Leading Strategic Change: Breaking Through the Brain Barrier

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FT Press, 2002 - Business & Economics - 194 pages
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As Yogi Berra once said, "90% of baseball is mental. The other half is physical." So, too, with business and change. Today, virtually every organization faces massive change. Many organizations are "taking the bull by the horns" with proactive change initiatives designed to anticipate tomorrow's market realities. Unfortunately, most attempts to initiate or manage change will fail, for one key reason: you cannot change organizations without changing the individuals within them. This book focuses on the individual component of organizational change, offering a complete framework for "remapping" the way individuals view their companies and their shared goals. Leading executive consultants J. Stewart Black and Hal B. Gregersen identify the "mental maps" that exist within each of us: the expectations we hold about our organizations, their competitive environments, and our roles within them. They demonstrate how these mental maps may hold the greatest obstacle to successful organizational change -- and systematically show how to transform these maps, giving every individual a new and more positive destination. For every executive, manager, and business strategist concerned with successfully changing organizations to meet new challenges.
 

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Contents

The Challenge of Leading Strategic Change
1
Brain Barrier 1 Failure to See
17
The Keys to Seeing Contrast and Confrontation
45
Brain Barrier 2 Failure to Move
63
The Keys to Moving Destinations Resources and Rewards
75
Brain Barrier 3 Failure to Finish
89
The Keys to Finishing Champions and Charting
105
Breakthrough Innovation and Growth
113
Leading Strategic Change Toolkit Conceiving
135
Leading Strategic Change Toolkit Believing
153
Leading Strategic Change Toolkit Achieving
165
Getting Ahead of the Change Curve
177
Index
189
Back Flap
198
Back Cover
199
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J. STEWART BLACK, Ph.D. is a professor of business administration at the University of Michigan. An internationally recognized scholar on change and transformation, he is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences around the world and company functions and is regularly sought out to help leading companies globally with strategic change initiatives and the development of their senior leaders and high-potential managers. Dr. Black has served on the faculties of the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College and the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of eight other books and nearly 100 articles and case studies that have been widely used in both university classrooms and corporate boardrooms.

HAL B. GREGERSEN, Ph.D. is the Donald L. Staheli Professor of Global Leadership in the Marriott School at Brigham Young University. Previously he taught at Dartmouth College, Pennsylvania State University, and the Turku School of Economics in Finland as a Fulbright Fellow. Dr. Gregersen is a frequent keynote conference speaker on leading strategic change and an executive education contributor in companies (Cemex, IBM, Intel, LG Group, Lockheed Martin, Marriott, and Nokia) and universities (University of Michigan, Helsinki School of Economics, Tufts University, Thunderbird, and University of Western Ontario) around the world. As author of seven books and over 60 articles in publications like the Harvard Business Review and Sloan Management Review, Dr. Gregersen is a globally respected scholar on how firms find and build executive leaders capable of conceiving and achieving worldwide change. He has appeared on programs such as CNNfn. His cutting-edge research on global leadership has been cited in numerous publications such as BusinessWeek, Fortune, and The Wall Street Journal.

Black and Gregersen are co-authors of Global Explorers: The Next Generation of Leaders; So You're Going Overseas: A Handbook for Personal and Professional Success; and So You're Coming Home.

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