on another technology application, which should indicate it's value to our organization" (Dave Reeves, vice president, Chevron Products Company)
"The Ten Tasks of Change is a must-read for anyone engaging and leading organizational change work." (Adrienne Seal, senior organizational effectiveness consultant, The Clorox Corporation)
"Bridges the theory and practice of organizational change. Individuals at every level of the organization will benefit from the clear concepts outlined in this book." (Elizabeth Thach, associate professor, school of business, Sonoma State University)
"Will be particularly useful to managers and executives-demystifies change processes by framing them as work tasks. A useful addition to the change literature." (Edwin C. Nevis, consultant, author, president of Gestalt International Study Center)
"Those who truly want to build commitment for new major initiatives, would do well to use the Ten Tasks as a guide." (Rick Maurer, author, Beyond the Walls of Resistance and Building Capacity for Change Sourcebook)
"By peeling off the change jargon, the authors allow the reader to understand what needs attention and to practice logical, concrete, realistic steps to accomplish organizational change." (Gerald V. Miller, president, Gerald V. Miller Associates)
"Delivers as advertised. Use this book as a guidebook and understand these tasks, and organizational change will be better understood, and more importantly, achieved." (Kevin Eikenberry, president, Discian Group)
"...the authors state that their aim is to bridge the gap between theory and practice...they have certainly succeeded..." (Professional Manager, November 2001)
"Chapter provide an easy, pragmatic approach to achieving the basics of tasks of the framework presented by the authors." (Library Bookwatch, 1/02)
Do work groups at your business interact internally as "headless horsemen," "feudal lordships," or "mindless centipedes?" In this book, organizational experts Jeff Evans and Chuck Schaefer identify the weaknesses of those work-group structures, and offer advice on how to reshape them so they function more effectively. That process, in turn, is part of the co-authors' 10-step, action-oriented approach to organizational change. "This book has been created to be a bridge between theory and practice in guiding organization change ... It approaches organization change as work, something that people can do, rather than as something that happens to them." So, if you're a "steward of change" at your organization, check out this instructive title.
Fatbrain reviewed this book and the publisher's summary, and found that the summary accurately reflects the book's contents.
Schaefer and Evans provide an extensive list of references, including: The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization, The Change Handbook: Group Methods for Shaping the Future, and Performance by Design: Sociotechnical Systems in North America.
Reviewed by MH - May 11, 2001
Specialists in organization systems offer an approach to change linked to the basic organizational capacity of planning and managing work. They provide a logical framework for thinking through the objectives of change, planning activities to achieve those objectives, and selecting principles to accomplish them. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)