The Change Handbook: The Definitive Resource on Today's Best Methods for Engaging Whole Systems: Easyread Large Edition

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Jun 24, 2009 - Business & Economics - 588 pages
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This book is about effective change. It describes methods for changing ''whole systems,'' that is, change based on two powerful foundation assumptions: high involvement and a systemic approach to improvement. High involvement means engaging the people in changing their own system. It is systemic because there is a conscious choice to include the people, functions, and ideas that can affect or be affected by the work. Whole system change methods help you initiate high-leverage, sustainable improvements in organizations or communities. ''High-leverage'' is emphasized because in any improvement effort, we want the highest possible value for the effort invested. We believe that involving people in a systematic way is a key to high leverage and that the methods in this book can provide this leverage for you. You'll need to determine the one(s) best suited to moving your organization or community to the culture you want. We wrote this book to support your efforts. The book is intended to answer questions such as: What methods are available that have proven successful in addressing today's needs for organizational or community change? What are the key distinctions among these methods? How do I know if a method would be a good fit for my organization or community? How do I get started after I select one or more methods? To make a good choice, you'll need some basic information. Rather than provide details of how to do each method, we give you an overview of what's available and some tools to help focus your exploration.
  

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I got this from the library and just read one chapter on Appreciative Inquiry, because I'd heard about it as a method for finding joy in your life and wanted to know more about it. The book is really ... Read full review

Contents

IMPROVING METHODS
1
SUPPORTIVE METHODS
31
Thoughts About the Future from the Lead Authors 156 66 From Chaos to Coherence The Emergence of Inspired Organizations
157
Future
179
Quick Summaries
224
Consensus Decision Making
276
The Drum Café
293
Future Search
309
JazzLab
336
The Learning Map Approach
349
Open Systems Theory
363
Participative Design Workshop
376
The Practice of Empowerment
392
Search Conference
409
References Suggested by Multiple Contributing Authors 488 End Notes
493
About the Lead Authors
517

Human Systems Dynamics
323

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