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

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Jun 24, 2009 - Business & Economics - 556 pages
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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Contents

IMPROVING METHODS
1
SUPPORTIVE METHODS
10
Mean
72
Thoughts About the Future from the Lead Authors
131
Quick Summaries
196
Action Review CycleAAR
202
Appreciative Inquiry
211
Balanced Scorecard
219
Dynamic Planning Charrettes
272
GemeinsinnWerkstatt
285
Idealized Design
298
Large Group Scenario Planning
311
Online Environments
325
OpenSpaceOnline RealTime Methodology
338
PeerSpirit Circling
351
Rapid Results
366

Collaborative Loops
227
Community Summits
235
The Conference Model
243
Conversation Café
251
Dialogue and Deliberation
259
Search Conference
379
Strategic Forum
395
References Suggested by Multiple Contributing Authors 456 End Notes
461
About the Lead Authors
484
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