Who Killed Change?: Solving the Mystery of Leading People Through Change

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Harper Collins, May 26, 2009 - Business & Economics - 160 pages
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Who Killed Change?

Solving the Mystery of Leading People Through Change

Every day organizations around the world launch change initiatives—often big, expensive ones—designed to improve the status quo. Yet 50 to 70 percent of these change efforts fail. A few perish suddenly, but many die painful, protracted deaths that drain the organization's resources, energy and morale.

Who or What Is Killing Change?

That's what you'll find out in this witty whodunit. The story features a Columbo-style detective, Agent Mike McNally, who's investigating the murder of yet another change. One by one, Agent McNally interviews thirteen prime suspects, including a myopic leader named Victoria Vision; a chronically tardy manager named Ernest Urgency; an executive named Clair Communication, whose laryngitis makes communication all but impossible; and several other dubious characters.

The suspects are sure to sound familiar and you're bound to relate them to your own workplace. In the end, Agent McNally solves the case in a way that will inspire you to become an effective Change Agent in your own organization.A step-by-step guide at the back of the book shows you how to apply the story's lessons to the real world. Key questions help you evaluate the health of your organization's change initiatives, and you'll learn best practices for enabling and sustaining the desired change.

 

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Books like this are very mind-startling in the sense that it just prods the heart to what really is dying around and about us and needs to be urgently attended to. I‘d really love to lay my hands on the book and stop reading-about the internet.

Contents

Scene of the Crime
1
Culture
7
Commitment
14
Sponsorship
22
Communication
33
Urgency
41
Reflections on Urgency and Vision
51
Budget
63
Trainer
71
Reflections on Plan Budget
83
Accountability
96
Super Cops and Stakeholders
103
The Autopsy Report
109
Change Lives
124
About the Authors
145
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Ken Blanchard, PhD, is one of the most influential leadership experts in the world. He has co-authored 60 books, including Raving Fans and Gung Ho! (with Sheldon Bowles). His groundbreaking works have been translated into over 40 languages and their combined sales total more than 21 million copies. In 2005 he was inducted into Amazon's Hall of Fame as one of the top 25 bestselling authors of all time. The recipient of numerous leadership awards and honors, he is cofounder with his wife, Margie, of The Ken Blanchard Companies®, a leading international training and consulting firm.

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